How To Be Productive While Working From Home
How To Be Productive While Working From Home
How to be productive while working from home... We’re all spending more time in our homes. Some of us, myself included, had to find a solution and work from home. As many of you might know already, I had no other choice because of chronic back pains.
The solution? My journey that begun at Wealthy Affiliate. But I realized I needed my own work space. Therefore, with help from my fiancée, we found the perfect solution. See the result at the end of these advises that will help you be more productive in your day.
Adapting to working from home without any previous prep can be hard, especially when you lack the space and still haven’t grown used to your new habits.
I decided to write this blog post ´to give you some essential things to take into account if you want to be productive and organized when working from home.
Even more than in a regular office, I find that a strict routine is essential when you’re working from home. You don’t have colleagues to keep you accountable for your hours, habits and posture during the day, and you don’t have to rely on public transportation schedules or the traffic to know when you should leave the house in the morning.
The lack of physical boundaries also makes it especially hard to be able to switch between home and office mode and this is even worse if you don’t have an actual home office separated from your bedroom or living room.
There are couple of things you can take into account that will be applicable to people in most situations and will help shape your overall mindset and habits during this time. Tweak your morning routine to accommodate this new way of working.
Your lack of commute means more time to do things. Try to understand what will be beneficial to keep in the morning, but consider shifting some of your old habits to turn into afternoon or evening habits.
You can now use this extra free time to cook your lunch in advance, clean your house, exercise or sleep an extra hour two. Even playing with your kids. This is entirely up to you what you spend these hours on.
Your living area is now your working space as well, so if you’re behind your cleaning routine, now’s the time to make it perfect. An untidy, unorganized environment generates high levels of stress, reduces productivity and overall shifts your focus to the mess instead of the work in front of you.
Make this a top priority during your first few days working at home. Make sure to start, pause and finish working at the same time, every day, and, if possible, using the same routine you would in regular office hours.
Get Ready For The Day
As much as it is comfy to work in your PJ’s, please don’t. After you finish your morning routine, change into something extra comfy but make sure you picked an outfit that you wouldn’t fall asleep wearing. If you need to use a suit, put it on. Think about how you dress, especially prior to your next Zoom call.
Make a ritual out of setting up your workstation in the morning and put everything away at the end of the day. This creates that illusion that there’s a limit between your working hours and your free time.
Prepping your lunch the night before or in the morning also helps you stay in track during the day and avoid cooking meals from scratch during your lunch break. All the cooking and cleanup in the middle of your day can be more stressful than relaxing so it’s important that you try to overcome the tendency of fixing your meals during your break.
If you have to take your dog outside during the day, make sure to set a couple of alarms on your phone so you go at the same time every single day. This way you won’t have to constantly worry whether they need to go outside.
I also recommend you to free more time in the morning, before you start working, to play and do a bigger workout with your dog.
Unless your dog is over-the-top high energy, this will probably guarantee that he will feel calmer and sleepier during the first part of your work day.
If there’s someone else in your household working from home and you’re sharing the same space, establish simple boundaries regarding your working hours, working space and breaks.
Are you going to take calls during the day, listen to music or bring food and drinks to your desk? Figure out beforehand what will make the other person feel comfortable during these days, as it can be hard to adapt to work from home while lacking the proper space and conditions.
Respect each other’s routines and space!
Take regularly Breaks
Make sure you take regular, hourly breaks during the day. If you live in a small space, remember to open up the windows and let the fresh air in or even take five minutes of stretching.
Finally, don’t forget to drink plenty of water during the day. Just keep a water bottle nearby and challenge yourself to drink it until lunch break and then refill it at that time.
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My Home Office
By the way, you know my latest telemarketing job I have mentioned? I love it! I start my day at 9 am and I’m usually done by 2 pm. Monday to Friday. My first paycheck is about $900 after taxes. I pay 34% in taxes... I aim for a bigger one next month.
Rest of the day and the weekends I can work on my online business.