Sometimes I find it extremely difficult to stay focused and I am not as productive as I could be. There are so many distractions at home and it can be tempting to get caught up doing anything other than work. So, I recently started implementing new habits to improve my productivity at home and I am hoping it could do the same for you all!
It is a proven fact that the mental association you make between work and the office can make you more productive, and there's no reason that feeling should be lost when you are working from home.
Start your day like you would any other work day: Set an alarm the night before and prepare yourself for next days work. Wake up, put on nice cloths (comfy of course), make a cup of tea or coffee and head to your desk. You should get to work first thing in the morning, otherwise, you will waste time slouching around your place and losing any motivation to start your work.
3. Structure your day like you would in the office
When working from home, you have to remember that you are your own manager. Without conference calls or group meetings to break up your day, you can easily burn yourself out. Learning to manage yourself the right way is important and that includes giving yourself breaks, especially to ensure that you maintain your sanity and eat (I have definitely skipped a lot meals working from home).
Break up your day into sections, hold yourself accountable, and maintain a calendar. Keep yourself on track by creating personal reminders that tell you when to end tasks and when to start new ones. Google Calendar makes it easy.
4. Make it harder for yourself to mess around on social media
Social media is probably where most people struggle the most. Sometimes you can easily get lost in the matrix and spend hours scrolling. At work, the temptation isn't as strong, especially when you are around people or working in a group setting. Although there is a lot of convenience of working from home it can also be the detriment to your productivity.
To counteract your social networks' ease of use during work hours, remove them from your browser shortcuts and log out of every account. It's a guarantee that you won't be tempted into taking too many social breaks during the day.
5. Plan out what you'll be working on ahead of time and stay busy
So, you think you can just work on a wimp?
No, make sure you plan your day the night before. Have a to-do list ready and create clear daily tasks with deadlines. Some things may come up that will cause you to divert from the plans but try to stay as committed to your list as you can. You should wake up every day knowing exactly what you will be doing and where you will start. Also, try to stay as busy as you can and if you have a momentum going, keep it. Trying to re-create it again may be hard, so take advantage of your focus when it's on a full drive and get as much done as possible.
Lastly, do the best you can. Everyday wont be perfect but taking these little extra steps will really go along way.