6 Ways to Stay Productive While Working From Home

6 Ways to Stay Productive While Working From Home

According to a study by Stanford University, more than 10 percent of employees in the United States work at home. Of course, while some people report being more productive while working from their home, there are also those who cannot say the same.

If you’re new to working from home, you may find yourself lying on the couch, watching afternoon soap operas, and still in your pajamas by the time dinnertime comes along. If this is the case, then you can use some tips on how to stay productive.

Here are some great ways to make your workday at home a more effective one:

1) Set your space.

Choose one room or area in your house to be your designated workspace. It doesn’t have to be a big space; it simply needs to be enough for your needs. With a set workspace, you’ll be aware that when you’re there, it’s time for you to get serious and get cracking.

2) Define your hours.

Set a schedule for yourself, and stick to it as best as you can. Of course, the beauty of working from home is being able to be more liberal with your hours. If you opt to take three-hour breaks in the middle of the day and end your workday a little later, then that’s completely up to you. What’s important is that you establish a routine and stick to it.

3) Let your family and friends know.

Your family and friends probably believe that you keep flexible hours, and that you are always available for impromptu coffee dates or are free to do their errands. Inform your family and friends of your set working hours and ask that they be respectful of your time.

4) Dress and act the part.

As tempting as it may be to stay unshaven and work in bed, one of the best ways to keep productive is to dress the part. Take a shower, have breakfast, and get dressed for the day ahead. Afterwards, sit at your desk, create a list of your tasks for the day, and get straight to work.

5) Take breaks.

Don’t forget to take regular breaks throughout the day, just like you would if you were in a corporate setting. Take a few minutes every few hours to stand up and stretch, do some household chores, or even leave the house for a quick errand.

6) Learn to disconnect.

As difficult as it may be to go offline in this day and age, do your best to switch off your work mode as soon as your working hours are over. While you don’t have the option of leaving everything at the office, you can turn email notifications off and shut down the computer. Allow your mind and body some time to relax, and you’ll find yourself a lot more productive tomorrow.

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