Working from home has its benefits and also its challenges just like many other choices we make in life. I have had my fair share of work as both a 9 to 5er with a set paycheck, and the work at home hustle where it’s feast or famine depending on my output. You know that feeling at the end of the day when you feel so tired from a busy day, yet somehow you feel so very unaccomplished? That pretty much sums up the thought of being or feeling unproductive.
Here are 10 things that serve as reminders for anyone taking on the work at home life.
Get an early start – Getting a late start in the day never helps unless you were up til 2am the night before. Make an effort to get up early and start early. Sometimes this could mean waking up before the kids are up when you will have the silence you need to really focus. The earlier you get started with work, the likelihood you won’t be working late when you should be spending time with family.
Set a daily schedule – There is nothing I hate more than feeling lost in my day. Asking yourself what you did and what you need to do throughout the day is only going to make you feel crazy. Make a simple schedule for what you want to get accomplished during your day, and stick with it. If you need to set a timer for each project then do so. Once the timer goes off, it’s time to move on to the next thing you have scheduled.
Prioritize your tasks – You might have a large list of things you want to get done, but which ones are the most important? Schedule the tasks that require the most focus before lunchtime. This leaves you with a sense of accomplishment in the afternoon that may help you keep your mental drive strong while you push through the remaining tasks of the day.
Work without distraction – Do you find yourself checking email, then checking your phone for new texts, then checking your Skype or instant messenger, then back to email? Free yourself from distractions as much as possible. You can get more done when you stay focused on one specific aspect of work for a longer period of time without distraction.
Work in silence – Noise overload doesn’t help you work more efficiently, so make an effort to either get in a silent place, or if you find soothing music helps you get in your zone, find some noise canceling headphones that will shut out all the background sounds in your home so you can get stuff done!
Take modest breaks – If you feel like you just need to grind it out without any break time for yourself, you are probably not going to be as productive. Taking breaks helps you to detach from work so you can get recharged and feel refreshed. Don’t take too long of breaks, but several throughout the day can make all the difference when strategically placed.
Hit the gym – Exercise is an extremely important aspect of not only your physical health, but also mental health. Making the effort to either go to the gym for a 30 minute workout, or even getting in a solid brisk walk, can help to get those mental juices flowing and keep you sane throughout the day.
I hope you enjoyed this list. If you have any tips that have helped you become more productive I would like to hear about them in the comment section below.