With its spacious floor plan, spectacular views and high-tech amenities including complementary Wi-Fi, why wouldn’t you want to work from your apartment instead of a cramped cubicle in an office building? Distractions. Procrastination. Lack of motivation. The same comfort and flexibility that makes working from home so desirable sometimes leads to decreased productivity. Instead of succumbing to time-wasting videos on YouTube or doing your spring cleaning, use these tips to stay motivated and increase your productivity when working from home.
First the Worst
These three words are more than just a phrase school kids chant. They are actually the best advice you will ever receive. If you tackle the task you are least looking forward to first, you are less likely to procrastinate and the rest of your work day will fly by.
Dress for Success
Go ahead, pajama wearers—let out those groans now. While it is nice to have the option of wearing your favorite jammies or yoga pants when you work from home, it’s important to set psychological work/relaxation boundaries by getting dressed. You don’t have to wear a tailored Tom Ford Suit or anything. Just put on something you wouldn’t be embarrassed to wear in public.
Make a Schedule
It doesn’t matter if you do your best work late at night or early in the morning. The key to optimizing productivity at home is to set a schedule and stick to it. Use an online calendar or time-management app to simplify the process. Structure your time in blocks so you aren’t constantly bouncing from one task to another and then back again. For example, you might schedule specific times to:
- Check e-mail
- Work on a presentation
- Do research
- Read industry blogs
- Update your computer
Turn off push notifications and log off of other potential distractions during work hours to complete tasks without interruptions.
Do you work from home? Share your advice for staying productive with other members of the virtual workforce in the comments below.