Working from Home Ways to Become More Productive
Working from home is something we have all dreamed of doing at one time or another.
Being able to work at the times set by us, stay all day in pajamas, enjoy the freedom to do what we want, when we want.
This all sounds incredible.
Have you started working from home?
Maybe you have the opportunity to work on a new business project. Or, to your profession, you are lucky enough to be able to work wherever you are. Either way, working from home is always an incredible experience.
That doesn’t mean it’s as easy and fun as everyone thinks.
It requires a lot of discipline. Constant distractions, housework, and mere involvement in daily needs can be an obstacle to concentration and productivity.
Everyone lives the experience of working from home in their own way. Therefore, what works for you may not work for others.
But, with the help of the following tips and tricks, you will be able to better manage the work from home. And you will know how to do it comfortably and productively.
What is the way you work best?
Working from home importance of a productive office
There are probably messy people among us, whose office is perpetually full of books, sketches, notes, external hard drives scattered around the desk.
Others would experience the disorder as a real nightmare. But for them (the disordered ones) chaos is a sign of a moment of high productivity.
This famous quote from Albert Einstein, for example, might comfort you if you work in disorder:
If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what does an empty desk indicate?
It is important for each of us to discover for ourselves what makes more productive. What kind of environment do you work best in?
In which environment do you work best? Do you prefer clutter? Is there organization behind your clutter?
There is no right and wrong answer to this. But it’s certainly worth trying different work environments to see where you are best at.
In this perspective, let’s examine some “universal” methods, valid for workers of all types, to work from home in a more productive way.
1. Keep your work area separate from your personal area
Working from home keep the work area and living area separate
Of course, the idea of watching tv while you work is tempting, if you have some downtime. But it is a habit that greatly decreases productivity. Furthermore, the more the “two worlds” tend to merge, the more difficult it is to distribute one’s time in a balanced way between one and the other.
The biggest challenge is being able to leave your problems at work if you have had a hard day. I once, when I was working from home, I tried to work from my bedroom. Well, after a long day, I got the tremendous feeling of not being able to “get away from work”.
In a study reported by the Canadian national newspaper The Globe and Mail,
Canadian professionals were asked what their biggest distractions were in working from home.
Here are the top five answers:
Attention required by children and families
Inability to access adequate equipment / tools in the office
Desire to complete housework
Temptation to keep the TV on as ‘company’
Lack of adequate workspace
Sound familiar to you? You have probably experienced one or more of these issues in working from home.
Work from home only at set times and without distractions
Here’s how to get around the problem: a clear distinction (physically or mentally) must be interposed between the workspace and the personal entertainment space. Separation can consist of both dedicating specific time slots to work and keeping distractions away.
It can be difficult at first to estrange yourself from situations that may occur at home, but it is very important to do so. If you have the opportunity, try to get a bedroom.
Working from home
We are amazed to hear of entrepreneurs who have achieved their goals by working long and late. One thing that is often not said, however, is that these people take time to themselves.
They know when to stop and when to unplug.
It is important to know that there is nothing wrong with taking a break. You can watch TV a few hours. You can do what you want and when you want, if you feel you deserve it.
The Becoming Minimalist team has identified some compelling reasons as to why it is important to unplug.
Taking a break from work helps erase unhealthy feelings such as jealousy, envy, and loneliness.
Taking a relaxing break fights the fear of losing.
Life offers us wonderful things.
Unplugging is refreshing.
So ok, go ahead and indulge in a marathon of your new favorite show on Netflix. Dust off your exercise mat and start doing yoga. Do whatever you like!
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