As the world functions under a new normal, it is important to make sure that your home office is set up perfectly. Productivity was difficult for me when I started working from home 10 years ago. Being surrounded by all things comfy and relaxing, had my mind distracted, and it showed in my work. After making some small adjustments, I felt my productivity skyrocket and finally saw myself finishing tasks. I know What you are thing: “But my kids are home too!” I know the feeling. These tips can help everyone in your house buckle down and feel accomplished by the end of the day.
#1 Define your Work space.
Pick a room or area in your home that is ONLY for work. That means you do not Eat or sleep there. I know that sounds really silly, but part of preparing your mind for work is having a space that reflects WORK. Even if you live in a small space, set yourself up in a small corner by the window, or even a counter top. This tip is my favorite tip because you may have to do a little shopping. Make sure you have all your favorite office supplies, maybe a plant, and a comfortable chair.
#2 Make a Schedule
A schedule is a must to keep you on top of your work responsibilities , but I do mine a little different. Because being at home will require some spontaneous breaks, its important to not constrict your schedule with time. I like to make a Morning to-do list (before lunch) and an afternoon to-do list (after lunch). The only time I have listed is Lunch! It will give you something to look forward to in the morning and will have you feeling revved up after lunch to accomplished items on your checklist. Obviously, if you have a video meeting scheduled, add the time. But I noticed when I do not put strict time limits on tasks I do not get as anxious about my day.
#3 Summarize the Day
Its time to pat yourself on the back at the end of the day. Make a list of everything you accomplished throughout the day, and have some goals listed for the next day or the week. This provides an outline of how productive you were and what you need to work on. Maybe that is taking smaller breaks, or scheduling calls and conferences a specific time of day. You can also evaluate when you work best. During those times schedule your harder and detail intense projects during this time.
What about you?
I would love to hear what your tips are for working from home. Leave a comment and let’s stay connected.