With the increase of technologically based professions and part-time and freelance work, working from home is becoming more and more common. While working from home may sound easy, it can be hard to stay productive, so here are a few tips to increase your productivity.
When working from home, it is easy for your workspace to become cluttered and disorganised. It is important that before you even start work, you begin to de-clutter. Storage solutions, like those offered by Elbowroom, are perfect for getting your home office or study organised. Invest in plastic totes, trays, and bins to organise your documents, textbooks, stationary and computer accessories. It is most effective if your storage containers are labelled and either transparent or colour coded. This will allow you to find things in your workplace quickly and effectively. It may also be a good idea to invest in some document security crates to store business records, tax invoices and or previous work samples. Just remember, an organised office is a productive office.
Set Yourself Goals
Goal setting is the best way to clarify what you need to accomplish and in what time frame. Depending on your profession and your work style, you may like to set daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly goals (or a combination of these). It is most effective if you write these goals down and pin them up in a place that is visible while you work. This will remind you of your deadlines and motivate you when you look up from your work.
In today’s technological day and age, there are many things that can distract us. When we are on the computer working at home, with no one else around, it is easy to become distracted by Internet searches, online quizzes, online shopping and computer games. Perhaps the most disrupting technological distraction is social media. Interfaces such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are incredibly addictive. It is important that before you begin work for the day you shut down any unnecessary tabs on your Internet browser and prevent yourself from accessing social media and games. Not all distractions, however, are technological. If you have young children or pets, make sure that they have something to keep them occupied while you work and check on them in your breaks.
Take Regular Breaks
While it is important that work comes first when you working from home, you will be much more effective if you take regular breaks. Taking a short 5-minute break every 20 or 30 minutes is far more productive than working for 3 hours solid but then giving up and watching television for the rest of the day. You can treat these mini breaks as rewards for being productive. In your short break you can do something such as making yourself a snack, pouring yourself a drink, playing with your pet or playing a short game on your phone. Just remember to time yourself to prevent that 5-minute break turning into a 1-hour break.
By setting goals, removing distractions, taking regular breaks and organising your workplace, you can make working from home productive. So who here works from home? What are your top tips for increasing productivity?