Working from home really can be a challenge, but there are great benefits too! Many FITTBE members are finding that they are actually much more productive working from home, but it takes setting some ground rules to make it work!
Make a to-do list to tackle!
Feeling like you’re accomplishing and making progress is like a snowball for productivity. As you see your progress in ticking off each goal, you’ll be able to take that momentum forward into achieving even more. Who doesn’t love to see a list full of checkmarks at the end of the day. You can conquer it!
Have a dedicated workspace
Having a dedicated workspace can really help especially for those with big families all at home. With a workspace that’s dedicated, you can be in “office” mode, and then switch to parent mode, sibling mode, or roommate mode! The space you choose should have good lighting, and make you feel inspired and productive. You need enough space to spread out, and stay organized!
Set work hours and boundaries
Setting your work hours is key. Working from home, it’s easy to “never turn off,” but you need to. Distinguishing work time, and playtime, or work time from chores time, grow time, or social time is so important. People don’t actually “multi-task,” our brains switch from task to task very quickly, so if you’re half working, and half spending time with your family, you’re really not giving either the attention it deserves.
Turn off distracting communications to stay focused
It’s nearly impossible to work productively when your phone is going ding, ding, ding with text messages or non work-related calls. It seems rude not to pick up the calls and respond, but what you get with this distraction is the inability to focus on the task at hand. Keep focused, bring all of your attention to the project you are working on. When you reach a real stopping point, then pick up your text messages, enjoy those meems, and reconnect socially.
Take real breaks and take time to enjoy healthy meals throughout the day
Treat yourself to breaks where you switch tasks completely. When you come back from a real 15-minute break, you will likely feel refreshed and ready to accomplish the next item on your list. Stay hydrated and have real meals packed with healthy ingredients. Fight the urge to “work through lunch.” Remember what we learned about multitasking? Taste your food, enjoy the break, drink some flavored water!
We hope that these tips will help you enhance your productivity and also your joy in your at-home workday!