We know that working from home is a sort of mecca for many people — the ultimate work environment. You don't have to deal with annoying coworkers, you have no commute, you don't have to worry about appearances, the list goes on. But there are some very real downsides to working from home; not the least of which is decreased productivity.
Distractions and lack of accountability make working from home potentially one of the least productive work environments, including local coffee shops. With your tv right in front of you, your fridge right around the corner, and roommates and/or kids vying for your attention, it's no wonder that it's hard to get work done at home. But if you give yourself a little bit of structure and a little bit of accountability, you can turn it into the most productive place to work
Designate a Workspace
Make your work space just that - a space for work. Don't let it be used for anything else! Eating, recreation, and relaxing should be done elsewhere. Our brains are wired to associate specific locations with specific activities. When you only use your workspace for one thing (work), your brain will be ready to be productive from the moment that you sit down at your desk.
Create (and stick to) a Schedule
Humans thrive on structure and predictability. When we upset our schedule every day, we get confused and disoriented, and it makes it harder to be productive. In your schedule, draw clear lines between work and leisure, and your work time periods will explode with productivity! Some things to schedule in every day:
- Getting ready
- Outdoor time
- Brain Breaks (tv, social media, reading, etc.)
Make sure that you schedule these things throughout your day. You can maximize productivity when you work in short bursts with leisure interspersed.
To learn more about this and related topics, visit the Productivity section of our blog.
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