If you work from home you know that it isn’t always the easiest thing to do. You can easily get distracted by kids, pets, and chores. However, for as many distractions as there can be, there are also things you can do to help keep your focused, giving you a more productive work atmosphere.
Create The Atmosphere
Having a productive office starts with having an actual home office and making it feel like a workspace. That means that you want to have a desk and a work chair. You’ll get less work done from the couch or your bed (it also helps to get up, get showered, and get dressed as if you were going to an actual office).
Invest in some business gear, like getting some personalized plastic cups or mugs with your business name on them to use for your water or coffee. It will give you that illusion of being at work when you don’t really have a clock to punch.
You May Actually Want To Punch A Clock
There are some days when it will seem like there just aren’t enough hours in the day and you may just want to put your fist through the clock on the wall, but that’s not what this paragraph is about. Set yourself work hours, sign yourself out for breaks and for lunch, and stick to an actual work schedule. This will help you get more done and keep you from working all through the night.
You can use your smartphone to set reminders when it’s break time. You could probably even find a time clock app (there’s an app for everything). If you’re usually using your phone for work you can download the app on your tablet instead.
Set Goals And Write Them Down
Lists and goals are a couple of the things that people that are highly productive use to keep themselves productive. Write down your goals for the work day and make sure to include all that you need to accomplish. Try getting through the harder items first so you can slide through the easy ones toward the end of the work day when you’re starting to feel drained.
Make lists of things that you need to accomplish on a daily basis for work, like checking emails. You can list things in order, and sometimes it helps to have a set morning ritual (get coffee, check emails, make calls, work on your website, etc.).
If you do all of these things you’ll surely be working toward a more productive work day at your home office. You may find that you even get more work done, allowing yourself to make more money in a day or to work toward an extra day off once in awhile.