Events in the past two years have led to many more people working from home for various reasons. Working from home has many advantages, but it’s easy to get distracted, which means you can’t get as much work done. Here are some easy ways to increase your productivity when you’re working from home:
Establish a morning routine
Even though working at home gives you flexibility, it’s still beneficial to start your day with a basic routine that allows you to get ready for the workday. You may want to get some household chores done, prep dinner, or just scroll through your social media feeds before you start work for the day. Be aware of the amount of time you have before you need to start working so you can complete your work in a timely manner. You may want to set a timer or alarm to let you know when to start work for the day.
Schedule work time
Think about what you need to get done in a workday and consider the amount of time needed to complete those tasks. Schedule your workday around other necessary things that must be completed around the house. Some who work from home prefer to get everything done in one sitting while others work better by completing certain tasks amid doing other things around the house. Working from home often means that you can choose your work hours within reason if you have good time management skills.
Set boundaries with family
If you have others at home during your work hours, it’s essential to set boundaries. Let them know that your work time is off-limits for conversations and distractions unless there is an emergency that requires your attention. This can be difficult if you have small children at home, so you may need to work during their nap time or get help from a spouse or other family member for childcare. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with childcare if you need it.
Working from home isn’t for everyone, but there are many benefits for those who are looking for flexibility. Being able to manage your time is essential to having a productive day while working at home. Set some boundaries and use your time wisely during the day to maximize productivity with work tasks and the things you need to do to keep your home running.
By Brittney Dockery for Vertu Marketing LLC