Let’s face it, working from home is an ideal work scenario for many people, while for others it can be quite challenging.
Working from home has some major advantages: you’ll waste less time commuting, which means you’ll have more time to do the things that you enjoy.
You can work from your backyard or any other place you like, you don’t have to follow a strict dress code, and you can also adjust the schedule to fit your daily routine.
But, working from home can be also stressful and complicated. Many people find it difficult to adapt to a home office while remaining productive and motivated during the whole day.
Whether you’re working from home for a while now, or you have to adapt to this new global reality, we’ll share with you a couple of simple yet effective tips on how to make working from home work for you.
Establish a Daily Routine
To increase your productivity when working from home it’s highly important to have a daily schedule. You need to determine the time for work, lunch, breaks, exercise, and of course leisure-time. Once you set up a daily schedule try your best to stick with it.
Waking up, starting with work and having lunch breaks approximately at the same time every day will help you establish a daily routine.
Having a routine positively affects your productivity, because doing things at the same time helps to create a habit. When something becomes a habit it’s much easier to get things done.
Get Ready for Work
The fact that you can stay in your favorite comfy pajamas sounds very tempting, doesn’t it?
In reality, spending the day in your pajamas is not the best of ideas and in most cases, it’s a real productivity killer.
When we wear comfortable clothes our subconscious mind perceives it as if we’re getting ready for sleep, and it’s very difficult to focus on your work and avoid crawling back to bed.
When you put your jeans or leggings on, do your hair (or your makeup), your mind will know that it’s time for work, and you’ll find it easier to concentrate on your tasks.
This of course doesn’t mean that you have to put a formal suit on, since something comfortable that isn’t your sleepwear will do just fine.
Make a To-do list
It can be very pragmatic to make a to-do list of your daily tasks, ideally first thing in the morning before you even begin with your work.
Not only will you have a better overview of your tasks (and plan the amount of time for each individual task), but the feeling of achieving your goals at the end of the day is also very rewarding.
Remember to Take Breaks
Even if you work from home, you should still take regular breaks. They will help your mind and body to refresh, and prevent you from burning out.
There are countless ways to spend your breaks. You can use them to do some stretching exercises, listen to relaxing music, have a snack, or make your lunch.
Breaks are really important since they separate us from work while allowing our brains to rest. When your mind and body are rested and refreshed they will automatically be more productive.