Productivity Tips For People Working From Home
Working from home is a luxury that many people get to experience with this age of technology. However, while working from home comes with many perks, it can be hard to stay motivated with so many different distractions that surround you. For those who work from home, here are some top tips that you can use to help improve your productivity for better work efficiency. Let’s take a look.
Tips For Becoming More Productive While Working From Home
Believe it or not, it’s actually better to start work early in the morning instead of at the end of the day. The reason for this is that your mind is more active, alert, and clear which can lead you to get more work done because your focus levels are higher.
Generally, when the afternoon comes, your mind begins to tire and your focus also diminishes. This is why morning workers get more work done more efficiently. When working of a morning here’s some tips to help improve your routine:
- Start your work at the same time each day. This will help you get into a better routine and teach your body to prepare for work at the same time each day.
- Don’t procrastinate to get started. As soon as you wake up, get straight to work. If you wait for a coffee or breakfast (depending on the time you get up) you’ll find your motivation will drop.
- Set an alarm to get up at the same time each day. In doing this you’ll eventually learn to wake up at the same time, sometimes before the alarm goes off.
- Depending on your job, get the easier tasks out of the way first. This will feel as if you’ve accomplished more instead of working on one major task. Save that one for the next day when all the smaller tasks are done.
Early morning starts are key to being more productive. They’re also a good way to get your work done early so you can enjoy the rest of the day off.
- Have A Dedicated Workspace
People who work from home generally have a dedicated workspace. Ideally this would be positioned away from any other distractions such as a TV. When setting up your dedicated workspace don’t forget to:
- Keep it clean and tidy each day. A clean working area will feel refreshing which will lead to more productivity. Messy areas tend to feel overwhelming.
- Set up your workspace like an office with all your essential items. Avoid having items on your desk that will draw your mind away to the other things you could be doing in the house.
- If working with children, try to teach them about when you have to work. If you have young children, setup small activities for them to do in view from your desk so you can keep an eye on them, but so they also stop distracting you to some point.
Dedicated workspaces are great for people to get into the zone when working from home. If you don’t already have one, setup your workspace so you can get yourself more motivated to succeed at your work from home job.
- Save Calls For The Afternoon
If you have a job where you do bookwork and you have to make calls, it’s a good idea to make the calls in the afternoon. Why you ask? Because some calls may take longer than others and if you do it first thing in the morning, you’ll find it’ll cut into the time you need to do your book work. When organizing calls don’t forget to:
- Schedule them in advance so your clients are well aware when you’re going to call.
- Schedule an extra half an hour in between phone calls if you think they’re going to take a while. Make sure they’re spread out enough so if you do go longer you don’t have an angry client waiting.
- Keep conversations on point to help improve the productivity of the phone call. You’ll get more work done if you keep to the point.
When it comes to phone calls, managing your time is the key, you’ll find that you’ll feel as if you’ve got more done if you do the bookwork first and leave the calls until the end of the day.
- Give Yourself Reasonable Deadlines
Deadlines are a great motivator. If you don’t already have deadlines, place reasonable deadlines on your work and try to keep to them. When setting deadlines:
- Give yourself enough time to get the project done, but not enough time to procrastinate.
- Don’t place too many deadlines on yourself in a day. Spread them out across multiple days.
- If you feel like you’re not going to get everything done in the one day, take note of how much time it takes to complete each task so you have a guideline for future deadlines.
Remember deadlines should push you and keep you motivated and productive, if they’re too severe you’ll end up getting too stressed and may become overwhelmed.
Last, but not least, it’s important to be as organized as possible. In order to do this one great way is to write down all the tasks you need to complete in a day and simply cross them off as you complete them. In doing this you’ll:
- Feel as if you’re being more productive because you’re seeing the work being finished in front of you.
- You’ll know what you have to do next and be ready for it without having to search for new things to do after one project is complete.
You’ll find when you start crossing off tasks across the day, you’ll become more motivated because you’re seeing your results of hard work.
When it comes to being productive and motivated at home, there’s so many things you can do, however if you start with these tips you’ll find that your work from home experience will be a great one. So, are you ready to work from home?