Work From Home Tips
Working from home has a lot of advantages. You don’t have to worry about loud coworkers or long commutes and nobody will judge you for heating up fish in the microwave. But working from home for long periods of time also requires a level of discipline that can take some getting used to. Here are some tips and tricks that we’ve found that help us achieve peak productivity while working from home.
Scheduling your day
Establishing a routine and sticking to it is the best tip we can offer. Wake up at a set time every morning and leave yourself some freedom to have breakfast and get ready for the day. You don’t have to go business casual at home, but changing your clothes and having a morning routine is a great way to shake the tiredness off and when it’s time to start, you can sit down and get started with a full stomach and a clear head.
It’s crucial to make a calendar and stick to it. Whether it’s your Google Calendar or an old-fashioned physical planner, you should schedule your work hours and breaks so that you’re less likely to get distracted when you should be focusing on a project or task. If you need to schedule meetings, try to set them all relatively close together so you have blocks of time before or after to focus on other projects.
If you schedule your breaks, your mind is less likely to wander when you’re supposed to be focusing. Take walks outside or do a mini-workout to clear your head and give your eyes a break from the screens.
Keep your concentration
One of the downsides of working from home is that you’re surrounded by things you love and that can easily be distracting. To avoid giving in to those during work hours, schedule breaks and use a concentration app to keep you focused.
To set your do-to list, you can use Evernote, Wunderlist, or the built-in reminders app on your Apple Device. You can check things off as you go and see your whole day’s plans at once. You can also use a site blocker like Freedom, Self Control, or FocusMe to reduce your time on certain websites or block them altogether so that you’re less likely to start scrolling social media and lose focus.
Design your space
Try not to work from your couch, bed, or other places in your home that you usually associate with relaxing. If you can, design a specific workspace that has everything you need closeby and preferably away from the distractions in your home. If they’ll let you, close your pets out of your workspace as well. They love that you’re home, but it can be a huge distraction if you let them.
Make sure your tech works when it needs to
There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to work from home with tech that won’t cooperate. Offices have the luxury of an IT department, but working from home often means you’re on your own if your tech doesn’t work. If you need IT support or help with an uncooperative device, use Asurion’s free tech expert support. There’s always someone helpful and tech-savvy ready to help when you’re at your wit’s end so that you can get back to work faster.
When work is done, stop working
Another important productivity tip is to stop working when your workday is done. Not having structured work times can lead to staying up late and focusing too much on work at all hours. It’s just as important to leave work behind at a certain time as it is to stay focused during work hours in order to avoid burnout. If you use Slack or Google Chat to communicate with coworkers, utilize the Do Not Disturb functions so that coworkers aren’t able to contact you after a certain time.