For many modern professionals, working from home every once in a while, is a luxury that our respective companies afford us. It may seem like working from home is the ideal excuse for breakfast in bed, but if you’re not careful, it could also mean losing precious work hours. If you’re struggling to be as productive as you like – or would like to be even more productive – try the following tips:
Be committed to your working hours
If you commit yourself to specific hours like you do at the office, you’re more likely to get work done during those hours. One perk of working from home is that you don’t have to work 9-5. If you operate better at night, and the kind of work that you do permits it, start work at 7:00pm. But whatever your hours are, make yourself a routine, and be committed to it.
Embrace a routine
Maybe one of the things you like best about working from home is the lack of enforced structure. Which is great, but unless you create your own structure, you’ll waste away much of your day bouncing from task to task and mistaking things that seem urgent for things that are truly important. Instead, take advantage of the fact a structure is not imposed on you to choose a routine that makes you as productive as you can be. Spend a little time creating a system that will work for you. See that effort as an investment in productivity that will pay off for years to come.
Get rid of all distractions
When some people start working at home for the first time, they get distracted by TV, the internet or even the temptation of going back to bed! If you keep getting distracted, rearrange your environment so you spend less time staring into the fridge and more time doing your work. This might mean moving your laptop to a dedicated space in where you can work. Ideally, this area should be free from game consoles, a television and any other distractions.
View your home office as a competitive advantage
Some people assume that having a home office will make them feel like they’re never away from work. Flip that thinking around: If you like what you do, feel glad it’s easy for you to get work done at odd hours – hours you choose to work. Plus, you can leverage the convenience and efficiency of a home office to be more responsive and flexible than your competition.
The key to working from home success is to create an environment that allows you to focus on the tasks at hand. It is possible to be comfortable and productive at the same time! If you’re looking for exciting career opportunities – and maybe some that will allow you the perk of working from home – make sure you click through to our job section.