Working from home is brilliant in so many ways. One of those ways is being in control of your own schedule, and you can do that better when you learn how to work more efficiently. Give these ideas a try and let me know what you think of these tips for working from home. What will you do with the time you’ll save by working more efficiently?
1. Get up early.
Now you’d usually get up early to make that drive to work, the small walk through town or to catch that 8.10am train. So knowing you don’t need to get up particularly early to get to the office often feels like a sigh of relief. However, getting up early even when working at home puts you into that ‘work mode’ mindset.
Studies also say that you are naturally more productive in the morning than you are in the afternoon. So get up early and start tackle those tasks you deep down know you can’t avoid anyways, get them out the way and reward yourself with a hearty lunch made from the comfort of your home!
2. Figure out what needs to get done every day and make sure to do it.
Make sure that you have a plan on how to complete the list of daily tasks on your to-do list. Putting a plan together will help you stay on top of your workload, it doesn’t matter if or how you may get interrupted as long as you get everything done by the end of the day!
3. Get dressed.
I know there are some days when working in your pjs from bed seems like the best idea in the world but it’s getting dressed makes the home office more like a real office, and tells and reminds everyone, especially you, that even though you may be sitting on the sofa reading, browsing the Web, or talking on the phone, that you are actually working.
4. Be clear about your working hours.
It can be really hard to stick to specific working hours when you work from home. Try and post your hours of operation on your door, as with any office and stick to them! Don’t pick up work calls or respond to work emails in your down time, it will set a precedent that you might not want to stick to forever.
5. Sit at a table.
I would love to lounge around on the sofa, wrapped in my favourite cozy blanket for extra comfort, especially on those colder days – i’m sure we all would. But if you’re all cosied up on the sofa it probably does not feel like a natural working environment. Sitting at a desk can really help keep up that motivation to work, having good posture when sitting and focusing on what’s in front of you, will only help your workflow.
6. Use your willpower.
It can be extremely difficult to work from home when you’re surrounded by chores you could do and hobbies or activities you enjoy. But stay strong and set boundaries for yourself. Make sure you aren’t folding laundry, scrap booking or trying to finish that overdue library book when you should be selling to a customer!
7. Spend time at the end of your work day to prepare for tomorrow.
Make your to-do list, plan your calendar, and prepare what you can so you can hit the ground running. It will make the beginning of your day go much more smoothly and be less stressful.
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