5 Tips to Get Work Done While Working At Home 

Working from home has its pros and cons. On one hand, you don’t have to worry about the stress of a morning commute. You can even work in your pyjamas if you want. However, home can be filled with distractions. If your children are not yet school-aged, you’ll have to stop working several times during the day. Plus, the ability to stop working for short periods of time to cook, take a walk or complete household chores could mean that your productivity could be stalled. Fortunately, there are some ways that you can make sure you get your work done at home. Here are a few practical tips you may find helpful.

Create an Office Space

One of the most effective ways to ensure that you get your work done when you’re working from home is to create an office for yourself. Even if you don’t have much space, set aside a section of your home that is strictly reserved for work. This will cut down on distractions and help you to stay organized. When you automatically associate this space in your home for work, you’re more likely to get things done at a faster rate.

Track Your Progress

Create a chart to help you chart your progress throughout the day. This lets you know how much you’ve accomplished, and gives you a clear picture of how much you have to do before the end of the day. Each time you complete a task, check it off. This provides you with a sense of accomplishment and motivates you to continue being productive.

Take Breaks

Sitting in front of the computer or organizing files for hours on end can be draining. If you were in the office, you may not be able to take breaks as often as you need to. But when you work at home, you can take a few minutes to re-focus any time. Take a few minutes to pour yourself a cup of coffee or take a walk around the block to improve your concentration. You may find that you’re able to get your work done quicker.

Make the Most of Your Mornings

Even if you hate getting out of bed in the mornings, this is likely the time when you’re going to be the most productive. Make sure that you schedule the majority of your meetings or large projects in the mornings, so that you’ll be the most alert and creative. In the afternoon (especially after lunch) you’ll likely be a little sluggish and ready to end the work day, which means you may work slower.

Making these tips a part of your at-home workday could help you to complete more projects in a shorter amount of time. You may also find that your stress levels will be lowered when you experience more productivity.

By Shondell Varcianna

March 01, 2020