5 Ways To Be More Productive When Working From Home

Working from home sounds like a great perk for anyone who wants to escape the office for a few days a week or even the ideal working situation for contractors and consultants. Escaping office distractions should mean you become more productive but sometimes that’s not the case. Working from home can bring up a lot of other distractions that have a negative effect on your productivity. To avoid a nosedive in productivity levels we have put together a handy little guide to keep you on track.  

 

5 Ways To Be More Productive When Working From Home  

 

Structure Your Day As If You Are Going Into The Office 

When you are working from home, you can feel a bit more relaxed, like you‘re not actually working. Without colleagues or managers being around, you might feel like you can structure your day a little differently, which can lead to losing focus.  To avoid this, you should structure your day as if you are going into the office. Book in working time in your diary, schedule in phone calls etc, just like a normal day in the office, it will help you keep focus, and be more productive.  

Have a dedicated workspace 

Even though you are not working in the office doesn’t mean you can’t have an office. Set up a dedicated working space in your home, that you don’t associate with your leisure time. This will help you stay focused when working, without any distractions, and when you finish, it will make you feel like you’ve actually finished for the day.  

Stay Connected 

Working from home is a great way to help you stay focused, but it can also make you feel cut off for the team, and what is going on in the office. Use technology to its advantage to keep in touch with your colleagues with instant messaging, videoconferencing, and good old email.  

Take Clear Breaks 

It may be tempting when working from home to keep working all day without any breaks. Sounds tempting, right? This can have a negative effect to your workday as you will slowly burn out and lose all focus. So, make sure you schedule in breaks away from your desk throughout the day, and even get out of the house. Which brings us to the last tip…. 

 

Get out of the house  

When your productivity levels take a nosedive get out of the house! Going for a walk during a scheduled break can boost productivity levels when it’s time to get back onto work. If that’s still not working for you, try working from a coffee shop, library or public lounges, basically anywhere that has Wi-Fi, as this can help you simulate the energy of working in an office, and get you some human interaction.  

 

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