When the internet was tapped for business, many working from home opportunities arose. Geography and time are now conquerable boundaries. As my friend put it, “the internet made the world flat”, a business owner living in the US can have a Virtual Assistant from the Philippines.
Working from home is becoming a thing, and it does have a lot of perks compared to working in an office. For one, you can save a lot of time from traveling to and from the office. You also get to choose your one schedule. The advantages are many, but so are the opposites. It is therefore important to know how to avoid distractions and become more productive while working in the comforts of your home.
- Designate a Work Station – You might find having a workstation in your home ridiculous, but it is actually a wise idea. You need to separate your personal and work spaces, so you’ll not get too relaxed and procrastinate. Having a designated workstation will help condition your mind to work and encourage self-discipline. When choosing your workstation, remember to stay clear from the television, the fridge, and the bed.
- Follow a Schedule – One of the perks of working from home is having a flexible schedule but flexible doesn’t mean erratic. You need not work from nine to five every day. However, you need to identify specific hours dedicated for working to make sure your tasks are being accomplished. If you don’t set a specific time, you’ll be prone to say, “Later, I’ll do that.” You’ll be surprised to find out that at the end of the day you accomplished very little.
- Get Dressed – An old adage says, “Dress for success.” You have to do this even in your own home. Of course, there will be days when you’ll be more comfortable to work in your pajamas, but you also need to shower and get dressed to wash all the laziness away. Water is said to be therapeutic and will help bring the energy you need for the day.
- Limit Social Media Activities – Ah, social media! You know how hard it is to resist checking your phone for updates every five minutes or to avoid exchanging chat messages with a dear friend. And before you know it, you wasted precious hours just scrolling through your phone, commenting, and sending messages here and there. The suggestion is to completely put your phone away. However, if you need it to communicate with others, there are apps available for download that would block distracting sites for a set period of time.
- Take Breaks – Just as you are entitled to a work break in the office, you are also entitled to a work break in your home. Working non-stop is not good for your physical health and emotional and mental well-being. It is important that you know when to stop working. Taking break does not mean being less productive or not working. It is a time to recharge your body, mind, and spirit. By taking breaks, you give yourself a much-needed rest in order to perform better.
Thanks to the internet you can now work from home. Working productively while at home though will require careful planning and the discipline to follow through your plans. Consider the aforementioned suggestions to avoid being distracted and remain focus on what you have to accomplish.
Do you know other ways a work-from-home person can do to be more productive?