Nowadays, many of us choose to work from home, particularly because it can save both time and money. However, people can sometimes find working at home distracting, which can have a negative effect on their productivity levels. With this in mind, here are a few tips on how to stay focused and disciplined while working from home.
Create an appropriate working environment:
Make sure you dedicate a particular room or area to be used as your workspace. It is important that this space is kept professional, uncluttered and free from any distractions, such as a television. Make sure the space has efficient lighting and if you can, work in an area that won’t draw-in lots of outdoor noise. Your office chair should be comfortable and supporting, but make sure it is not a chair that you are likely to slouch in.
When working at home, it isn’t necessary to dress in a formal suit and tie. However, you should make sure that you wear something that is comfortable and perhaps a little different from your normal attire, as this will get you in the working mind-set. Always get dressed, as working in your pyjamas is very likely to reduce your productivity.
Make a daily or weekly schedule so that your time is well-organised. It is important that you set out your specific working hours and make sure that you do not get distracted during this time.
Maintain a healthy working day:
Just like working in an office, it is vital that you break from your work – and this does not mean you should sit in front of the television for an hour. Instead, take a brief walk, or eat your lunch outside. With lunch, resist the temptation to delve into the cupboards for junk food and a quick fix. Get into the habit of making a healthy meal the evening before, so that you have no excuse if you find yourself particularly busy.
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