Working from home can be an absolute joy. Your day is flexible and you can set your own working hours. But it can also be your own downfall. It’s very easy to get distracted when it comes to striking a good work/life balance. I’ve recently made the switch from office job to freelance and know only to well how easy it is to get distracted. Below are some top tips on how to stay productive when working from home.
It doesn’t have to be an entire room dedicated to work but it’s a good idea to have a designated work space within the home. This makes it easier to separate work life from home life. I’m guilty of lugging my laptop onto the sofa but find my productivity levels spike when I’m seated at the kitchen table. I’m currently converting the spare bedroom into an office space and really looking forward to having a room completely dedicated to my work.
Leave the house
It’s all too easy to not leave the house at all when you work from home. Spending time outside is the perfect way to boost morale, improve focus and increase productivity. I start every day walking my furry friend and make sure to take regular breaks throughout the day.
Get day ready
Seems simple but hear me out. In the beginning comfort was key for me. I actually stopped putting makeup on for a while and would stay in my walking clothes for the rest of the day. I felt I was becoming lazy. Realistically it takes ten minutes to put on a bit of makeup and with it I feel ready to tackle the day. The key is to treat working from home just like any other job. Get day ready and you’ll instantly feel more productive.
Set goals and deadlines
It’s extremely important that you have goals and deadlines when working for yourself. Motivation is key in making your job a success. With nobody watching over your shoulder it is up to you to ensure the work gets done. Make sure you have a to-do list for your own sanity and plan your day accordingly.
Set work hours
The greatest thing about working for yourself is the flexibility. Take advantage of it but also have some basic set hours for the week. Having typical working hours helps to create the boundaries needed to separate work and home life. If you want to finish early on a Friday, to run an errand or meet a friend for a drink, then do it. Just factor it into your overall working week so there is a fair work/life balance.
I’m pretty new to working from home so would love to hear any other tips you may have to keep up productivity!