A lot of companies are innovating and improving their working spaces, some of them have even turned our homes into our workspace. To many, this may sound like a dream come true, but it’s a double-edged sword.
Working from home has the dangers of sleeping in, falling asleep at any time or taking a nap on the sofa. Creating a daily routine, defining schedules and taking off your PJ’s is essential. Today, I will share five tips to increase our productivity when working from home.
1. Set your routine and schedule
The best thing about working from home is schedule flexibility, but even though we don’t have to work from 9 to 5, we should define our working hours to separate office from home. It’s true that we can sleep a little more by saving traffic time and inclement weather, but it’s important to set our waking-up time, our hours to rest and space to do all the things that require us to get out of our houses, whether it’s running errands or meeting friends.
2. Create a working space
Working from bed or in the bedroom is not an option; temptation and distraction are too big and will keep us from focusing on work. The best thing to do is to create a working space in your house that you, as well as your family members or roommates (even your pet), respect as much as an office; a sacred place where you can’t be interrupted.
3. Avoid distractions
Social media is a big problem when working from home; we seem to be available 24/7. A new meme shows up, and you have to share it, there’s a new viral video that you have to watch, and of course, there is the occasional Wikipedia hour where you go in to learn all about the Marvel universe or whatnot. This kind of distractions, when summed up altogether, make up for a big time loss almost unable to recover and breaks your already solid routine.
The solution is to stick to your routine and taking into account that you need some browsing time to like and share everything you want. I also recommend to put your phone on silent mode as well as having two browser windows: one with working tabs and one with leisure tabs. This will help you reduce the FOMO anxiety and decrease the chance of opening Facebook by accident.
4. Work from a different place once a month
One of the things that wear us off when working in an office is always to be surrounded by the same elements and people. Spending 24 hours a day in the same room is not okay for anyone. It’s a good idea to change locations once in awhile. You can go to the library, a coffee shop, some local restaurant with wifi or even take a walk to breathe fresh air and get better ideas.
5. Take small breaks during the day
Every certain amount of hours (or every 30 minutes, if you have problems paying attention) we need to distract ourselves, look anything else than a screen, drink water, read that book we’re obsessed with, walk the dog or have some coffee. We can have small breaks in many different ways to avoid the monotony of working from home. It sounds easy, but it isn’t.