Whether running one’s own business or telecommuting, it’s important to maximize productivity when working from home. In order to get the most amount of work done in the smallest time frame, it’s helpful to develop effective work habits. With that being said, let’s discuss some tips that should increase a person’s efficiency when working from home.
The Importance of Routine
One of the first steps to take is establishing some type of routine to follow during each work day. While it’s not usually necessary to have a rigorous and detailed schedule, it helps to have a general layout planned. For example, a person might work from 10 am to 1 pm, take a lunch break and work until all other tasks are completed. Doing so tends to reduce procrastination and should help an individual meet deadlines.
Prioritizing and Scheduling
Along with this, an individual should have a clear idea of what tasks need to be accomplished before starting each day. This can be done by making a list of tasks in sequential order including the time in which each one needs to done. Usually, this will help a person stay on track and get everything done within an allotted amount of time.
Create a Work Space
Another way to increase productivity is to work in a designated location within one’s home that is relatively quiet and secluded. Many times, distractions like noise and family members visiting can reduce productivity, so it’s important to create some space during work hours. Often this can be accomplished by using a room solely for a home office and closing the door while working.
Avoid all Weapons of Mass Procrastination
A trap that many people fall into is getting off task with counterproductive things like Facebook, Twitter and checking email. These things can definitely suck a person in and really hurt productivity. As a result, an individual should remove these temptations and only focus on getting work done. To accomplish this, it’s ideal to have one computer for personal use and one computer strictly for work. If this isn’t possible, some computers can be customized to have personal desktops where one is designated for work and one for everything else.
One of the good things about working from home is that you don’t need to spend time getting dressed or worrying about what to wear. Not that a person normally wears cocktail dresses and dinner suits to work. If you occasionally have meetings you will notice the difference in having to get dressed and look presentable.
Important to Relax
When working from home, it’s smart to designate certain times for short breaks to recharge one’s batteries. Since getting stressed out often hurts productivity, it’s helpful for a person to get up and move around periodically. By taking breaks, an individual can usually reduce stress and get more done. At night, once the work day is done, it’s important to relax and differentiate between working from home and living from home.