4 Ways to Improve Remote Working ProductivityOct 17, 2021
How can you be productive when working from home?
It doesn't matter if you're an entrepreneur or if you work from home for a company, there are things that you can do to be productive working from home.
Number one, have a dedicated space.
If you're fortunate to have a spare bedroom, that could be your work office. Or if you have kiddos at home but they're in school during the day, perhaps you can commandeer their room as your temporary office.
Having a dedicated space puts you in the mindset of working.
If you live in a smaller place, like a small apartment, consider making your kitchen table your dedicated workspace.
This is all about getting into the mindset that when you are in this area, this is your workspace.
Have other people around? Kids, spouses, in-laws? Make sure they know that when you are in your workspace, you are working.
Number two, have office hours.
When you go to an office where you have office hours of 8 am to 5 pm, it's black and white. You're at work at eight, you come home at five, it's black and white. When you work from home, it's kind of gray. When are you working? When are you home? What are you the mom? When are you the dad?
You need to have office hours and you need to share them with the people you live with. They need to know this. YOU need to know this. I would even go so far as to post these office hours on your doorframe, the door of the kitchen, the refrigerator, wherever you need to.
Number three, minimize distractions.
Distractions are a big problem when you're working from home because even if you are an empty nester, it's really tempting to go out to get something to drink and think, Wow, I should empty the dishwasher. Or, I should put a load of laundry in the washer. Then you catch yourself, Wait, wait! What am I doing? I'm working right now.
If you went to an office to work, you would not say, Hmm, I've got to empty the dishwasher, leave work, drive home, put in a load of laundry, and drive back, right? Of course, you wouldn't. Then why do you do this when working from home?
The number one thing I tell my clients and people who follow me on social media to do: schedule these household chores or distractions. You're going to do them anyways. But if you allocate 15 or 30 minutes to them as part of your daily plan, when you get tempted, you can remember that you've scheduled time later in your day today.
Only have what you need in your immediate line of sight.
If you're writing a blog post or on your book manuscript, only have what you need right in front of you. Don't have anything you don't need for the task at hand.
Put your phone on do not disturb. Maybe even turn it off. You need to eliminate as many distractions as possible.
Number four: take as many micro breaks as you need.
What is a micro-break?
It's when you get up from wherever you are and walk outside. This gets your blood moving. If it's cold outside, grab a jacket. If it's raining, well don't go stand out in the rain but still go outside if you can do so sheltered. Don't be on your device, don't talk to anybody, don't even think about what you're working on, or what you have to do next. Just be quiet. Be fully present. Maybe do some deep breathing. This should only take you three to five minutes from the time it starts but micro-breaks are life-changing.
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