There are some amazing perks of working from home like taking calls in your underwear or writing emails in your pyjama. If that doesn’t sound too appealing, think about it this way. You’re saving time, don’t need to commute to the office and you can take a nap, eat or go to the gym whenever you want.
Sounds too good to be true? I’ve been working from home for almost a year now and I can tell you with confidence – there’s always the “dark side” like in Star Wars. After the initial boost of doing things your way has past, you’re left with countless distractions at home, decreased productivity, and a fridge full of food.
Been there, done that. Today I want to share my simple, actionable working from home tips.
My first advice for you is to prepare for next day. How? It could be something as simple as writing the next day’s tasks in a notebook. If you’re writing an article, try to find websites where you can check for inspiration or information. This helps me because sometimes in the morning it’s hard to concentrate and kick start the day. Preparing in advance makes sure that I can start to work instantly instead of pushing myself to start something.
For me, it’s imperative to have a daily plan or daily routine. It’s easier to work when you know what you need to do in that hour or at the evening. Every day I’m going to the gym, so I found the least productive hours in my day and I decided – it’s the best time for the gym. It’s about 1 – 3 PM. Try to explore yourself every day. Experiment. Try different methods, something as simple as best or worst hours to work. Because honestly, sometimes it’s better just to watch a movie or take a nap than pretend you’re working.
Sometimes when I’m working, I’m using a slightly modified Pomodoro Technique. I’m working for 40 – 50 minutes and after that I’m rewarding myself with 10 – 20 minutes rest. Cause you know, that 50 minutes of “real” work is much better than 3 hours of pretending.
70 – 80%
My daily goal is not to finish all tasks I have; I’m not a robot. I’m very happy when I’m able to do about 70 – 80 % of daily tasks. Because it’s hard to finish everything every day, when you’re writing tasks in a notebook, try to start with the most important tasks and leave less important ones for the end of the day.
Trick or Treat
Sometimes you are in a bad mood or you don’t have the desire to work at all. It happens. When it does, my conscience can destroy me at the end of the “useless” day. So I’m using something like a trick in these cases. I’m writing down all my daily done tasks in my notebook. Doesn’t matter if it’s as small as answering an email or writing an intro to this post. It’s still a task. At the end of the day, you’ll see the list of done things and realise the day wasn’t so bad after all.
The effect of music listening on my work performance is amazing. You can find an article where it says that music can boost your work productivity for 2-3 times. I can agree with that! Try to find your work music. For example, I’m always listening to rap, but now while I’m writing this article, I’m listening to Johnny Cash music. I don’t know if it’s country, jazz or blues, but it’s helping.
The last advice is to work outside your home (your comfort zone). Almost in every city you can find hub or co-working space. Of course, it costs some money, but the atmosphere there is superb. It always looks like the others are working hard, and you don’t want to fall behind. It could be extra motivation for you. You can also find some really awesome people there, make new friends or business partners.
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