When someone uses the term, “working from home,” it conjures up images of lounging around in comfortable clothes and clocking in on a computer. While those things are often accurate, remember, you are still a professional in your field. And you want to come across that way, even if you are behind a keyboard. So, here are a few tips to stay productive and manage your time wisely while working from home.
Stick to a Schedule
It can be tempting to do your work whenever you want. However, it is important to stick to a regular schedule. Be your own boss and create a routine just as you would at a regular day job. The best part about working from home is you don’t have to stick to a 9 to 5, Monday to Friday position unless your job requires it.
Are your friends calling you to meet up for lunch? Is that Pinterest board calling your name? It might be time to say “no,” so that you can get things done. Be sure that your friends and family understand that you need to focus.
Make a To-Do List
Have you ever sat down in front of your desk and then asked yourself, “Was I supposed to send that email today?” or “What was that project I had to finish?” To save money, it is vital to make a to-do list. But it doesn’t have to be long and drawn out. Just simply jot down what you need to do that day and block it into your schedule.
To make things even easier, edit your to-do list at the end of each day when things are fresh in your mind. It will reduce your work-related stress in the long run.
This may sound contradictory against the last piece of advice, but it is important that you take breaks. So, include in some time in your schedule to have lunch with your buddies when working from home. This will help you avoid those feelings of isolation. However, you don’t want to spend more than 20 to 40 minutes, or you’ll be distracted by other things.
Going out for coffee is a nice break that doesn’t take up too much time. Also, avoid going out too much, or that to-do list will pile up quickly. So, keep it down to one or two times a week, maximum.
A Few Last Thoughts on Being Productive While Working from Home
Productivity when working from home may seem impossible with all the distractions. Hopefully, these tips will get you started in the right direction. Try one each day for the next week to see which works for you. You may want to use one, or all four. However, whatever you do, be sure to be the best professional working from home you can be.