Working from home is what so many of us want, right?
No dragging yourself out of bed, rushing out the door, and getting stuck in traffic!
I’ve been working from home for the past year and a half and it was a bit rock at first.
I quickly realized that working from my bed just wasn’t working so I moved to the couch but found out that wasn’t a good option either.
Both left me restless at night when it was time to get some shut-eye.
Although there are many benefits to working from home it’s important to set a good routine, otherwise, your body might tell itself that you’re on vacation.
Below are 12 tips for getting focused when working from home.
1. Workout during your workday.
Nothing energizes you more throughout the day is a good workout.
I do a quick workout each morning before I start. It helps keep me alert.
If you can’t workout first thing in the morning try doing it after lunch or at a time that works best for your schedule.
2. Have a dedicated work space.
I didn’t list these in any specific order; however, this is probably the most important thing you’ll want to do.
Creating a proper workspace will help you stay focused and help avoid distractions.
If you don’t have a desk, try the kitchen table.
Try to stay away from working in your bedroom or on the couch.
3. Get out and work somewhere else.
Even if your have a dedicated workspace work outside your house for 1 or 2 days a week.
It breaks the monotony of looking at the same walls all day, and even better, it makes your work day and work week go faster.
It also gives you some fresh air.
I usually go to my local Starbucks for a few hours a couple of days a week.
If Starbucks isn’t for you, try the library or even the park.
If you don’t have a lot of conference calls, the beach can also be a cool alternative.
4. Get out of your pajamas.
I have to be honest…I’m still working on this one, at least on the days that I’m not getting out.
It really depends on how much I have going on during the day.
If it’s a busy day or I know I have a bunch of calls and need to be at my best I will get dressed, do my hair and pretty myself up.
It’s so easy to want to keep your PJ’s on but keep in mind that it usually manifests itself in the tone of your voice if you’re too relaxed.
5. Turn off the Social Media especially Facebook.
I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how much of a distraction social media is.
This is one of the biggest time suckers of our day.
Check it in the morning if you must and maybe once during the day and a specified time but that’s it!
6. Prioritize your work.
Before you shut down each night think about what you need to accomplish the following day.
Consider deadlines and what projects will affect your bottom line the most.
7. Create a calendar.
I live by my calendar.
I don’t commit to anything without consulting my calendar first.
You don’t have to be that obsessive about it but you should keep a calendar so you can know important dates and deadlines.
I prefer to use a large calendar that displays all of the months on one sheet.
You can find these at Staples.
Of course, I also use the calendar on my phone.
8. Take breaks.
Most people you meet that don’t work from home and find out that you do will joke and assume that you don’t do much.
They think you’re home just chillin’.
Little do they know that working from home can actually be extraneous.
Although you may get a ton of work done because you don’t have the same distractions like people stopping by to say hello or listenening to your coworkers’ conversation, you also risk missing meals, stretching your legs, or catching your breath.
Take breaks throughout the day. If possible, take 5-10 mins for every hour you work.
9. Stick to a schedule.
Sticking to a schedule will help you stay organized and on point.
If you’re a morning person then save the most time-consuming tasks that require the most brain power in the mornings.
Others can wait until the afternoon. Depending on your business or job you may need to be more flexible but once you find a routine stick with it as much as possible.
At the end of the post I’ll share with you a few things you can do to help ensure you have the most productive day possible.
10. Make time to get out.
I don’t know about you but I don’t want to look at the same four walls every day.
That’s why I work out of a coffee shop a couple of days a week.
The library is a good option unless you’re on calls a lot during the day.
I’m on calls a lot during the day so the library isn’t the best choice for me.
And don’t get out of the office just to go somewhere and work but go out for lunch, use your break to do some grocery shopping or to run to the track or local park.
11. Know when to shut down.
Whenever possible shut down around the same time every day.
When the work day is over, let it be over.
Stop going back to check emails and respond to messages unless there’s an urgent project you’re working on.
12. Change how you wake up in the morning.
I learned this from entrepreneur magazine.
It’s a game changer…all except one of the steps which I’ll get to shortly.
The idea here is that the more decisions our brains have to make the more it will resist waking up but there are things we can do to combat that.
This requires moving your alarm clock to the other end of the room.
Admittedly, I snooze my alarm about 3 times before I actually wake up.
So yeah, this is the one thing I can’t change but I think I do the next best thing.
I use the alarm clock on my phone mainly because the sound of an actual alarm waking me up out of my sleep startles me.
I don’t want to be startled awake. I actually set my alarm 30 minutes before I want to get up.
My wake-up time also includes time for coffee, breakfast, exercise and reading before I get started with my day.
Drink a glass of water that you poured the evening before.
I like my water cool so I keep water in the freezer. I take it out and leave it on my nightstand.
Of course, it’s melted by the time I wake up in the morning and is not as cool.
This will give you some hydration and get you ready for the day.
Before going to bed layout your clothes for the next day.
Don’t just decide in your mind what you’ll wear but set it out in an obvious place.
Before you go to bed write your goals for the following day.
What do you plan to accomplish? Your brain will thank you!
When the brain is tired it looks for ways to take short cuts or put stuff off. It’s no longer what you need to do…it’s more about what do you feel like doing.
Alleviate that by planning the night before.
The ability to work from home is a blessing however it’s not always easy.
It definitely requires a certain level of discipline. Follow these steps and you should be able to make it work for you.
Let me know if what tips you have for getting focused when working from home.