Working at home is a joy. Being able to wake up and get straight to work and avoid that stressful commute is something truly amazing for us to experience as adults with busy lives.
Today we wanted to fake a look at some of the tips and tricks you can take on board if you are working from home with your business for the first time this year. There are lots of hurdles you may face working at home, but services like telephone services and tips such as designating a space can help your productivity.
Boost your ability this year with these simple tips.
1. Put on shoes
This might seem like the weirdest tip ever, but it has been shown that work mentality can do an awful lot for your productivity at home. When we are in the office we are dressed up in smart clothes and this makes us feel like we are at work, but at home we may be in our pyjamas. If you struggle to motivate yourself to work at home try getting dressed for the office and this might really increase your ability to work and your drive.
2. A clear desk
The saying goes, a clear desk equals a clear mind, and this is something that is totally true. A clear desk allows you to feel like your have space to think and breathe, and you can more easily concentrate on the task you have at hand. If your desk is cluttered with paperwork and objects, you will get distracted easily and this is something that can really hinder your ability to work effectively at home. So make sure to always clear your desk of clutter for a productive day.
3. Track tasks on a whiteboard
One of the most challenging aspects of working for yourself at home is keeping track of your tasks effectively and sticking to them. If you sometimes struggle to organise your day properly you can get yourself a whiteboard and hang this on the wall above your desk. This way, every week or every day you can write down important tasks to complete on your whiteboard and tick them off once they are done.
4. Dump thoughts in a notebook
If you are launching your own business it is always helpful to come up with new ideas and explore them. But a lot of the time you may come up with random ideas and forget to ever explore them. This is why having a notebook to dump all of your ideas is a great tool. Keep it close by and every time you come up with a new idea write it down and come back to it later. It doesn’t matter how insignificant the idea seems, it could have the potential to be great when you have the chance to explore it.
5. Hide the phone
One of the biggest distractions you will see when you work for yourself at home with no one supervising you is your mobile phone. We all get easily distracted by our phones and when we have no one looking over our shoulders making sure we are working it can be easy to fall into a trap of Facebook or YouTube. The best thing you can do when at home is to hide your phone from yourself and keep it locked away. Not only will it allow you to be more productive but it will also be better for your eyes.
6. Designate your space
If this is your first time working at home then you might not have an office space set up to work at. If not, it is important that you find yourself one as soon as you can. As nice as it can be working on the sofa or the kitchen table; you’ll soon be distracted by dishes that need doing or TV programmes and it is easy to fall behind on your work when you have chores to do. Having a work space that is purely for work and away from your home is important because it will put you in the right mentality from the very start of the day and this will run through until the end of the day when you switch off.
7. Have a lunch break
Working at home is much different to in an office but you should still employ the same kind of schedule. In the middle of the day take an hour lunch break and this will give you time to recharge.