It is the dream of so many people to work from home. The only problem is that once you have started working from home you need to take all of the discipline that you used to have given to you in the office, and apply it to yourself in the home.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s not actually that hard to work from home, you just need to have a few things put into place in order to ensure that you are as productive as you possibly can be.
To help you to be more productive, we have created a short list of some things that you can do to make your home office life more productive. Weve outlined some of the key points here:
Step One: Get Organised
Keeping everything balanced is one of the hardest things that youll find that you need to do to ensure youre being productive while working from home. The problem is, is that work is always right there looking you in the face. To keep on track and to ensure youre not working too hard or not enough, organisation is going to be integral. You can get organised by making a filing system, by making to do lists, and by keeping a tight schedule.
Step Two: Plan Your Day
If you get your day all planned out before you get started, you will find that you are minimising your distractions and maximising your possible productive time. As an example some people eat a small breakfast either at the office or on their way, but when working from home you may be tempted to have a larger meal. This can slow you down for an early morning meeting so try to plan your day around when you know youre at your most productive.
Step Three: Get Yourself Computer Savvy
One youre working from home, the majority of the work will probably be done on your laptop or computer. As a result youre going to need to know how to be as computer savvy as possible because you dont have an IT guy in the office anymore! You should make sure that you know everything you need to – from how to update your software programs through to keeping your computer running smoothly. If your Internet breaks down, it means you cant get as much work done, so you will need to know how to navigate around tech issues and problems.
Step Four: Get Set For Success
When youre working at home you need to make sure that you have everything you need within arms reach. This will avoid a time wasting excursion to go and collect items that you need, either from other rooms of the house or from outside your home. If you have a printer in your home office, make sure you have a spare ink cartridges in your drawers at least one – so that if and when you run out, you can simply swap it over and keep working.
Step Five: Avoid Distractions
You may think that youve got all of the dedication in the world, but never underestimate the pull of the fridge or the comfy couch or bed! Pets, the television, and other people in your home make up just a tiny amount of the possible distractions youll encounter when you start working at home. Planning ahead is going to be key to your success. Make sure that you have snacks ready for consumption, that you have kids activities or childcare planned in advance and that youre strict with yourself. A home office is a really helpful way to stay focused in the space youre in.