Working home definitely has its pros and cons. It takes a lot of discipline to be able to work from home. With constant distractions, chores, and simply getting caught up in daily requirements, it can be hard to stay focused and productive. When working from home it is important to take advantage of your time and put practices into place to increase productivity, here are a few tips to help you stay focused and productive the next time you are working from home.
For some, working in a busy room with lots of distractions is inspiring. Some people work better with a messy desk and are inspired by clutter that surrounds them. On the contrary, others adopt the ‘clear space, clear mind attitude’ and work better with a clear desk and neatly organized space around them. In order to increase your productivity find out which type of environment works better for you and adapt that to your workspace at home. It is also crucial to separate your workspace from your personal space. Having a defined and separated workspace will not only increase productivity by eliminating distractions, but it will help you unplug and disconnect from your work after hours and on the weekends.
It is also important to get up in the morning and actually get ready. Yes, staying in your pj’s all day is tempting, but it is known to decrease productivity. Getting dressed as if you were going to the office or to a meeting will help you feel like you are ready to conquer the day ahead. According to Researchers Joy V. Peluchette and Katherine Karl dressing in business attire while working from home can make you feel more authoritative, trustworthy, competent, and productive. Another perk of putting on business attire while working from home is that it’s another way to distinguish and compartmentalize work time from personal time.
We hope these tips will make your working from home days more enjoyable and more productive. For days when working from home just isn’t working and you need to get out of the house head over to Cornerstone! We’ll have all the snacks you could ever need and a fresh cup of coffee waiting for you!