The thought of having a home office can be both exciting and overwhelming. We all know working from home has many benefits, such as saving money on transport, not being tied to a rigid schedule, and being able to spend more time with family. On the other hand, people who are self-employed or work remotely for an employer may face distractions at home, making it difficult to get much done. Below are three techniques you can employ to help you stay productive when working from your home office.
1. Schedule Your Days #
Utilizing a scheduling tool or planner is essential for maintaining organized events and meetings despite having multiple priorities throughout the week. While using technology may not seem new, pairing planners with mobile applications can make scheduling easier than ever before — whether you’re on the go or working from home.
Create a plan for the week by listing daily goals and tasks that you need to complete. Then start scheduling events from the time you wake up in the morning until your bedtime at night.
Most people get more done when they schedule their activities in this way because planning ahead eliminates any surprises or extra stress caused by forgetting essential meetings or tasks. It helps you to avoid wasting valuable time during the day trying to figure out how you’re going to use it.
2. Embrace the Power of Positive Thinking #
When it comes down to achieving work/life balance, maintaining a positive attitude may be one of the most critical factors in staying productive and avoiding burnout. Staying positive means not basing your mood on external factors such as an annoying co-worker, and instead focusing on what you have control over.
Take time to reflect on each day. Think about why you’re working so hard, and identify the things in life that matter most to you. Set goals for yourself by writing them down in your planner. This makes them more tangible and can help keep you motivated throughout the week.
3. Take Breaks Throughout the Day #
Like many people who learn about time-management techniques, people who try to turn their home into an office are often surprised by how physically uncomfortable they become by sitting all day long at their desks.
The solution is not to sit all day (that’s bad for your health) but rather to sit part of the day, stand part of the day, or better yet, walk around. You can also do some stretching exercises at least once an hour and take deliberate breaks.
You can leave your desk every two hours for a quick break and find something that will remind you to stop working: A kitchen timer works well to remind you to change positions or take a break. For most people, taking some time away from a task allows them to come back more refreshed and productive.
The home office is a great place to work, but it can also be challenging. Some distractions and interruptions make people less productive. As a small business owner, it can be challenging to find time for everything you need to do. But by following these three tips, staying productive in your home office should become easier!