If you have the option to work a few days at home, or most of your job is remote, it can often be hard to stay focused. At home, there are so many distractions and very little to keep you accountable. If you’re like me, the TV is often on in the background and you can get sucked in very easily. Or I start noticing what needs to be done around the house – oh, look, I have time to put the laundry away! When you’re at home, it’s hard to stay productive. SNTF has come up with a few sure-fire tips that will help keep you motivated when you’re working from home so you get your work done.
Find a quiet place to work
The most ideal working situation is to find a quiet spot in your house that can be a dedicated office space. A door that you can close, a desk where you can sit and focus, a feeling as though you’re in work, without being in work. With the current housing market, many people live in one room apartments, so a dedicated room is not always an option. Try to carve out an area in your space that is just for work. If you have somewhere to sit, that’s not your couch, you’re going to be more productive during the day.
What do you need to accomplish for the day? Make a list and set goals. You’re at home, so the day is a little more relaxed, so reward yourself if you get things done. If your goal is to finish four tasks before lunch, give yourself a little treat if you get everything done.
Push distractions away
As hard as it may be, push all the distractions away. Turn off the TV, keep your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, whatever your social platform preference may be, closed until you have a break. It is easy to focus on other things while you’re at home. The key is to train your mind to have the same productivity as you would have at work. At the end of the day, the more productive you are working at home, the easier your next day in the office will be!
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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette