Not having to drive in the snow and cold...
Peace and quiet without office politics...
Yes, those are some of the reasons we want to work from home. But there is also a downside.
We are alone.
We are more apt to be distracted by other things
It's easy to check emails and Facebook several times an hour.
And it's easy to convince ourselves that we are "working" when we are merely "busy".
Working from home and being productive requires planning, discipline, and awareness. Here are 3 tips on what I do to increase productivity, achieve results, and feel good at the end of the day because of what I accomplished.
- Set your timer for 45 minutes and work on the most important activity first. When the timer goes off, reset and continue the momentum or set it again for 15 minutes for a "break". Change loads in laundry, check messages and return calls, check emails, etc. It's important to set the timer for a 15 minute break or you'll lose hours! When the timer goes off, get back to work.
- Make a list of activities and tasks that are essential for the day. Write down a time that each task should be completed. Some tasks are broken into smaller pieces due to their size and time commitment. That's ok. Identify the "smaller" task and write it down. Set a timer for 15 minutes and break activity into small steps in an outline form. Now you have your game plan!
- Turn off your phone. If it's on vibrate, you will still get distracted. Close out your email and social media channels. The messages will still be there later.
Working from home can be a blessing or a curse, depending on how you spend your time. You are in control. You get to choose how your day is spent. Choose wisely.