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How to stay productive at the home office

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It’s no secret that working from home can have a great number of benefits. Not only does it afford you the flexibility to work pretty much whenever and however you want, but it also comes with the added bonus of getting to spend more time with your family and friends. However, if you’re anything like me, you’ve spent many a time wondering just how on earth you’re supposed to stay productive at home. After all, it isn’t like you are anyone’s boss, so how do you make sure you’re working hard enough?

Keep a to-do list

Before you know it, you’ll have finished that report you were supposed to be working on, while concurrently sending it to your accountants, emails to a client, meeting set-ups to organize, along with a ton of other random work that you will inevitably forget about. In short, you’ll end up with your hands in your pockets for most of the day. This is one of the quickest ways to guarantee you’ll lose focus.

However, there is a way to work around this. Instead of making a list at the start of the day, make one at the end of the day. That way, you can review everything that you’ve done during the day. From there, you can add new tasks or changes to existing ones. You can also remove anything that you’ve completed.

Keep distractions at bay

There’s no denying that smartphones are a huge distraction at home. I’ve even fallen victim myself and found myself sinking into a sea of distractions when I’m trying to get some work done. There’s no getting away from them, so it’s vital that you make an effort to reduce them.

You also need to keep away from devices like the TV or your personal computer that is not used for work. They can prove to be deadly when it comes to productivity. I’ve tried multiple times to work with the TV in the background. It just doesn’t make sense. Either I found myself actually watching the TV and not getting work done, or not paying any attention at all. If that’s the case, why should I have it on in the first place?

Take Breaks

Your own productivity is an incredibly important thing to consider, and having a set of time periods to work on that will allow you to relax and recharge is incredibly beneficial. For example, you might want to do more writing and therefore work for an hour and a half at a time.

If this is how you spend most of your day, it might be a great idea to take a 5-minute break every hour to write a quick email, answer a couple of questions, and recharge your batteries. If you work in marketing or sales and need to do more writing, then having short breaks throughout the day might be good to give you a little bit of time to think and relax.

Make sure your workspace is organized

Of course, before you get started, it’s worth making sure that everything is where it needs to be. Sure, you’ll be able to shuffle things around to accommodate your workstation. It’s just as well because many home workers don’t have desks.

And let’s face it, you’re more likely to work from the sofa than you are on the office floor. That’s a big change from being a stay-at-home mom. Which in my experience is a never-ending source of creativity and energy. Obviously, a home office doesn’t have to be exactly the same as a traditional office. You may not need a desk or even a chair. If you do, though, it’s worth having a separate office space. Here you can store all your files, and also where you can work on ideas without having to pay attention to distractions from your home environment.

Conclusion

How to stay productive at the home office? How do you make sure you’re working hard enough? Make a to-do list at the end of the day to review everything that you’ve done during the day. Take a 10-minute break every hour to write a quick email. Or answer a couple of questions and recharge your batteries. Have a separate office space where you can store all your files and also work on ideas without having to pay attention to distractions from your home environment. Make sure your workspace is organized before you get started, so make sure everything is where it needs to be.

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