Working from the comfort of your own home provides a lot freedom, such as freedom over your time management and how you coordinate your workspace. These flexibilities are invaluable when you have many different responsibilities to attend to throughout the day, but they can also lend you to becoming more easily distracted. Read on for tips on how to maintain your focus and do your best work.
Keep your work area clean
This is a tip that is applicable both in and out of the office, but even more so when you’re at home. Naturally, you’ll feel more comfortable at home, which can cause you to be messier. Try to clean up your work area at least two to three times throughout the day, ideally once before your shift, once after, and during breaks. You’ll find yourself feeling more energized and capable of staying on task.
Opt for instrumental music
Listening to music while you work is a great way to stay motivated. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the human brain is wired to pay attention to other human voices. With this knowledge, it’s a smart choice to choose an instrumental playlist in a genre you enjoy instead of listening to your favorites on repeat (at least for the parts of the day in which you really need to focus). There are instrumental playlists for many genres, ranging as far and wide as from lo-fi hip hop to classical piano. You’re sure to find something that fits your groove!
Plan your breaks
Being able to set your own schedule can negate a lot of the structure you adapt to in a business office, making it much easier for you to lose track of time. Try to designate break times throughout your day to prevent burnout (and set alarms to remind you of them). You’ll be able to sustain your energy for longer if you allow yourself periodic opportunities to relax and reset.
Develop a routine
It’s important that you have a routine regardless of where you’re working from, but it’s especially important when you work from home. While working in an office setting, your brain designates your business’s office as your work space and your home as your place to relax. When those two spaces are combined into one, it’s easy for your brain to lose track of what it should be doing throughout the day.
Set a firm bedtime, get up at the same time every day, and as mentioned before, plan your breaks. Only do household chores outside of your working hours. If you keep your brain on track, you’ll get much more done.
It’s no secret that remote working comes with its perks. Maintaining your own sense of structure will help you make the most of your new setup!