When I tell people that I work from home, their first comment is to ask how do I get anything done? Here are 8 productivity tips to keep you motivated and productive if you are working from home.
Turn the TV off. As nice as it is to catch up on the daily news, having the TV on in the background creates unnecessary noise, and is a constant distraction. There is nothing on from nine to five worth watching anyway.
Give yourself a lunch break. Do what you would normally do if you were having a lunch break at the office, rather than sitting at your desk eating lunch in front of your computer.. Giving yourself a scheduled lunch break with a bit of leisure time will recharge you and prepare you for getting back to work.
Put the music on. I’ve found that Chill Out music really helps to keep me focused and helps me to work faster. Use Pandora or Google Radio and turn on a nice, soothing station that gets you in the productive frame of mind.
Do some Yoga. Take 30 minutes out of your day to get up and stretch out. You can go on Youtube and find hundreds of 30 minute yoga classes for beginners. All you would need is some comfortable clothes and a yoga matt.
Set up a start and stop time. It’s so easy to get distracted and avoid work when you are your own boss. However, this usually breaks your momentum for work time. Setting an alarm to wake up and get to work will help you keep to your schedule. Same goes for your end time so set up a stop time as well.
Take micro breaks throughout the day. Set your computer to remind you to take a 10 minute break every hour. We are not designed to sit in one place for hours, gripping on to a mouse and typing on a keyboard. If you have a Mac, try Time Out for Mac (www.defal.com/timeout).
Remove social media alerts from your computer. It’s easy to avoid social media when it’s not constantly flashing up on your screen, which is just a distraction. Download Self Control (www.selfvault.com), which will block out your email, Facebook or Twitter for an allotted amount of time.
Get a Veridesk Stand Up Desk. The Veridesk’s height-adjustable standing desks feature a two-tiered design with an upper display surface and lower keyboard/mouse deck. The keyboard deck is fixed, and raises and lowers along with the display surface for maximum convenience and ergonomic comfort. The upper display surface gives you enough room for your monitors and additional accessories like speakers or headphones, and the lower keyboard/mouse deck is spacious enough for a full-sized keyboard, mouse pad and mouse, or even a graphics tablet. (www.veridesk.com)