AccessHomeJobs realizes that working from home is not the easiest task, especially if you are used to working in an office and making the switch to trying to be productive in your home. With that being said, there are simple things you can do to help you be more productive at home.
1. Dedicate a specific work space.
What's great about working from home is that you have the control to create the environment that you're most productive in. If that means creating an actual home office, then go ahead and do that. If it means sitting on the couch, relaxing with the TV on, then you should go ahead and do that. Remeber to keep in mind the goal is to be productive, so put yourself in an environment that allows you to concentrate.
2. Make a list of priorities each day/week.
I've found that making a priority list of the top 5-10 things I'd like to get done in the day is an extremely helpful tool. Whether it is finishing a few paid surveys, or signing up for new panels, making a list helps you stay on track. If you finish the list early, then you are done with work early. Goals help you keep on track and are important for life.
3. Stick to a schedule to avoid distractions.
It's important to remember that working from home still means you have to Work. Decide your hours and get your priority list ready, and don't focus on any home or life tasks until your work day is complete.
4. Don't forget to take a break.
You never want your body to crash from overworking, so remember to take breaks and do things unrelated to working. Your body, and mind will thank you and you will find in the end you will be more productive.
5. Avoid social media
Social media is here to stay, but there is a time and a place for it. 30 minutes spent on a social media site can seem like 5! Do yourself a favor, and when working from home, enforce a strict no-social media policy. Designate time after you have completed your work for your favorite social sites.
6. Use a 2-minute rule
Working from home has its advantages, because, well, you’re home! However, it’s important to remain focused on what you are doing. If something comes up that will take more than 2-minutes it’s better to add that task to a to-do list than to handle it right away. Longer tasks can cause you to lose focus on your initial project and cost you time when you try to restart.
By AccessHome Jobs Editing Manager