Are you looking for some tips to be more productive working from home? Recently, many people have become overnight telecommuters. They’ve found themselves thrust into the situation of working from home. To make it even more challenging, the rest of their family is home too, including their spouse and all the kids. It’s a drastic shift in their work environment.
I’ve worked from home as an online entrepreneur since 2004 (that’s over 16 years). And I’ve discovered some golden tips for being productive at home. These aren’t in any particular order. Pick the ones that are easy for you to put in place. Be sure to share any others you may have in the comments below.
Here are 10 Tips to Be Productive Working From Home:
Tip #1: Create a Designated Workspace
Your workspace doesn’t have to be fancy. It can be a desk in your bedroom or a guest room. Preferably, use a room with a door you can close when needed. A designated work area will establish a visible separation between work and home life.
Tip #2: Find a Webinar Resource to Replace Face-to-face Interaction.
Face-to-face meetings aren’t happening anytime soon. Fortunately, technology makes it easy to hold virtual meetings. Read my recent blog post on 3 Simple Tools to Run Online Webinars. In addition, you can also use FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts (with the video feature) for online meetings.
Tip #3: Plan and Set Goals for Each Day
It’s even more important than ever now to plan your day. You’ve just added a hundred possible distractions to your work environment. If you’re not intentional, you’ll find yourself pulled away by family, housework, or other things. Plan your day, and stick to it.
There are lots of different tools for planning your day. I like Google Calendar because I can use it on my desktop or on my phone. It helps me stay focused on what I need to accomplish during the day. For more details on how to use Google Calendar to plan your year, check out this article.
Similarly, outline important business tasks you want to accomplish each day. Some people keep a running to-do list. Others write down their top three tasks for the day the night before. If you know what you want to get done that day, you can hit the ground running first thing in the morning.
Tip #4: Set up the Rules of Engagement in Your House
Your new work environment may be a bit noisier than the office. Set rules in your household on when other family members can talk to you while you’re working. Noise-canceling headphones are a great option if you find it noisy in your home.
My husband and I are business partners and we’re both working from home. One thing we’ve found that works well for us is that we don’t schedule lunch together. We have a planned dinner time together. But by not having lunch together it makes it easier for each of us to schedule our day and plan our day. Sometimes it works out that we eat at the same time, but it’s not set in stone. There’s no pressure to match our lunchtimes and the workday flows better for each of us.
Tip #5: Schedule Your Breaks
When you work from home, you have all this flexible time. However, I’ve found that setting a schedule gives structure to my day and makes it easy for me to be more productive. For example, I set a specific time that I’m going to eat lunch. I pick up a specific time that I’m going to take a break. Sometimes, I may set a specific time where I am going to take a break and watch my favorite TV show.
Tip #6: Get Up and Move Your Body
Research has shown that frequent breaks throughout the day help productivity. Take breaks away from your computer and try to do some kind of physical activity. Take a walk, do some stretches, do some housework, or go outside and soak up your daily dose of Vitamin D.
Tip #7: Stay Hydrated
Have you ever sat down at the computer in the morning, and the next thing you know, three hours have passed. You’re starting to feel rotten because you haven’t eaten anything or had any water to drink. Not a great start for a productive day. Keep a water bottle handy so you can stay hydrated. You’ll feel better and think clearer.
What I do is the night before, I fill four water bottles with water, and I have them at my desk. That way, I can monitor how much water I have consumed.
Tip #8: Schedule Social Time
Unless you need it for work, don’t keep Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media page open. It’s too tempting to get sucked down a rabbit hole and lose precious work time. Instead, build social time into your breaks. If you miss the personal interaction of an office, plan to call or text a friend during one of your breaks.
Tip #9: Use a Password Manager
I use LastPass.com to keep track of my passwords so I don’t have to remember them. LastPass will automatically populate my username and password on any site where I have to log in. It’s easy to use on your laptop or phone. LastPass is free to use, and you can use it for personal or business accounts. If you have a hard time remembering passwords, check out my article on LastPass and other password managers.
Tip #10: Attend my “How to Build an Online Business” Webinar
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