Do you work from home?
Most people think that working from home is easy peasy and that those of us that do it are on top of our games all of the time. But as much as working from home and owning my own business is a blessing, it can be hard! And that is a lesson I’ve had to learn over and over.
One of the things I’ve had to learn and one of the things I’ve seen other entrepreneurs and work from home peeps struggle with is how to stay productive and focused on work/business.
We all get distracted from time to time and when your work place is also your living room, moving past the need to give the dogs a bath or mop the floors can be the biggest hurdle.
So here are a couple of my work from home productivity tips…
Have a dedicated work space.
Having a spot where you go to focus on work is important. I’m not saying you can’t work from bed or the couch occasionally, but I bet you will be more productive when you have a space carved out for focused work.
I used to have a desk in my bedroom to work at, but what I quickly discovered was that this space was not productive for me. I would feel my bed calling me to take a nap or see one of the chores that needed to be done and decide it had to happen right then, instead of working on my business. So now, my desk is downstairs, in my living room. It is brighter and it’s not as easy for me to give in to the naps my bed is calling me to.
Change your scenery.
Some days, even though I have a dedicated workspace, I struggle to stay focused and productive. Those are the days that I pack up my laptop and planner to head to a coffee shop or other WiFi enabled locations.
Honestly, this is why coffee shops and cafes were created. They are places to head to when you need a change of scenery and a great cup of coffee.
I love finding new coffee shops to hang out in.
My current favorite places to head when I need a change of scenery are:
And when I just need a quick pick me up, I’m often found at Starbucks.
Learn to unplug.
One of the hardest things about working from home is you never truly leave your office or work. You don’t have a moment where you “go home” from the office, which can make it hard to know when to turn things off.
I’d encourage y’all to make a schedule where you turn off the computer, stop checking emails, and find time to unplug from your business.
Of all the things, this might be the hardest for me. I’m often found sitting at my laptop late in the evenings working on things for my business, which is okay sometime, but no ones life need to be work 24/7.
One of the ways I do this is by time blocking my day. Setting times to wake up, time to workout, time to work, time to be with friends, time to hang out with my fur babies, etc.