Working from home is not as hard as many think, rather it’s a big opportunity that allows for flexibility and ease because you get to define your workspace yourself. Paul Tassi, a freelance journalist, has often been asked this question. Also, when he tells people that he works from home (for over ten years), they scream: “I can never do that.” The peculiarity of this time has changed the response from “I can never do it” to “It’s hard to do.”
A very high percentage of people have been forced to work from home, the same number of hours and must generate the same results. The reason why people find working from quite tedious is not far fetched. Many face the challenge of staying disciplined and motivated to get things done. The office setting helps for productivity: regimented schedule, social interaction with fellow workers, and also, the presence of your boss gives you a sense of accountability.
The good news is, you can have the same productivity and more working from home. Here are some tips that will help you to achieve this. Using all of these or some will do a long way:
Have A Workspace
Having a workspace influences how you approach the work for the day. Working from a space dedicated to work is a clue that programs your mind to be ready to work. This compared to working from your room, or just any place can render you less productive. Staying disciplined working from home is not as hard as it seems. For example, many students have a reading space in their rooms. This means many don’t subscribe to reading on their bed because they might sleep off. Same with working from home. Dedicate a table and a chair in a corner of your house where you can comfortably work and get things done.
Have A Daily Schedule
People often get confused about what to do when working. This happens whether you’re working from home or in your company but it gets worse when you’re working from home because you can just go to sleep when you don’t know what next to do. This can be conquered easily by having a to-do list where you list out everything you have to do. The list should contain tasks to accomplish and time.
Wake Up Early
Let’s say you wake up at 7 am every day to go to your place of work. Probably, you’ve calculated for the time it would take for you to get to work and all. Therefore, you tend to keep the 7 am rituals. Here comes the second “you,” knowing that working from home gives you the flexibility to start anytime and that it also affords you extra time to romance your bed since the transport time is no longer there. This is a trap to steal your productivity. It’s better to assume you’re working in your office. Have a set time to wake up and stick to it. Make your bed, do the necessary things, and start work.
Wear Actual Clothes: It Keeps Your Mind Off The Feeling That You’re In Your House
Many people’s first reaction to this would be — What is the point of working from home if I have to wear that same stressful tie? Different strategies work for different people but really, wearing actual work clothes apart from your house wears keep your mind on work. The difference is clear, when you’re well dressed, going back to bed won’t be an option. This tip can go a long way in keeping you disciplined. A popular freelance programmer once said in a tweet “I work almost 9 hours every day basically because I dress in my work cloth.” Trying this technique might just be the answer to your prayers.
We all crave productivity in our daily works but unfortunately, most of us tend to be on the other side of the equation. The four tips shared have proven to be very effective. Applying one, some, or all of these will bring a great turn around to your homework life.