So you’ve been working from home now for several weeks or months, and your productivity keeps dropping. Well, you’re not alone. Here are some ideas to get it back and keep it humming.
Set Up A Virtual Office
When you start your remote business, set aside a specific place in your house as an office. Don’t use the kitchen table as your workspace. It’s not professional, you won’t accomplish as much as you set out to do, and psychologically it helps to have a specific place to do your job. The room you use for working doesn’t have to be very big as long as you have enough room for your computer and whatever you need to equip your office.
Keep Specific Hours
Whether you choose to begin your job very early in the morning or later in the day, you should stick to a set schedule every day, if possible. You’ll be much more productive if you’re in your office the same hours each day. It’s more convenient for clients if they know they can reach you at specific times.
Schedule Your Job Around Your Regular Schedule
Some people are early birds and some are more productive late in the evening. Whatever works best for you is how you should schedule the time you devote to your job. It will be easier to make the transition from the workplace to a virtual office if you don’t have to make too many changes all at once.
Prepare For Your Day
Eat a breakfast that will give you enough energy to keep you going throughout the day. Take some “downtime” before you begin your daily schedule to do whatever it takes to put you in a positive frame of mind.
Keep Your Door Closed
When you start your day, close the door. It may sound like a minor issue, but this prepares you for the transition from being at home to being at your desk. If your door is closed, you’ll be less likely to quit early, and your family will know that you’re busy and shouldn’t be disturbed unless it’s an emergency.
Keep Your Workspace Neat
Keep everything you need easy access to on your desk. No one can be as productive when they’re working in clutter, and you don’t want to have to stop in the middle of a project to go hunting for supplies you need.
Invest in a Comfortable Chair
Office supply companies sell chairs that are specifically designed for office workers, and it’s in your best interest to invest in one. You’ll be able to work much more productively throughout the day if you aren’t bothered with neck or back pain.
Keep a Notepad On Your Desk
When you get ideas during the day, it’s always productive to have a notepad easily accessible. You never know where the good ideas for blog posts, articles, or other projects will come from. It’s also good to use as a reminder for people you have to contact.
Take Regular Breaks
Most people can get a lot more done if they spend an hour at their desk, then take a break for 20 or 30 minutes. If you do this for 5 hours a day, most often you’ll find that you’re more productive.
Avoid Shiny Object Syndrome
Contractor jobs should be treated as regular employment. When you’re at your desk, don’t take personal calls unless you have to. Wait until the end of the day before you check email or Social Media pages. It’s too easy to get distracted when you don’t stick to a regular routine.
Take Time For Leisure
When you start your own business, it’s important to get projects completed on time, but you should also take some time for leisure and family activities. Don’t stay at your desk for extended hours in the evening. There’s only so much you can do in one day. Once you finish for the day, leave everything until the following morning.
Working from home can be a great experience, if you are productive, or a waste if distracted. If you follow these simple guidelines you can succeed.