5 Tips for Working From Home Efficiently
When I ventured into full-time entrepreneurship which can easily be compared to a kindergarten student without an instructor, going from a structured corporate schedule of a 9-5 to setting my hours and working from home was a difficult adjustment. When I first started working from home, there were more days than I'd like to admit when I just rolled out of bed and worked in an oversized Hanes tee and boxer shorts. It was SOOOO easy to get distracted, and I couldn't quite figure out the right routine. But – with a bit of discipline, a few productivity hacks, and smart use of tech tools, I've finally figured out the art and science of working from home efficiently. I'm excited to share with you my 5 best tips and tricks to help you stay productive if you're working from home.
Keep Clutter in Check
When my space is cluttered, my mind feels cluttered and confused, making it extremely hard to focus. And when I can't focus, my productivity goes down. If this is something you struggle with, try doing a 10 minute tidy-up both at night and in the morning. Tackle easy tasks like making your bed, clearing countertops, and putting away all those little things that can quickly crowd your space. This will help keep your space clean and clutter-free and give you a sense of accomplishment, which will boost your productivity.
Always Stay Connected
There's nothing worse than having a poor Wi-Fi connection to interrupt your workflow. Even though I'm in a small space, getting a strong Wi-Fi signal has been a struggle throughout my home. I blame it on being surrounded by a concrete jungle. It's a total bummer to have to wait forever to download large files or not be able to stream videos uninterrupted. My building provides free Wi-Fi to the residents; however, it tends to slow down at certain times of the day. This posed a problem whenever I attempted to send high res graphics or proposals. I finally decided to purchase access to the internet. Additionally, I decided to buy a mobile hotspot for travel. A new expandable mesh network optimized the signal throughout my space. No matter where I am in my home, I can always stay connected!
Store Everything in the Cloud
To make transporting files easier and help keep paper clutter in check, I store everything in the cloud. I use Dropbox for general file storage and Google Docs for working documents. I often get a flurry of ideas, and I have to capture them immediately before losing them. The voice memo on my iPhone comes in handy during those times. Oh, I live by my tried and true daily to-do-list! With my excellent Wi-Fi connection, my lists sync wirelessly to all of my devices so I can keep track of tasks wherever I am.
Set Hours and Stick to Them
One of the most challenging aspects of working from home is the blurred lines between working and non-working hours. It's hard to turn work off. Maintaining balance is critical to avoiding burnout, so try to set working hours and stick to them. When the workday ends, shut everything down, put your computer away, and enjoy your evening. Full disclosure (I'm still working on this one).
Get Dressed for Work Every Day
While it's easy to roll out of bed and work in your "PJ's" it isn't professional and can encourage you to get lazy, which is not what you need when you're trying to be productive. Make a habit of waking up at the same time every day, showering, and getting dressed for work even if you're not going into an office. It will keep you feeling energized and kick-start your day off on the right foot.
These are just a few of the tips that have helped me be more productive working from home. Due to current events, more and more of us will have to work-from-home for the foreseeable future. I hope you find these tips helpful! If you have any great work from home hacks you would like to share, please do so in the comment section below. I would love to share your suggestions with the OHG Lifestyle Family.
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