One of the biggest struggles for me in my business is staying productive whilst working for myself from home. I always find it so tempting to plop myself on the couch and binge watch some Netflix.
There are so many distractions while working from home and today I’m going to share some ideas that work for me.
Get out of bed and get dressed.
Yes, while sitting in your bed with your pyjamas is comfortable and we are productive while we are comfortable, they also trick you into thinking it’s rest time. Getting out of bed, having breakfast and putting your ‘uniform’ on puts you into the work mindset.
Turn off your notifications and put your phone on silent.
If you have updated your iPhone recently you will notice a new feature called Screen Time. I have had this feature for quite a while and it is amazing how many notifications I get in a day and how many times I pick up my phone. Recently, I have turned off Facebook notifications on my desktop and have started switching my phone to Do Not Disturb mode and my Screen Time has decreased by 21%.
Every time you stop to look at a message, you’re loosing time and focus.
Put on some headphones and listen to a great playlist or podcast
I find a good pair of noise cancelling headphones and a good playlist helps me focus. I use Spotify to manage my music, they have a great browse feature where you can actually find music to help you focus. Some days when I don’t feel like listening to music I will switch over to a podcast. I find listening to podcasts makes time go so much quicker too.
Take breaks away from the screen
Breaks are so important for me to stay productive. I try to step away from my screen for an hour and have lunch with a friend daily. Not only does this keep me sane, it boosts my mood and clears my mind. Even if you leave the house 1 or 2 days a week to meet a friend, for coffee or lunch, I guarantee you will see a boost in your mood and productivity.
Set yourself work hours and stick to them
I try to work from at least 9am – 4pm, Monday to Thursday every week. One of the best things about working for yourself is the ability to choose when you want to work. Now this can be very misused by working all the time or not at all. It is a good idea to set realistic working hours and stick to them so your clients/customers know when they can reach you. Having set working hours also means you won’t find yourself working late or over the weekend if you don’t have to.
Get out of the house
One of the worst things about working from home is getting lonely or bored from being at home on your own all day. Hiring a desk in a shared office space is a great solution to this and also boosts productivity. Currently I am working out of my families office, it’s nice to seperate my work and home life. If you don’t have access to a desk outside of home, you could head to your local coffee shop, the beach or a park with your laptop for a couple of hours.
Do you work from home? What is your biggest struggle?