Self-management tips when working home
I believe that one of the hardest things to do is manage your time when working home. Between chores, meals, naps and other distractions, it sometimes seems impossible to finish the work you need to do. However, all it really takes is some self management and you can achieve so much more than you thought you could.
Today, we will be sharing with you some tips to help you stay focused on your work when you’re doing it from home. So turn off that vacuum cleaner and listen up. You will really enjoy and benefit from what we will share in this post.
Tips for working home:
Working from home causes a lot of distractions. These distractions include:
- Family and children asking for attention.
- Inability to access necessary office equipment (such as a printer & a scanner).
- The nagging desire to finish pending household chores.
- The temptation to watch series or listen to music.
- Lack of appropriate workspace.
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So, how can you get over these distractions and complete the work you have? These tips will help you sort things out:
Create your own workspace
It might be very tempting to work all day from your bed. However, working from your bed will not lead to any productive behaviors. Instead, grab a chair and a desk in an area you find cozy and comfortable and make it your own workspace.
Have you ever heard of enclothed cognition? Well, simply put, it is a term that describes how people are more likely to work when they are dressed for work. With that said, before you sit on your chair and start working, get dressed as if you are going to the office. This will help make you more motivated about finishing the work at hand.
Even when you’re working home, you need to let your family know that your work time should not be disturbed. Make sure your spouse and kids know that you’re off limits as long as you are working and set your working hours in advance.
Find a work-life balance
When you are working at an office, you will leave at the end of the day. However, working from home means you are there most of the time. This is why it is important that you find a way to separate your work life from your home life. Finding a co-working space might be a good option.
Make time to attend events
Working alone can get a bit lonely. Make sure you schedule some networking events every once in a while so you can get the chance to meet other people in your industry and enjoy some social interaction.
Schedule some breaks
Even when you are working from home, it is always a good idea to take some breaks throughout the day. Going for a 10 minute walk can really help reduce stress and make you more productive when you get back to your desk.
Opt for 50 minutes focus rounds
When you have a deadline for a project, try to go for 50 minutes focus rounds. To do this, set the timer for 50 minutes and then start working. During these 50 minutes, do not check your email, your phone or your social media accounts. When the time is up, take a ten minute break and start over again.
Do you work from home? What tips and tricks can you share with our readers about effective time and self management? We look forward to your valuable insights and feedback in the comment section below.