The internet has really revolutionized how we work. There are now more and more people going freelance and working for themselves from home. Even those who are in full-time employment are now able to work from home more often as employers are keen to offer flexi-time.
But there is just one problem with working at home. Motivation! When we are in our own house, it can be super easy to procrastinate and lose all motivation. Thankfully, you can make working from home work for you if you follow these points.
Create an Office
It is super important to have your own little workspace in your house. Obviously, the best option is to make a home office. Some people like to turn their bedroom into an office. If you don’t have any spare rooms, you can simply turn a corner of your living room into a workspace.
Make sure you have ergonomic furniture so you are comfortable while you work. Things like good quality computer desks and office chairs can really help.
It’s a good idea to remove any potential distractions from your workspace. If you have a TV nearby, you might end up wasting time watching your favorite TV show! There is one big distraction that you might not be able to get completely rid of. And that’s the Internet!
There are now many cool apps that you can download onto your computer to help you from straying onto websites you shouldn’t be on while working. You’ll find that these apps can really help to improve your focus and concentration.
Give Yourself a Break
The longer you work for, the more likely your mind is to wander, and you will end up distracted. So it’s super important to give yourself plenty of breaks when you are working from home.
Even if it is just for five minutes while you grab a drink from the kitchen. Just a few minutes away from your computer screen can help your brain to refresh. Once you return to your desk, you’ll be ready to go again! Try to give yourself at least one ten-minute break for every hour that you work.
Dress the Part
So you may be spending the day working at home. But that doesn’t mean you can slack off and stay in your pajamas all day! You will find that if you wear a suit or your usual work clothes, you will be able to get into a productive mindset much easier.
It’s super important to try and get out of the ‘home’ mindset. You’ll find that putting on your suit is the quickest way to trick your mind into thinking it’s at work!
Set a Routine
You’ll have a routine in your company’s office, so you should create a routine for yourself to stick to at home. Again, this will help you get into your ‘work’ mindset. Write up schedule and make yourself stick to it. This also makes it a lot easier to fit in all your breaks to help keep you motivated!