Working from home can be a dream come true. You can work in your pajamas, you don’t need to commute, and you don’t have to deal with office politics. But it also comes with its own set of challenges.
For example, when you work from home you’re more likely to procrastinate. You’re also more likely to get distracted by things like social media, email notifications, and your phone ringing (if you have an office job, you know what I mean).
So how do you create a productive schedule for working from home? How can you make sure that your time is spent on the things that matter most? Here are five tips to help you stay on track with your day-to-day tasks.
1. Make sure your workspace is set up for productivity—and that means setting aside time to clean it up!
2. Don’t check your email first thing in the morning, or even at all (you can check it during lunch). Instead, set aside one hour each day to focus on work projects and don’t let yourself get distracted by emails or social media.
3. When it comes time for a break, take one! It’s easy to let yourself get distracted by other tasks if you don’t take scheduled breaks throughout the day.
4. Don’t work overtime unless absolutely necessary—it’s easy to burn out when working from home! If you do need to put in extra hours, make sure they’re productive ones and not just mindless scrolling through Facebook or watching TV shows on Netflix (those are distractions!).
5. And finally: don’t forget about yourself!
Working from home can be a great way to save money and avoid the hassles of commuting. However, without the structure and discipline that often come with working in an office, it can be hard to stay productive.