Three Ways to Increase Productivity in Your Home Office
Working from a home office definitely has advantages -- like setting your own hours, saving time on your daily commute, and saving money on overhead expenses. However, there are also disadvantages -- especially when it comes to productivity.
When you work from home, there always seem to be so many distractions preventing you from getting your office work done. Maybe the kids start fighting, the dishwasher breaks down, a neighbor drops by to chat, or your internet signal gets lost (again!), you get the idea! There's always something.
If you struggle with staying productive in your home office, here are three tips that might help.
1. Set Regular Office Hours
Even though working from home is a great option for anyone seeking a flexible schedule, I guarantee you'll get more done in less time if you set regular office hours when no one is allowed to bother you.
Obviously, this won't work perfectly every day, but it's helpful to have some sort of daily or weekly routine... because you'll accomplish more in a few focused hours than you will in several 15 or 20 minute spurts throughout the day.
Also, remember to think about WHEN you are most productive. If you're a morning person, try to schedule your "office hours" before lunch; if you're a night-owl, schedule your productive hours after dinner.
2. Organize Your Office Space
The only thing worse than an unorganized office space is when that office space is right in the middle of your living room or bedroom.
Not only will an organized office space LOOK nicer, it will also be more productive as you'll be able to find what you need when you need it without wasting valuable time searching.
I usually take 15 minutes every night before I close up shop to weed through my emails, clear off my desktop, and make my to-do list for tomorrow -- that 15 minutes saves me so much time the following day.
3. Get Up and Get Ready
It's really tempting to sleep in and lounge around in your PJ's all day long -- after all, no one's going to see you. However, I learned first-hand that I'm so much more productive if I get up on time, get dressed, get ready, eat breakfast, etc... just like I would if I were going to an outside office.
Not only will you get a jump start on your day by waking up on time, you'll probably feel more like working if you're in "normal" clothes.
By implementing these three very simple concepts, you should be able to increase your productivity while reaping the benefits of working from home.