So, with the best of intentions and desire to make working from home as productive as possible, I did a quick Google search to find some tips for staying motivated. Here's what I found:
1. Boost productivity and focus by forcing yourself to have only ONE application open at a time on your computer when you’re working. Allow only a 10-minute window at the end of each hour to check email accounts and social media sites.
I think this tip was written just for me. I am the queen of multi-tasking. This is going to be a tough thing to kick, but I'll give it an honest go.
2. The key to staying productive is recognizing the difference between using household chores to avoid work and taking a 3-minute mental break for laundry, a quick stretch or sprint up and down the steps to get your blood moving.
I know myself well enough to know I will choose cleaning over work any day. So, this tip is an important one, and I think the way to ensure I stick to it is by cleaning up the living room every evening before bed. That will ensure I wake up to a clean workstation, giving me less excuses to clean and procrastinate.
3. Although there are a lot of great informative, interesting and educational shows on television, the workday isn’t the time to be doing all that “learning.” Instead of frittering away hours in front of the tube (or the YouTube) turn that digital distraction into a reward for a good day’s work.
I don't know that this will be a challenge. I don't have a TV in my house and I'm the WORST for keeping up to date on YouTube videos and memes.
4. Simple awareness of your workday habits, bumping up your discipline and creating balance between work and leisure are your best weapons in the fight against wasted time and negative productivity.
I really hope that I can make the best of my 9-5 hours, putting them to good use rather than wasting them away. I have the best intentions, so fingers crossed I keep it up and don't give in to the urge to stay in bed, clean the house or waste time watching and reading things that aren't relevant to my work. Wish me luck!!
Do you have any tips for staying motivated and being a productive home-worker? I'd love to hear them!
If you still have some time on your hands before you go back to doing the work that you're supposed to be doing right now, check out The Oatmeal's comics on working from home. They're hilarious!