Plenty of people who have had their share of stress at the office dream about working from home. While remote work removes some of the hurdles typical for a workplace, it comes with a different set of challenges that you have to deal with. One of the most common ones is developing self-discipline so that you can remain focused throughout your workday.
Here are a couple of tips that can make working from home easier.
Create a Dedicated Space
When working from home, it’s usually difficult to separate work from life, which can hinder your productivity. When you create a dedicated space that you’ll only use for doing your job, it’ll be easier to detach from your everyday activities. If you can, you should turn a room into an office space and make your daily transition between life and work complete.
Determine Your Work Hours
Every person is most productive during a different time of day. You need to determine the time when you perform the best and establish your work hours around it. You should schedule your most demanding tasks for when you feel like you’re at your best and leave the simpler ones for when you’re “closer to getting off work”.
When you’re working, you should remove or restrict any distractions that may tempt you to procrastinate. The most common culprits are social media channels and other websites that you frequent. For most people, it’s enough to check out a post or notification to disrupt their workflow and drive them to keep scrolling and reading more. If you can’t make yourself stay away, there are plenty of apps and add-ons that can restrict access to these time-consuming temptations for you.
When you establish your work hours, you also need to let your friends and family know when you’re available. If you don’t do that, people will often call you when you’re working and break your concentration. If you show them that you take your work hours seriously, they will start to see it that way too.
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