With a growing number of people working from home, both full and part-time, today’s workplace does not look the same as it did in the past.
There are many benefits of working from home, which is why so many people seek a position in which this is a possibility. Along the same lines, there are employer benefits as well.
Rather than discuss the benefits of working from home, this article will focus on how employees can remain productive while doing so. See: Remote vs. Inhouse Which is Best For You
The television is right behind you. Your children are in the other room. The refrigerator is only a few steps away. Let’s face it: working from home means that you will face a variety of distractions on a daily basis. How you deal with these will determine your level of productivity.
Here are several tips for remaining productive while working from home:
1. Treat it Like You are at a Traditional Office
You may be working from a home office, but don’t treat it as such. Would you take a snack break every 30 minutes at your company’s home office? Of course not. For this reason, you should not do so at home.
Think about it this way: if you wouldn’t do it in front of others you shouldn’t do it while working from home. By following this advice, your level of productivity will go through the roof.
2. Eliminate Distractions
You may not be able to eliminate every distraction, but many can be removed from your workspace.
Do you really need a television or radio in your office? How about your personal cell phone?
If you know something will distract you from doing your work, keep it out of reach while you are in your office.
3. Take Timed Breaks
You don’t want to work, work, work with no breaks in between. This can actually hold you back in terms of productivity.
But here is the problem: a short break can turn into a long one if you are working from home. You plan on taking 15 minutes for lunch, but the next thing you know you are watching a movie.
If you take timed breaks, you will always know when to return to your dedicated workspace.
What do you think about these three tips? Do you have any other advice for remaining productive while working from home?