How to Increase and Sustain Productivity When Working at Home
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Julie_Burns,_M._Ed.]Julie Burns, M. Ed.
“I get to work in my pajamas.” How often have we heard that phrase as an advertisement for the benefits of being self-employed and working from home? It’s a great statement, implying having your own schedule, only having to commute as far as your home office from your bedroom, not having to worry about what you look like.
The down side of working in your pajamas
As someone who works at home though, I can tell you that the down side of “working in your pajamas” is that it makes you feel, well, like lounging on the couch with that second cup of tea while catching up on the day’s news. And then maybe, the bed looks really inviting and you think, well… I’ll just take a little nap. Before you know it, the day is half over and your productivity is shot.
Put on your running shoes
So, my best advice for being more productive when working from home? Get dressed as if you’re going out to work. No, that doesn’t mean you have to don a suit and tie or panty hose, but it does mean being showered, hair combed, dressed, and – I don’t know why this is so important – but wearing sneakers, as opposed to flip flops or slippers, just makes me feel energetic. Don’t believe me? Try it!
Four tips for making the most out of your workday at home
A few other tips that I find useful to maintain and sustain my productivity when working at home:
1. Focus on income producing activities first. Leave those “busy” tasks (like cleaning out your inbox) to later in the day.
2. Turn off Facebook and email notifications while focusing on a task. It’s even more tempting to take frequent social media breaks, which can easily lead down the path of hours wasted, when there is no boss looking over your shoulder.
3. Unless you are expecting an important business call, turn off your cell phone ringer, or better yet, leave your phone in another room. Does the very idea make you break out in a cold sweat? Just try it for small increments, say a half hour and gradually build up. Like detoxing in reverse.
4. Use a timer for daunting tasks. You can do anything for 15 minutes. This is especially good for those frequent de-cluttering sessions most of us need to stay organized.
Get ready, get set, go
In summary: get dressed, put on your running shoes, turn off distractions, pace yourself and have fun being productive and basking in the glow of one more important income producing activity you can check off your to do list.
An apprenticeship to a medical anthropologist/pediatrician in Guatemala sparked my lifelong interest in health education and the fascinating interconnection between language, culture, and health. Today, I provide Spanish Translation and Interpretation services and Medical Interpreter training through The Communication Bridge. http://tinyurl.com/thecommunicationbridge
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