4 Ways to Maximize Working from Home

4 Ways to Maximize Working from Home
Working from home offers an unparalleled amount of freedom, but it’s not without its restrictions. While you may not have a boss breathing down your neck, you do have to actively manage your time and work activities to make sure you’re as productive as possible. Use these tips to create a home office that’s as efficient as any high-rise and well-equipped to foster optimum productivity.

Ditch the Distractions

Your home environment is designed for far more than just work, so it’s only natural that you’ll find the space ripe with enticing distractions. From the television to the breakfast dishes, there’s always something else that you could be doing when you’re supposed to be at work. It’s important to create a workspace where your distractions are minimized. When possible, choose a room with a door so you can shut out the outside world. Keep your workspace free of television, tablets, gaming systems, and other entertainment devices. Treat your home office like a real one, and commit to staying in your work area until designated break times so that you’ll stay on task.

Create a Comfortable Space

Working from home gives you the opportunity to work just about anywhere, from your plush bed to the cozy couch. However, you’ll approach your day with a more professional air when you work in a professional space. Make the effort to create a comfortable office area so you’re more inclined to use it. Invest in a quality desk chair with good lumbar support. Include well-placed task lighting. Decorate with simple but inspiring pieces like potted plants or beautiful artwork. Change your air filters regularly, and invest in regular HVAC maintenance so that even the unseen elements like air quality are well managed to promote productivity.

Define Your To-Dos

Being your own boss is empowering, but it can also be overwhelming. Handle your to-do list carefully so that you have a manageable number of objectives to hit each day. Resist the urge to procrastinate and take extra days off when your deadlines aren’t looming. Portion out your projects in workable chunks so that you’re making steady progress throughout the week rather than rushing to finish things at the last minute. Forbes suggests keeping your to-do list to three daily items so you don’t get overwhelmed. If this seems impossible, do a “mind dump,” and jot down everything that’s weighing on you, both professionally and personally. Take this, and highlight the top three items so you can begin working from there.

Put Family in Its Place

If your family is home with you during your work day, set clear limits on communications. Your productivity will take a serious hit if children are allowed to run rampant in your work area. Even a well-meaning spouse can be problematic if they create too many disruptions by asking questions or coming in and out of the room. Set rules for family members so that they know when they can and can’t disturb you, and how they can help, rather than hinder, your work efforts. Make the most of your time working from home. Stay focused and on-task to maximize your free time when your to-do’s are done.