It’s always been a dream of mine to be my own boss and/or work from home, but working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. It can be great to roll out of bed and be in your “office”, but being at home can lead to distractions that can prevent you from getting work done. Working from home can actually be more challenging because there are so many things that can prevent you from getting work done. Here are some ways that you can boost your home office productivity.
Keep it Organized
Keeping a clean, organized, and clutter free office can boost your productivity tremendously. Being surrounded by piles of paper and other clutter can make you want to be elsewhere in your home, which will kill your productivity. Instead, invest time in getting a file system so that you can have everything organized, and keep everything non-work related off your desk.
It is also essential to manage distractions whenever possible. If you work from home to watch your kids, manage your time accordingly so that you can work around naps and other activities. Also, you may want to drop them off at daycare once or twice a week just to get things done for work that you need to. Having them as a distraction can be detrimental.
However, you will need to take breaks, just like you would at the office. You should keep a timer handy so that you can time your breaks and have an alarm alert you if you’ve been gone too long. Being at home can prevent you from going back to “work”.
Utilize Time Savers
Finally, you should utilize time savers to help you be more productive. Instead of meeting a client, you could use a conference call service offered by companies like Powwownow to discuss business needs and cover necessary topics. This can make things more productive for you and for your client. Beyond the productivity, this could save a lot of money if travel or other expenses are required to make the meeting work.
Working from home can be great, but you need to focus on the challenges of productivity to make sure that you get everything you need done.
Readers: Do you currently work from home? How do you ensure maximum productivity?