Working remotely and working from the comfort of your own home has become a very popular thing to do in recent years. Of course, with the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s a very, very, popular means of working because it’s literally the only way to do so.
After the virus has passed, and everything is back to normal, we’re going to see a rise in remote work, , because it’s very convenient in this day and age. More and more jobs are seemingly done from one’s home office or study.
If you’re used to getting up in the morning and heading to your typical workplace, then working from home might feel like a very strange activity. It might be fun at first because of the novelty, but that mood may soon change.
Many find it tough to concentrate at home as there are so many different distractions available at once. If you’re finding yourself in this particular situation and you don’t really know how to stay focused, then here are a few ideas for you to digest:
Plan Your Day Out Like Normal
Because you’re no longer in your typical work setting, it can become very easy to change things up a little to suit your new environment. You may also feel inclined to relax and kick back a little more. Your best bet is to treat your day like you would if you were still in your office/warehouse/factory/etc.
Create a daily plan to follow along with – if you have a set list of rules to follow along with, you’ll be more inclined to stick to a stricter routine.
Create A Formal Office Or Study
Don’t work on your bed or on your couch. This kind of thing should go without saying, but many people like to get their jobs done while relaxing in front of the TV. You WILL go much slowly – trust me. You’ll probably get a few things done in good time, but you’ll end up slowing down sooner or later.
If you have a spare room, then you’ve got your office space sorted for now. Remove clutter and place everything you need in there. From here on in, this will be a formal area – one where you can concentrate on what needs to be done.
Keep Your Energy Levels Up
When you’re low on energy at your typical workplace, you end up performing worse, obviously. But you have that added boost of actually being in your work environment – usually around others. When you’re at home, your zapped energy feels like an excuse to be very unproductive. So many people just sit around and do very little. Keep your energy up. Eat, drink water, buy coffee, sleep the right amount – you know the drill.
Keep Recreational Things Away From Your Desk
Whenever there’s anything that could distract you nearby, you always get distracted. Human temptation is a strange thing. You’ll give in and move away from your work, or you’ll spend a lot of time thinking about the thing you’re not supposed to be thinking of! Everything in your workplace should be exclusively about the job at hand. Remember that. Your mind will want to move onto other things – don’t let it.