How to be productive from home (work from home option)

 

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Working from home can offer you independence, flexibility and quality of life because you can control your day-to-day activities and be your own boss. Especially, in the demanding field of finance that requires a lot of attention and focus on the job at hand, working from home can offer you the privacy to carry on your daily tasks without unnecessary interruptions. On the other hand, as there is no change of scenery, working from home can be really boring and unproductive.

These are simple tips on how to be productive from home and be able to control the destructive emotions of frustration and loneliness.

  1. Get up early

Working from home doesn’t mean waking up at 11 and start working at noon. It means getting up early like you would do if you had to go to the office, get a cup of coffee and start working. People are more productive early in the morning and can take better control of things than the night owls. Getting up early allows you to have a good idea of what you want to accomplish during the day and how you can do this.

  1. Follow a schedule

If you were employed in a company, you would follow a particular work schedule in order to cope with your daily activities. Do the same while working from home. Find which hours work best for you so that you best cope with your professional responsibilities. If you have kids and family, perhaps you should go with a program that gives you the flexibility to work during odd hours – when kids are sleeping for example.

  1. Keep up with the news

Staying connected to the world from your home office is a necessity. You cannot leave in seclusion.  Turn on the radio or the TV and follow the news while working. Even in finance-related businesses TV screens are on so that people can keep up with the latest news. Just make sure not to be distracted and that you stay focused on your work.

  1. Refrain from social media

As you would do in a corporate environment where Facebook and related social media are not allowed, remove all social networks from your bookmarks. Facebook can be a huge waste of time, especially when working from home when there is no interaction with coworkers and managers. So, avoid social networks during work schedule or you may find yourself absorbed in the abyss of social networks.

  1. Change your surroundings

One of the major reasons people get unproductive when working from home is the lack of change of scenery. Having the same view, seeing the same things, every day can be extremely boring and fruitless. Rearrange your furniture or set up your home office in a different room twice a year. In doing so, you can get a feeling of change and innovation without actually changing your workplace.

  1. Pet your dog

If you reach a point that you feel stressed out from your daily duties and your motivation is declining, pet your dog. Pets have all sorts of positive effects on humans, but mostly they offer psychological and physical comfort. Therapists say that playing with your dog and feeling its warmth and attention can act as the best anti-stress medicine. Your mood improves and you regain the motivation to keep on moving with your work.  In fact, being distracted with your pet can actually help you get yourself together and avoid being unproductive.

  1. Give yourself a break

If you were working in a corporate environment you would have a lunch break. This means meeting with your co-workers and going out to have a bite. You can do the same while working from home. Call your neighbor or your best friend and have a lunch break with them for an hour. This will help you refresh your brain and relax for a while. Just make sure to stick to your schedule so that the lunch break doesn’t last all day at the expense of your work.

  1. Get some human interaction

In order to maintain your mental well-being, you need to interact with people and have real conversations, even if it’s just over the phone. Interacting with your business connections only through online communication may not be enough for your career. Get out, meet with another telecommuter, head to the library, have people around to help yourself do more at home.

Overall, working from home requires balancing your personal and professional life. Although it can be a wonderful experience to be independent and maintain your own work schedule, often working from home comes with boredom and lack of productivity. Before taking this decision, assess all the pros and cons to make sure this is what you want to do in your life.

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