Powerful Advice to Boost Productivity While Working From Home (in 2018)
The world is changing rapidly with technology- and so are our workplaces. Last year, a survey showed that 43% of American workers are spending time working remote from home.
In a report Gallup wrote that talks about remote working and a few other work-related topics it states:
“Gallup consistently has found that flexible scheduling and work-from-home opportunities play a major role in an employee’s decision to take or leave a job.”
With the trend for remote working growing, I wanted to offer some advice on becoming laser-focused and increasing productivity while working from home.
Find what distracts you and eliminate it. Working from home can mean having a ton of different distractions. When I have been working on the same project for too long, my brain starts thinking of a hundred useless things to do. I am thirsty so I go get water, I am hungry so I grab some snack, the clock is ticking weird, so I try to fix it… The list goes on. If I let it, my 5 hours of work could quickly turn into 9.
To solve this, I have begun removing all unnecessary items from my workplace. I try to stick to a minimalist mentality when it comes to clutter on and around my desk. I have gotten rid of a lot of decorations and the annoying, ticking clock altogether.
Distracting items can be different for everyone. Focus on recognizing when you get distracted most and eliminate the things that trigger your distraction.
Find a Comfortable Chair
Nothing is more irritating or distracting than an uncomfortable chair. You squirm and adjust trying to sit in the perfect position only to find it is impossible. So, although it may seem insignificant, there are plenty of obvious benefits from having a quiet, reliable chair.
Oftentimes a good office chair can be pricey, but I have chosen to look at it as a serious investment in my personal productivity (and an investment to lower my chiropractic bill).
Pro Tip: When chair shopping, favor chairs that force you to sit up straight over chairs that are “comfy” and have a lot of padding but don’t keep you in good posture. The comfy factor will wear off after a few minutes and will turn into serious back pain in a few hours if your posture isn’t good.
Shut Down Social Media
Social media is as powerful as it is distracting. I know when it's time for me to focus and get something down social media is the last thing I need. Getting away from social media while working from home can be different for everyone.
Alec Biedrzycki a platform marketer with HubSpot recently offered the advice of:
“I remove all social networks from my toolbar bookmarks. Even if I don’t mean to browse them, some uncontrollable impulse subconsciously clicks on them when I experience downtime. You can get sucked in without knowing it (or even intending to), so eliminating the gateway to those networks keeps me on track.”
Personally I use Facebook quite frequently while at work for interacting with niche groups and messaging customers. To avoid distraction I make sure to immediately exit Facebook after I have completed my task. If I leave it running in a tab I tend to get distracted when notifications pop up.
These are a few of the things that are helping me boost my creativity while working from home. If you have any comments or suggestions let me know.
Use a Checklist
I’ve created a checklist for putting yourself into peak productivity & creativity so you can effectively work from home. If you follow this daily, you’ll be able to proactively create the business and life you want.