by Adam Jacobs
Has your job recently moved to remote? It’s not easy to make the transition when you’re used to your regular 9 to 5. It doesn’t help that with working from home come distractions.
You need to work but the TV makes for good background noise and you do have a little laundry to do. Resist these temptations. If you don’t, you’ll never get anything done.
You don’t want to burn yourself out either. We can teach you how to be productive at home and keep yourself perfectly sane. Check out this guide to find out how to optimize your workspace and keep distractions away.
Take Regular Breaks
When working from home, it can be tempting to try and burn straight through it without taking a break. You control your schedule and the faster you get done, the faster you can do something more fun. This isn’t a good idea.
If you don’t take regular breaks you’ll burn yourself out after a day or two. Set a timer on your phone and get up every twenty minutes or so to stretch and walk around at least.
Don’t Work Where You’ll Be Distracted
You need to have a room set aside that is for working and working alone. You wouldn’t do laundry and watch Netflix at a normal job, would you?
We hope the answer is no. Once you’ve found an ideal space, shut your door and set one important ground rule for the rest of the people you live with. A shut door means do not disturb.
Avoid Working in Your Jammies
Since you’re not working in a room full of co-workers and supervisors, there’s nobody there to tell you not to wear jammies. While your favourite pair of bed shorts are comfortable to work in, wearing them will keep you in an “at home” headspace.
Get up, brush your teeth, take a shower, and eat breakfast like you would when getting ready to head to a normal 9-5. Doing so will put you in the “work” headspace and the routine will keep you on a productive schedule.
Optimize Your Work Space
Keep your space organized and tidy so you can find everything and be as productive as possible. Consider springing for a comfortable office chair that you can work in for hours in. Invest in a standing desk as well to give your back a little break throughout the day.
Put a few plants in your home office. Plants will make you feel calm, they clean the air, and being close to nature will make you happier.
How to Be Productive at Home and Avoid Getting Distracted
Making the transition to working at home can be a difficult process. If you don’t know how to be productive at home, you could end up getting distracted and not get any work done. Follow these tips and we promise that you won’t run into quite as many problems.
Adam Jacobs is the incredibly busy Managing Director of Bubblegum Casting, Hunter Talent and children’s clothing brand Byron Babies . He works with some of Australia’s biggest brands, media properties and agencies to secure talent for work in Television, Film and Modelling roles. He hopes you’ve benefited from reading this.