Renovate Your Workspace Environment
Just like in a regular office, you need to create a workspace that will contribute to an efficient working environment. Fortunately, you will be able to have significantly more options on deciding how you want to set your office up.
It’s not ideal to set-up your home office in your bedroom or other common living space. Psychologically your bedroom is for rest and relaxation. As you get more fatigued during your work day that bed will call for you more and more. Conversely, as you try to wind down, your work desk will be calling your name and you won’t be able to get a good rest.
You’re saving an exceptional amount of time and money by having a home office. Think of all the commuting costs you will be saving by not having to drive an hour to and from work. Not to mention a reduction in car maintenance and gas costs. Investing in an appropriate workspace will definitely be worth it.
You don’t need to break the bank, but you can have a contractor create a small office space for you in any extra space you have in your house (Tip: Purchase the materials yourself from somewhere like Home Depot. However, some home offices are extravagant. Complete with a full sized meeting table and bathroom renovation to match.
The tools you use for work are also vital to help you stay productive and efficient. Invest in a quality computer to get your tasks done without technical issues. You don’t need to buy an expensive desktop or laptop.
There are plenty of high-quality refurbished desktop computers and laptops available online that are affordable and in perfect condition. To avoid getting scammed, make sure that you buy from a reliable supplier that offers warranty service and has the necessary business permits and certifications.
Lastly, don’t forget to use appropriate furniture. You’ll be sitting at your workplace for the majority of the day. So organizing your chair, desk and lighting set-up will be essential for your productivity.
Set Official Work Hours
This can’t be stated enough, do not participate in “personal” tasks when you’re supposed to be working. Block out dedicated work hours just like if you’re working at an office. Sure, the temptation of doing your laundry, cooking dinner or grabbing groceries may be enticing. But having this many interruptions throughout the day will dramatically reduce your productivity.
If anything, you should group your work hours and personal tasks together. So, instead of alternating between work and personal hours. Figure out how much time you need to work per day to achieve your goals and stick to that plan.
You can segment your work and personal hours based on your productivity levels. For example, your morning can be used for personal tasks such as taking the children to school, doing chores & going to the gym. While your mid-day & afternoon tasks can be used for work.
We detailed Steve Jobs exact morning routine. While his style may not work exactly for you. Walking in the steps of Steve Jobs definitely can’t hurt.
Get Out of The House
Cabin fever is a real thing! Before working from home you already spent the majority of your “free” time at home. Now, you’ll be spending 8-10 hours more at home working. Although we are creatures of habit, we psychologically also like to be stimulated in various ways.
Time spent outside of the house can be done in various ways. Typically you can use one of your days all for client meetings and visits. Instead of breaking up your standard routine with a bunch of meetings, group them all into one day. This will not only help you change your environment, but is an effective way to bundle similar activities.
With all this being said, there are tons of ways to be more productive. I highly recommend you check out this article we did with Tiffany Lam on productivity.