Working from home

Working at home is something many us wish we could do – but if you’re lucky enough to be doing it, you can fall victim to a minefield of distractions. Procrastination is the enemy of productivity, and as such, here are five ways to ensure you avoid it and have a rewarding workday.

Make a to-do list

To-do lists are great motivators! Put them above your desk or use colourful post-it notes to make sure your goals are always visible. Writing the list in the first place will push you to think of your tasks in terms of priority and timeframes, and it give that added boost to your own productivity.

Schedule breaks

It’s very tempting to use a ‘break’ as an excuse to spend a few hours away from your desk, but if you use them carefully they’re great ways to keep your mind refreshed. Make sure that you have a set time to step away from your work and clear your mind – make an effort to focus on anything other than your work.

A change of scene

Procrastination is fuelled by boredom, and staying in the same place for hours on end can have a negative effect on your efficiency. Luckily you have the luxury of working at home, so move from your workspace to a comfy couch, or make the most of a nice day by sitting outside. You’ll be surprised by the amount you get done just by changing your surroundings.

Tell someone your goals

When you’re working from home, it’s easy to fall into the trap of doing work in your own time. Making sure someone else knows what you’re striving to do makes your tasks real and also acts as a motivator.

Social media is not your friend

To put it simply: you do not need to know what your friends are up to while you’re meant to be working. You’d never take out your phone to scroll through Facebook or Twitter if you were in a meeting with your boss, and your new home office should be no exception.

Working from home can be either the most or least productive time period of your career, depending on how you manage your time. By following these simple rules and using your time wisely, you can ensure your work remains at the highest quality possible.