We all know the benefits of working at home: No commute. No drive-by meetings. No dress code.
Working from home can seem like a dream.
But what about the drawback?
And then there are other interruptions: Like taking a call from a friend when you know you need to finish your work, but you feel it would be rude if you don't take the call because technically you could.
So what can you do to minimize distractions?
Well, one thing you can do is when you’re planning your daily to-do list decide when you’ll squeeze in your personal commitments.
Scheduling chores and errands during lunch and after your work hours can keep you focused on completing your daily to-do list. Taking the time to put a few loads of laundry in the washer can seem like a quick task until you find yourself making up that work time late at night.
And if you're constantly interrupting your work hours and having to make up the time later at night, it's unclear when you’re really “on” or “off.” It's like you're working all the time, and that makes it harder to take a break or have family time.
Three Tips On How To Make Working From Home More Productive And Satisfying
Obviously, there will be the occasional call from a friend you might take during lunch break, and sometimes you may have an urgent task like an emergency car repair. You can make it happen during your workday, but these should be exceptions and not the rule.
By setting boundaries, you will create dedicated work time, and then you can focus on personal items guilt-free “after hours.”
( 2) Structure your day for success.
(3) Set boundaries with others.
When you set expectations and stick to them (i.e., saying your hours are from 8 am – 5 pm, and really stopping at 5 PM,) people understand your limits instead of assuming you're always available.
When you explain your limits, you don’t need to do so apologetically. Lay them out factually, having the same respect for your time working from home that you would have if you were at a workplace.
Consistently communicate and live by these expectations so other people will begin to expect them too.
Following these guidelines will make you more productive by giving you more time for focused work.
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