Working from the comfort of your home has many benefits, like no commuting, flexible working hours and so on.
Unfortunately, it also comes with a couple of downsides, most notably concerning productivity. Many people that work from home are struggling to stay focused on the work, with so many distractions around the house.
However, tons of people are working from home and are equally as productive as those working from traditional offices.
So, what is their secret? What’s their solution to overcoming the productivity struggles?
Frankly, everybody has their own bag of tricks and hacks. There are plenty of universal solutions to boost your productivity, and here, we will talk about the four best ones. So, let’s not waste any more time and jump into it.
The first, and probably the biggest mistake people make is not getting rid of all the distractions. Your home office should be like any other traditional office. That means no TV, no smartphones or any other items that might distract you from your work.
Sure, some people have no problems resisting the urge to check out their Instagram accounts, but let’s be honest, most of us don’t. So, even if you have a sliver of doubt in yourself, it’s better to leave your phone outside your home office, and just check it out during your breaks.
You should also remove clutter and anything that reminds you of household duties that need to be done (dirty dishes, laundry, shopping lists, etc). It’s easy to put off that report when you can clearly see a sink full of dishes or a pile of laundry that needs folding.
It’s hard to stay productive if you are not comfortable. While your work desk plays a big role, getting a comfortable chair should be your priority. Fortunately, today, there are thousands of ergonomic chairs, which will do justice to your back and posture.
Not only will you have an easier time staying focused, but your back will be grateful as well. Of course, even if you have an ergonomic chair, make sure to get up and stretch occasionally. Sitting in any chair for long periods of time is bad for your health.
It’s no secret that sunlight offers a lot of benefits for the body, immune system and mental health. Even a short exposure to sunlight can increase the secretion of serotonin, the so-called happy hormone. Artificial light, on the other hand, can have negative effects, especially on your psyche.
Of course, not all of us can go outside and bathe in the sunlight during our work hours. So, the next best thing is to let the sunlight into your home office. Pull away your curtains, open your windows and reap the benefits of natural light.
However, if you want to maximize the use of natural light, you should consider installing tubular skylights. This trend is extremely popular all over Australia, as it is an affordable and effective solution to make use of natural light. By installing a skylight in your home office, you will reduce the necessity for artificial light, reap all the benefits of sunlight and even reduce your energy bill.
Finally, you should always stick to your work schedule; one of the worst “sins” of remote working is deviating from it. We understand that staying in bed for another hour or taking a random break looks tempting, but that won’t do you any good. If you have a work schedule, stick to it as much as you can. Sure, getting used to your new schedule might take some time, but once everything falls into place, you will have a much easier time staying productive.
That’s it for today. There is no doubt that these four suggestions will help you boost your productivity. However, you should also try to find your own solutions. After all, nobody knows better than you what helps you focus and concentrate on your work.
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Will Sandford is a Sydney based wood architect, blogger and contributor on interior design and ecology blogs. Besides that, he is also interested in home improvement combined with green technology. In his spare time, Will enjoys surfing and rock climbing. He is a regular contributor to SmoothDecorator website. Connect with Will on Twitter.