Working from home is one of my favorite things in the world. Although I work in an awesome office at my full-time job, the minute I get home I settle into my home office to wrap up any outstanding blog and freelance work.
After intermittently working from home over the last few years, I’ve learned a thing or two about what it takes to be productive and stay on task while working remotely. I’ll be honest – home presents a ton of distractions in the form of a lovable dog, a TV that’s all-too-tempting and the lack of supervision. However, with a little practice, it’s possible to work from home like a boss!
Here are a few easy-to-implement ways to optimize your working hours while in the comfort of your own home:Have your to-do list handy and stick to it.
Whether you’re working in an office or at home, starting the day prepared is key. When I’m working from home I have my daily to-do list printed out and waiting for me, so there are no questions as to what I’m working on that day. For me, these to-do lists look like a lot of blog writing and formatting, shooting any photography needs and catching up on emails with brands. Of course, I print off several to-do list templates on Boise POLARIS® Premium paper for the best quality, and I fill them out daily! There’s no greater feeling than checking off a box on my to-do list and moving on to the next exciting task at hand.Work as far away from your TV and kitchen as you can.
don’t know about you, but just having a TV near me is a temptation. It’s far too easy to say, “Okay, I’ll just watch one show during my 30-minute lunch,” but 30 minutes can quickly turn into an hour, and an hour can turn into the rest of your afternoon. As for the kitchen? I’m a total snacker. I don’t want to grab unhealthy snacks and ruin my eating plan, so I choose to work away from the kitchen. My home office is currently located on the second floor of my home – intentionally away from these distractions – for a reason. Assess what your biggest distractions are and resolve to ditch them during your work-from-home hours – this may be your phone, your magazines or even a pet!I Log your hours and guard your time.
One thing that surprises me about working from home is the fact that I find myself working longer hours at home rather than in the office. Since I’m already at home, I’ve found myself justifying, “Just answering one more email…” which turns into a lengthy and time-intensive request soon after. Use a time-tracking tool like Toggl or My Hours to keep track of how many hours you’re working while at home, and you may be surprised to see what you find. Set office hours that you’ll adhere to while working from home – your free time will thank you later.About Lindsay Scholz
Lindsay currently lives in St. Louis, by way of Denver and Atlanta. She’s a digital dabbler and designer and works full-time in social media for a national retail brand. When she’s not working, you can find Lindsay blogging at That Working Girl, a lifestyle resource that empowers women toward fulfilling, creative careers. She has a passion for connecting creatives, championing small businesses and building brands. Catch Lindsay on Instagram at @thatworkinggirl and on Twitter at @heyworkinggirl.