Working long-hours from home? While you might not see working from home as a side effect, it can quickly turn into one if not handled properly.
Most commonly, when working from home, we tend to fall in the trap of procrastination. All in all, how do we overcome procrastination and take control of our schedule?
There are seven tips that most successful people follow to stay productive & overcome procrastination.
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1. Starting Early & Leaving those PJ
The first-hand solution to overcome procrastination triggers. Sticking to your regular daily routine is the easiest way to remember that you still have work to do, even though you are not in your usual work environment.
Don’t change your day plan. Set up your alarm at the usual time, take a shower, get ready as if you were going straight to the office, make time for breakfast, and start working hours.
Dress up for success. You don’t need to follow your office dress-code policy. Leave those pj’s out of your view and put on some comfortable clothes that make you feel confident, comfortable, and professional.
PS You still must look professional for that video call you scheduled.
2. Get that workplace fixed
Avoid getting distracted. Having an untidy and unorganized working environment proves to be the main distraction generator for remote workers.
First, if you have the possibility, choose to work in a private room (which is not continuously accessed by other flatmates/family members). Privacy is key.
Secondly, start by refreshing your room. Wide-open the windows – for as long as you need! Having a fresh “breeze” will help you wake up and feel energized.
Thirdly, declutter your desk. Establishing a routine will help you stay focused on your work instead of “home tasks” needed to be handled.
Start by putting away all the unnecessary objects, dust off the table, and place down work-related items (and why not some inspirational items).
Music for artistic minds. Statistics prove that music has a direct effect on our productivity levels. (May vary from one person to another)
Background noise (such as your favorite playlist), can serve as a constant that will balance out your mind, help stay creative, and get you more comfortable throughout the day.
NOTE: If you are a metal-rock lover, you might consider the volume – do not distract other home-working flatmates.
3. Create work Triggers
“Work” triggers are considered activities that are strictly related to your regular working environment routine. These activities usually occur before your work-related tasks and are deemed high factors to prepare for the day emotionally.
Perhaps you start your workday with a coffee, checking your emails/news, clean-up your desk, or maybe you always run before you go to work – you pick!
Sticking to habits will make you feel as you are still performing at a healthy lifestyle phase.
4. Give yourself a “Slap to reality ”
After setting yourself ready for work, it is time to make a realistic estimate of the time and responsibilities that you will have throughout the day.
Make an organized checklist to “Slap yourself back to reality” whenever you get distracted. 😊
Check your emails first. This way, you will have a clear overview of which tasks expect to be delivered as a priority and scheduled later.
Make your schedule fit you. Start by prioritizing based on demand and your productivity. For example, you might be more efficient working on heavy tasks in the morning rather than in the evening – be your boss.
Build a realistic checklist, consider if you have all the resources needed to complete the tasks. Can you fit all of them within your working hours? Don’t be afraid to move some functions on the next day to-do list.
5. Your house won’t clean itself – we know it – you know it.
Now that you have created your very own to-do list add the household related tasks at last.
It is much easier to stay organized and diminish distraction when you know that you have a set time to fix the laundry or vacuum the apartment. Use the time to maximum dedication to work and set a realistic time frame for each task – avoid overworking.
It is now possible to truly enjoy taking care of your home or spending time with your friends/family, deadline, and stress-free.
6. ”Check-in” with your team
Working from home can become monotonous and exhausting. These are the main side-effects of isolation, especially with no colleagues around to consult.
It is a fact – we are all social animals. Therefore, it is beneficial to take the time and collaborate with other employees. If you are a team leader, let them know you are still there for support and advice. As a remote employee, ask for feedback and schedule online meetings for updates, to keep on track on the progress.
Connecting with other coworkers will boost your morale, making you feel part of the still on-going working day.
7. Know when to stop – seriously
Due to the comforting home environment, time flies unnoticed, leading to a tendency to overwork.
So, here it is. The advantage of working from home is that you have the freedom and control of your own time. Follow up on your checklist and stick to it. Keep motivated and go through your list one by one.
Remember, the main goal is to learn how to work hard without going crazy.
Working from home doesn’t imply exceeding your working hours. Do you work daily from 09:00 – 17:00? Then at 17:00, it is time to wrap up the tasks.
Remember that walk you’ve been planning? 17:00 is the time 🙂
PS Let us know (below) if our checklist & tips have helped you overcome procrastination and get work done!
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| Dina Cravcenco & Karen Suárez
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