How to be more Productive Working at Home

Our time is valuable no matter what job we are performing, working at home can cause us to waste our time by getting distracted easily. I will show you how to be more productive working at home with some easy to follow tips.

 

Don’t let your dream turn into a disaster


Are you one of the millions of people who are working from home?  I just read an article that statedworking-at-pc 1 out of 5 American’s are now working from home at least one day a week and it is expected to increase by 63% in the next five years, according to a study by the Telework Research Network. Many people dream of being able to work at home and earn a full-time income.  The luxury of never having to commute to and from work and being able to work in your PJ’s paints a beautiful picture in our minds.  For those of us who are lucky enough to already be doing this, we find that it’s not always as easy as it sounds.  By being in the comfort of your own home you may tend to become distracted easily, the results will be less productivity and lost time.

Let’s start by realizing the things that can be distracting and try to minimize them. Have you ever started working on an article and got sidetracked by something then when you came back you forgot what you were going to type?  Well, this is all part of working at home, don’t let it stress you out just try to find ways to minimize the distractions. Before you go to sit at the computer put your phone in another room, give the kids something to keep them busy, feed the cat and walk the dog. Now that’s four distraction you just eliminated woohoo! Every household is different and we all have different responsibilities pertaining to running the house. Try to get most of your chores done before you sit at the computer. This will free your mind a bit and make it easier to concentrate. You don’t want to be sitting at the computer thinking about all the dishes you need to wash or all the laundry that needs to get done.

 

Make your Workplace Comfortable


workspaceDo you enjoy sitting at your computer or do you dread it? By making your workplace comfortable you will tend to want to spend more time there and be more productive. Create a workplace that fits your likes and needs. Here are a few key things that will help make you comfortable.

 

 

  • Thermal comfort
  • Lighting
  • Furnishings
  • Air quality
  • Cleanliness
  • Colors

 

Thermal Comfort

The temperature of your surroundings plays an important part of how well you will be able to concentrate if you’re too cold or too hot your mind will be concentrating on that instead. Air quality is also important not just for concentration but for your health. Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer and chronic lung diseases such as asthma.

 

 

 

 

Lighting

Did you know that poor lighting at work can lead to eyestrain, fatigue, headaches, stress, and too much light can cause headaches from glare and stress? Both can lead to making mistakes and low productivity.

 

 

 

 

Furnishings

Now I want you to take a look at what you are sitting on and ask yourself a few questions. Is this chair comfortable? Does this chair have good back support? You may not even be sitting in a chair. Many who work at home find themselves working on the couch, a bed, the floor or at the dining room table doing this will lead to back pain.  I read a report that claimed slouching and similar seated postures can cause backaches, headaches, fatigue and poor concentration. Lumbar and pelvic support are the keys to a healthy posture. It may be time to get yourself a new chair and a desk to do most of your work at. If you can’t afford a new chair you can purchase cushions designed to give you better support.

 


 

 

 

Cleanliness

Let’s keep it clean, not only is a dirty environment unhealthy it also makes it hard to concentrate. A dirty workspace affects morale and productivity. By keeping it clean you may find that you have fewer sick days.


 

Color

Color your world with the colors you love, scientific studies have shown that colors change our colorsmoods, they profoundly impact our productivity, for better and for worse. That’s why it’s best to decorate your workplace with a vibrant medley of stimulating colors that increase your creativity.

 

 

 

I hope you found this information to be helpful if you have any question or would like to add any information pertaining to this topic please leave a comment.

To your success,

Cathy

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7 comments

  1. Irene Anum Reply

    Hi Cathy, enjoyed your post. It is really necessary for us to make our work place or ‘office’ at home comfortable and free from distractions.

    • Cathy Post authorReply

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading this post and yes it is important if we want to stay productive.

  2. Jude Banks Reply

    Hello Cathy, thanks for the useful tips on how to become more productive working from home.

    I can relate to your advice about getting the chores and distractions out of the way. When I first started working from home, I was shocked by how quickly the day passed by and how little I actually accomplished .

    And it didn’t help my waistline that the refrigerator was only a few seconds away…lol

    Thankfully, these days I have a schedule, a routine, and a comfortable home office with a ‘do not disturb’ sign that comes in handy at times. ~Jude

    • Cathy Post authorReply

      Hi Jude, I’m glad you enjoyed this article and found it to be helpful. Making a good daily routine is definitely a good way to get more done. I can relate to the problem of snacking too often lol, self-control isn’t always easy.

  3. Wayne (gardenguy) Reply

    Hi Cathy~
    Really did enjoy your article. I am always in need of ideas and help in becoming more productive. Seems there’s so many distractions for me, working from home now…..I have to forcibly make myself finish tasks before allowing a break. A clean and organized environment, as you point out, is an absolute. Good post on your part.
    ~Wayne

    • Cathy Post authorReply

      Hi Wayne,
      I am glad you enjoyed this post. I am always trying new ways to be more productive and have found the things I mentioned in this post have helped a lot. Especially making my chair more comfortable with the support cushions and the right lighting, my eyes don’t seem to get tires as easily anymore. Thanks for stopping by!

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