If you’re working from home during the lockdown but you don’t seem to be getting anything done, there will likely be a few main reasons for this that are easy to remedy. Working from home is an entirely different kettle of fish when compared to working in an office. For one thing, your mind associates home with a completely different set of tasks and different feelings – so this is why you may often find yourself procrastinating, struggling to motivate yourself, and feeling uninspired. If you need to make sure you get more done from this day forward, read on to find out where you could be going wrong and what you can do to fix it:
Not Having A Room Dedicated To Working Where You Can Be Alone
The first thing you might need to do is ensure you have a dedicated place where you can work and be alone. Ideally this would be in a home office, but not everybody has that luxury. The best place to work is a place you can close the door and avoid distractions coming from the rest of the house. If you need a place like that at home, you may need to make a makeshift place until you can get in touch with sustainable architects who can help you to build the perfect place and add it on to your existing home. Even a quiet corner may have to do when you really need to work, but you should find a way to minimize distractions. Don’t have the TV on, keep the kids in their playroom, and put some music on so you can just get on with it.
Not Setting Clear Boundaries
Setting clear boundaries with your loved ones is key when working from home – both your kids and your partner. They will love having you at home, but this can leave you at a disadvantage as you may find they are always fighting for your attention. Make sure they know exactly when you will be available, and ensure they know only to disturb you in the event of an emergency.
Not Sticking To Any Sort Of Schedule
Sticking to a schedule can be tough, but it will help you to get into the swing of things at home. Exercising in the morning and having set times for starting work/your breaks can make a big difference to both the quality of your day and the quality of your work.
Not Paying Attention To When You Feel Most Productive
People are productive at different times. Some people are most productive early in the morning, others are productive later on at night.
Not Finding Unique Things That Help You To Focus
What helps you focus? Popular options include:
- Classical music
- Chewing gum
Some even find the act of simply putting on headphones very helpful for getting focused!
Not Staying Away From Big Time Suckers
It’s too tempting to check social media and your emails when you’re supposed to be working, but staying strong is crucial. If you don’t, you can easily get sucked into a black hole and spend hours on them!