Working from home is something a lot of people dream of. You don’t have to fight traffic, deal with office politics and can stay in your pajamas all day long (Unless you have a video meeting, please don’t stay in your pajamas, LOL). Aside from the list of pros that comes with working from home, there is also a list of cons that you have to take into consideration. For example, taking more naps than what you’re supposed to take. Read below for tips on how to keep motivation while working from home, so you don’t take those extra naps throughout the work day.
Get a Home Office or Find a Co-Working Office In Your Area
Your couch and/or your bed should not be the place you do you work. Those are two of the easiest place to fall asleep during the work day. I remember at an old job, we had a major snow storm and my department was allowed to work from home. I fell asleep a couple of times. If you get a home office, you will fill more professional and don’t have to worry about falling asleep. There are also co-working offices where you can reserve an office and pay a monthly fee so that you can get outside of your home and go somewhere to remain productive.
Don’t Wear Your Pajama’s All Day
Although wearing your pajama’s can be comfy, wearing them all day can lead to a lower productivity rate. If you put on clothes (even if it’s just a t-shirt and jeans), at least you will recognize that it is time to work and not lounge around and do nothing.
Do Not Get On Social Media
If you are anything like me, when you get onto social media, especially Twitter, you find yourself in a black hole and somehow I’ve ended up on the original persons page, third cousin twice removed Twitter page reading up on the argument that they are having and now two or three hours have passed me by. Staying off social media can keep you on task and busy doing the work you need to be doing.
Work Only During Business Hours
Yes, working from home seems like your job is 24 hours, but learn when to leave work during business hours, whether that’s 6am – 3pm, 7am – 4pm or 8am to 5pm. When your eight hours is up, close the computer and shut off all e-mails.