Slacks. Khakis. Button-downs and suits. Belts. Dress shoes. All those things we throw in the floor the moment we get home from work. There is something relaxing about coming home and throwing on your most comfortable pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt.
Tips for Work-From-Home Productivity
That’s just it, though. Pajamas and sweatpants are made for sleeping and relaxing. One of the most common traps that people who work from home fall into is feeling like it is okay to wear these items to work every day.
Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your work-at-home day. Not wearing your pajamas falls into the first category.
1. Dress for Success
Although it is tempting, trade those sweatpants in for at least a nice pair of jeans. You don’t have to wear a suit and tie to sit in your home office all day, but there is something about dressing in real clothes that makes you more productive. Try it. You’ll be surprised at how different it makes you feel to be presentable even if you are the only person that will see you.
2. Turn Off Electronics
Set your phone on silent and turn off the television. Keep non-work distractions to a minimum and treat that extra-curricular technology just like you would if you were at the office. It would be frowned upon to constantly be checking social media or taking a video game break in the corporate world. It should be unacceptable during your work hours as well (which leads me to the next point).
3. Set Work Hours
Even though working from home is flexible, you still need to set aside dedicated time to work. Make a schedule that fits your lifestyle and other needs, and do your best to stick to it. It will be tempting to be lax even after you establish these office hours. Don’t let yourself. Not sticking with the time you have set aside to work will only result in overwhelm and overwork.
4. Take Breaks
Walking to the copy machine at the office more of a break than it will be at your house. So, make sure and allow yourself time to get away from your desk. Don’t burnout by working around the clock. (Pro Tip: If you don’t schedule work hours, this is what will happen.) Make sure you take time for lunch and a few stretch breaks here and there. Getting up every now and then will increase your blood and oxygen flow and leave you recharged which will result in more productive work time.
5. Have a Plan
When you are in charge of your own schedule, it is easy to waste all of your time deciding what to accomplish. At the end of every workday, take time to sit down and make a plan for what you will accomplish tomorrow. That way, you can start the day off by directly accomplishing those tasks rather than making a to-do list.
A Word of Caution
The flexibility of working from home can easily turn into a sloppy mess.
Keep yourself organized and efficient. By putting these tips into action, you can ensure that you are making the most of your workday and being as productive as possible from your home office.