No one could see this coming.
You may be one of the millions of people being ordered by their employers and governments to stay home and work from there if possible.
For many of us, working from home feels like a massive shift. Your home is a place to relax, and you need to find out how to get work done.
However, working from home can be highly productive if you know what steps to take.
Follow these simple yet powerful steps to become a production powerhouse in the comfort of your castle.
Set a Consistent Work Schedule
The best action you can take now is to set a strict working schedule for yourself. You need to go ahead and get ready for working as if you were going to the office like a few months ago.
Yes, that includes wearing pants.
Following a physical work routine will help your mind push through that invisible wall of lethargy. You’ll be more productive and treat your work time like actual work time as if you are at the office.
Take Command of Your Work Environment (as much as possible)
Announce that you are working between at a set time and not disturb you. Post a sign that says something along the lines of “Work hours are between 9 am and 5 pm. Don’t disturb me unless someone is bleeding, and I need to take someone to the hospital.”
Yes, you will need to be that hardcore. You need to be able to do the work that keeps the lights on. Guard that time with your life.
Make Yourself Comfortable
Getting into work mode is much easier when you have the right tools at your disposal. If these tools are within your budget, you may want to get the following:
- A faster computer
- A larger monitor
- A phone headset
- A comfortable chair
Having the right tools will reduce your stress and fatigue. If you’re going to be at work for at least half of your waking hours, make your productive hours as comfortable as possible.
Arm Yourself with the Right Tools
Don’t force yourself to go through endless workarounds to accomplish the necessary tasks. You may use the software at the office that you can’t install on your home computer for some reason. In this case, see if you can install virtual workspace software to access these tools remotely.
Bring as many critical files and applications as possible so you can do your job. Do whatever you need to do to streamline your workload as much as possible.
Master Your Castle to Conquer Your Workday
No longer will you have to deal (as much) with constant distractions while you’re working from home. Follow these steps to retain your sanity while working from home, and you will forge yourself into an unstoppable productivity powerhouse.
Go forth. Conquer the day from the comfort of your own home.