Trouble is, few are used to (if at all able to) do any meaningful work in their bedrooms while rocking their jammies.
Speaking from one lazy bitch to another, it’s easy to spiral down a black hole of procrastination when working from home. So, here’s a list of changes you can apply to your daily work to make sure you come out of it a badass (and not a lazy-ass) every day.
11 work from home tips to make your work more productive
Companies—the good ones, anyway—let their employees “own” certain KPIs, and it’s up to them how to hit their own goals, including managing their own time.
One great way of doing so is theming your days.
You can keep your workweek’s meetings/standups strictly on Mondays. Then content creation on Tuesdays. Reporting on Wednesdays. Planning on Fridays, and so on.
3. Make room for work
Get yourself a dedicated workspace. Trust me, it’s crucial.
Like a siren call, your bed’s pull will grow stronger and stronger, until 5 minutes later, you’ll find yourself laying around, mindlessly scrolling on Instagram.
Having a space meant specifically for work will signal your brain that you’re supposed to be working. It’s a simple mind trick, but it works.
4. Declutter your physical + digital workspace
Why stop with just having a space? Make it ideal. Make it pleasant.
Keep your workspace clean. And that includes the space where you physically work at, as well as the device you’re working in. For the latter, I use a modified version of Tiago Forte’s PARA filing system.
When you like the physical and virtual place for work, you do more and better work.
5. Use the right tools for the job—the right one for you, anyway
As a self-proclaimed productivity nut, I’ve clocked more than enough time trying out different tools to help keep myself productive.
I have one takeaway: tools don’t matter.
You can work off of something as basic as a spreadsheet or something as sophisticated as, say, a full-fledged project management software like Jira or Asana.
It will depend entirely on your workflow. Pick one, run with it, and use the tool (don’t let the tool use you!)
On the flipside, for more technical work, it’s imperative to use the right tool that will help you accomplish your task. If you’re working UI/UX, you might want to use a wireframing tool or something like Miro.
Just like your work environment, the clothes you wear condition your mind to go on “work mode” and strive for productivity.
You don’t have to wear button-downs like you would at work. Getting out of your sleepwear is enough. Little goes a long way, be that wearing your wristwatch or wearing your work shoes at home.
7. Step out when you feel distracted
When you feel stuck, it’s perfectly fine to step out of your home to reset.
For me, that’s a nearby coffee shop with decent Wi-Fi and an abundance of electric sockets (for charging). If your town/city has a coworking space, you might want to consider that too. Plenty of room to work at and opportunity to network with other professionals in your area.
Sometimes, the mere dispelling of comfort is enough to kick you into a more productive headspace.
8. Say what you mean (and mean what you say)
Here’s a work from home tip I don’t hear often…Communicate more efficiently!
Poor communicate takes a ton of time away from your day-to-day. How many unnecessary “got this” or “thank you” emails/messages have you sent or received? It adds up.
While we’re at it, practice asynchronous communication. Not every message requires an immediate response. Choosing which one deserves your attention can be the difference between a productive and an unproductive day.
So, the next time you hear that Slack notification ping, assess whether it needs your attention right away, or if it’s perfectly fine to put it in the backburner.
9. Set strict boundaries
Working remotely has some liberties built in. That said, it also comes with the responsibility to set your own boundaries.
This applies to many things, including the scope of your work, your available hours, and more. Similarly, you’d want to set expectations with people you live with. It pays to have them know which hours you shouldn’t come a-knockin’ on your room door.
Communicating these boundaries clearly will help you work smoothly and more productively.
10. Take a break. You deserve it!
Counterintuitive it may seem, breaks are good for your productivity.