“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
- Shower, get dressed, and eat breakfast.
- Set your work hours. If you don’t set hours, you will risk sacrificing the balance between work and life.
- Create a room that is dedicated for work only. It is essential you separate your work from your home life so that when you enter your home office, you know what you are there to do, work. It will help you change your mindset from, “I’m working at home” to “I’m at work.”
Tell your friends and family exactly what the room is for, and that even though you are in the house/apartment/condo, you are at work when in that office.
- Close your office door. This will help remind you, and anyone else who may be at your home, that you are at work.
- Clear your desk. Only keep what you need on your desk. The less distractions, the better.
- Disconnect. Turn off your phones, IM, and email alerts when you need to focus on a task. This will not always apply, but try it out for certain tasks and see how it works for you.
- Don’t quit. If you are having a rough day, it will be tempting to go find something else to do. Train yourself to work anyway.
- Take breaks. Block out 15 minutes multiple times per day for a break… go for a walk/run, or meditate. Your focus and productivity will increase.
- Drink water and eat multiple times per day. Your brain is made up of about 85% water and you need water to stay alert, focused, and productive. To keep your energy levels and productivity at the highest levels, eat 5-7 smaller meals per day instead of 3 large meals. Plan ahead to make this happen. Also, be sure to eat some protein with each meal.
- Give thanks! Be grateful you are able to work from home and don’t have a commute everyday. Use that gratitude to help drive you to work harder and stay on task!