Working at home affords you loads of freedom, but it also presents a different set of challenges that could stand in the way of productivity. Want to stay focused while working at home? These are helpful strategies that keep you on the ball while enjoying the comforts of home.
Find your Rhythm
Everyone has a different internal rhythm. What’s yours? You probably know when you have peaks, and when you have lulls during the day. Plan your work schedule around these hours to optimize your natural energy reserves.
There are tons of benefits to taking a quick break: they refresh our energy, stave off boredom, and help us refocus on the bigger picture. Most people suggest working out, taking a walk, or even napping. You can also use a lull in attention as a cue to make lunch and eat while reading a book that’s unrelated work.
Remember, though, that your break should be just that, a break. If it’s too fun, you might not go back to work. That’s not a bad thing if there’s not too much to do. But if you have a lot on your plate, plan a break that will enable you to get back to the task at hand.
Leave work at home
Research has shown that people who work remotely often end up working far more than their counterparts at the office. The thing is, this can also be exhausting and stressful.
After all, we need breaks. We can’t be “on” all of the time, and while some people can work on the weekends and not want to cry, you might not be that person. You need time in your week when you don’t have to think about “what I should be doing.”
Listen to yourself. Watch yourself. Experiment and find the structure that fits you, one that allows you to do your best work in the most effective manner, because as a remote worker, no one else is going to do that for you, and if you don’t do it for yourself, you won’t be happy.
Structure leads to success
The challenges of a remote worker can be solved with one thing: structure. Structure in your day, in your approach to tasks, and in your communications with clients and teammates. While working from home is fantastic, the freedom can sometimes be too much. When that starts to happen, take a step back. Use organization as a tool to wrangle this freedom.
If you’re looking for tips like these or other ways to get the best performance possible out of your business, Scott A. Kunkel, CPA PC can help you. Call us today in North Richland Hills at 817-498-1040 to have a chat.