More and more jobs, especially for millennials, allow some degree of working from home. While this is a great way for you to gain a little flexibility in your schedule, it can be tricky to stay focused when you’re working from your first apartment (especially if space is tight!). It may not be possible for you to have a specific room to serve as an “office”, but here are a couple tips to help you get the most out of your work-from-home days!
1. Plan your day
This is the most important! Working from home means you have less structure to your day automatically. First thing in the morning, plan out your activities by the hour or half-hour. That way, you can stick to a more structured schedule. For example…
9 – 10AM: Work on first project
10 – 10:15AM: Break! Vacuum the apartment
10:15 – 11AM: Work on second project
11AM – 12PM: Finalize second project
12 – 1PM: Quick grocery shop & make lunch
Once you make a plan, stick to it ad try to stay on schedule. Allow some flexibility, but simply listing out what you need to do in the day should help you be more productive.
2. Limit distractions
Nothing limits productivity more than having the TV on or aimlessly surfing the internet. Make sure to limit any technological distractions early on. If you find it too quiet in your apartment, listen to the radio or online music. There are other distractions in your apartment, too! From dirty dishes in the sink to other tasks that you can only do at home, they are everywhere! To stay focused on work, try to complete any of those tasks the night before, or during 10-15 minute breaks throughout the day.
3. Take breaks
Since you’re home, your “brain breaks” every few hours can be productive ones! Think of quick tasks you can complete within a few minutes and list them out before your work day starts. Then, as you switch between tasks or just need a moment to take a break, check them off your list! Some ideas….
- Vacuum or mop the floors
- Dust the living room
- Make your bed
- Run a load of laundry
- Wipe down kitchen counters
4. Use your time wisely
My biggest piece of advice about working from home is to work hard! Make sure that you don’t squander your time at home, or your employer may choose to limit it in the future. While I think it’s great to use breaks to complete quick tasks at home, make sure that you don’t spend the whole day doing so. More than anything, enjoy the flexibility!!
Please share your best productivity tips in the comments.