As a freelancer, I am constantly on the lookout for ways to stay productive. It’s easy to fall prey to distractions. These tips will help you power through instead of disturbing your workflow.
Making the switch from working in an office setting to working from home can be tough. It’s easy to set routines for yourself when you leave the house every day for work. Have a shower, drink some coffee and eat breakfast, get ready and go. When you work from home, your commute can be as little as a few steps away from your coffee pot. You won’t catch me complaining about that fact, but I will admit I have become much more easily distracted from my work while I’m at home as opposed to being in a workplace. Creative Boom knows all about this issue that many freelancers who work from home face on a daily basis.
Assign a section of your home specifically for working
This is something I didn’t always manage to do. Before I was able to be out on my own. While I was living with family or renting rooms it was easy to quickly make my bed my workstation. But, the truth is, you need to have separate spaces.
Have a phone that’s specifically for work enquiries, so you can switch it off in the evenings and at weekends. And make sure you turn your computer off at the end of the working day to avoid quick email checks – this also helps to symbolise the end of work and the beginning of your downtime.
We know what checking your phone at night does to your sleep and productivity. It’s best to turn off from all technology at night!
Shower and dress first thing every morning
This is a safe space where we can all share freely without fear of judgement so let me be completely honest with all of you. As I sit here and type this article, I can’t really remember the last time I washed my hair. BUT! I do have a 4 month old daughter so I’m using that as an excuse. So there’s no judgement passed from me if you’re sitting in your pajamas and sporting a few days old shirt. Unfortunately, as Creative Boom tells us, this is a pretty awful idea. You’ll end up blurring the lines between work and home life.
Although it’s important to be comfortable, failing to get dressed again blurs the boundaries between work and play – encouraging a lack of professionalism and making your downtime less enjoyable.
You tend to feel a bit more professional if your outside actually matches. I’m a visual learner so visibly seeing myself prepared and ready for the day would probably lend a hand in making me become more productive. Maybe tomorrow I’ll shower and even put some makeup on before I begin my work…maybe.
Make sure you get fresh air and exercise regularly
Open your blinds and let some light in. I swear, if you walked into my home at any given moment, you would think that it was a lair for vampires. I still force myself to throw the drapes aside and open the window. I even strap my kid into the stroller and venture outside for some fresh air. Surprisingly, my skin did not boil in the sunlight. I used to hate the idea of getting up and away from the computer. Why not just power through it and get done with the work as fast as possible? Then I saw a remarkable difference in my focus and the quality of my work when I would take a break. The results will surprise you!