It’s become increasingly common for people to work remotely for employers thousands of miles away. But if you don’t work remotely, it doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the opportunity to occasionally work away from the office. An in-person team is important for morale, office camaraderie, and brainstorming and meetings. But it can be advantageous to take some time away from the office every now and again. The sharing economy is all about people, and sharing platforms are some of the most dedicated startups to keeping their employees happy. The trouble is when you’re at home, how do you stay on task?
Designate a Dedicated Workspace
Likely, your mind has categorized your office as a place solely for work. You need to do the same at home if you’re going to be productive. If you have a spare room to turn into a home office – great! Do that, and only do work there. Don’t try and work in a place that you that is normally for relaxation. Most likely, will not be as productive in your bed or living room compared to a room dedicated to productivity.
Stick to a Routine
Develop a steady routine for your days working at home. It’s pleasing not to be tied to the normal work-day clock of commutes and lunch hours, but routines are actually great for keeping you on track. The night before your day working from home, plan when you will start working, when you will break for lunch, and when you plan to stop working. This will keep you focused and productive, and prevent you from slacking off throughout the day.
Enjoy the Benefits of Being Out of the Office
While it’s still a workday, don’t be afraid to enjoy the benefits of being at home! Talk a short walk to clear your head, or just step outside for a minute to let your mind rest. When faced with a complicated assignment, it’s beneficial to let your mind rest and subconsciously process an issue. The best inspiration often comes when you’re doing something unrelated to work – in the shower, cooking, at the gym.