One of the wonderful aspects of having my own business is that I can work from anywhere. And by anywhere I really mean any city, state, desk or at times, couch. The picture below is the view from my latest office in LA, and yes, it is real life, and I must say, I’m a fan!
For my serious travel bug, the ability to pick up and go and still work is great! For my difficulty focusing at times, it can be difficult. That’s why I wanted to put together a list of tips that help me stay focused and hopefully will be able to help you as well!
1. Set Your Alarm
Although it’s nice to sleep in, it’s best to try to set a goal time to wake up and be at your desk (for me, 7:30 am). Even though you don’t have to be at the office, setting a time to be up will make your day more structured and easier to get everything done that you need to. For me, being up earlier means I also finish my day earlier, which is always a plus!
2. Take Breaks
It’s good to take mental breaks throughout the day to ensure that you remain happy and productive. Try taking a mid-morning trip to your favorite coffee shop, walking outside and getting the mail, walking the dog or just taking a minute to relax. If you need to schedule times to step away from your desk do that, but it’s important to take mental breaks to keep up your productivity.
3. Establish Your Work Area
Establish your work area and get all of the tools and resources that you need to make yourself as effective as possible (whiteboards, sticky notes, pens, planners). It’s important to have an area that is designated just for work in order to maintain your work-time structure. This makes it easier to separate work from your home life also, which for many people can be very difficult.
4. Have Health Snack Food
I am the worst snacker in the world, so it’s really important for me to have healthy snacks that I can munch on throughout the day. Some healthy snack options that I’m a fan of are: Almonds, Apples, Pickles (yes, pickles), Activia Light Yogurts, Grapes, Pretzels, Olives, Hard-Boiled Eggs and lots more! Take a look at this list of these healthy snacks for each craving you might have!
5. Set Expectations with Friends & Family
Some people might see working at home as having unlimited free time to talk, go and do whatever might come up. It’s important to explain to friends and family that during certain hours you need to focus on work.
6. Understand Client Expectations
Part of working at home is that many times you can focus better and get tasks done more quickly and effectively! Set clear deliverables with your clients and understand what they expect. Make sure that all of your work is your best work, but if takes you half the time you expected, don’t feel like you need to fill up the time with random tasks! Do what you do, the best you can, and the most effectively and you and your clients will stay happy!
7. Set Goals
For me, making a list that I can cross off is the best way to stay on track, especially when I’m working at home. Make sure that you understand what you need to get done for the day, week, month, year or for however long, whatever is best for you! Having goals allows you to work towards something, establishing more structure in your work day and creating a feeling of accomplishment when you can cross them off!
The best way to get rid of the 2 pm haze is by getting a little exercise! If you have a gym nearby or can take a walk or run in your neighborhood, go out and do 30-60 minutes of activity (if you can get away for that long – if not 15 minutes work too!) to re-energize your body. When you come back, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the work day!
9. Figure Out Your Work Style
Experiment with different methods, times and means of working remote and find out what works best for you! Everyone’s different, so you might need to adjust these tips so that they’re more effective for you! Good luck!
What are some ways that you stay productive while working remotely?
For some more tips on how to stay productive and effective while working at home, take a look at these helpful tips!
~ Miss Soucie