Working from home has its benefits: shorter commutes, better lunches, and a relaxed dress code are just some of the perks that telecommuters can enjoy. Still, there are some downsides to working from your home office. It can seem almost impossible to focus with the distractions of home nearby — kids, pets, and a laundry list of chores can weigh on the mind, and some professionals find themselves longing to return to their brick-and-mortar offices. Fortunately, there are some tools you can use to fall in love with your home office once more. Incorporate these lifestyle changes and computer support tools into your daily routine to boost productivity and focus while working from home.
Computer Support Tools to Boost Focus
For those of us who sit in front of screens all day, distractions are everywhere. Avoid the temptation to browse the internet with browser-based content blocking programs like StayFocusd or Strict Workflow. These tools block distracting websites during periods of intended productivity, allowing you to focus on work. While many antivirus programs give users the ability to blacklist specific sites, these interfaces can be clunky and impractical for frequent changes. Of course, using office tech that works well with minimal interruptions is one of the best tools in your arsenal. Inconsistent internet connectivity, frequent hardware problems, and software issues can wreak havoc on productivity, which is why a robust computer support infrastructure is a vital tool for any office.
Create a Workstation with Productivity in Mind
What’s beyond your computer screen can be just as important (and distracting) as what’s on it. Set up a distinct space in your home to get work done. Even without a dedicated home office, setting up a workstation in your dining room, kitchen, or living room can give you the space you need to work uninterrupted. Avoid working in your bedroom if possible, and try to create a setup similar to what you would have in your old office. Working with your laptop on a couch may be more comfortable in the short term, but sitting at a desk or table is better for your posture and focus!
Limit Distractions with Lifestyle Changes
Some have said that working from home is like living at work; there’s no escape from the office when your work computer is always on in the next room. Implementing strict limits between work and your home life is a vital part of working from home, and it can help keep you focused during your workday. If at all possible, stick to a regular schedule. Let your kids, roommates, parents, or spouse know that you’re trying to focus, so privacy and minimal interruptions are preferred. Going to work in your pajamas is comfy, but there’s something motivational about getting dressed in something other than sweatpants. Try to wear a nice outfit at least a few times each week, and make sure to get up from your desk and stretch regularly.
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