As a realtor, I’m always on the go meeting clients and going to showings and at times it’s takes longer to go into the office. The social benefits of a workplace is always a plus, but it can become a distraction when you engage in conversation with co-workers on your way to get a glass of water.
On occasion, I do work from home which allows me to be productive without external distractions. Although, we are all guilty of falling off our daily agenda when the TV is a few steps away or when we aren’t around others and therefore don’t feel the same obligations to get stuff done.
So, here are some tips I follow to ensure that I’m going to have a productive workday from home:
Wake Up Early
You get to skip your morning commute to the office… why not start the day early and dive right into your to-do list. Otherwise, it might end up looking like a prolonged breakfast and letting your motivation slip away. Getting tasks checked off your list first thing in the morning can be key in being productive for the rest of the day!
Pretend like You’re Going Into the Office/Meeting clients
Preparing your day like you’re going into work can put you into the mindset of being focused, motivated and determined to be as productive with your day as possible. There shouldn’t be a reason that this mental association should be lost when working remotely. Simple things like setting an alarm, making coffee and changing into another outfit can help put you in the right mindset.
Have a Dedicated Work Space
Working from home can doesn’t mean you can’t have an office. Rather than spending your time working from your bedroom or couch; spaces that are often associated with leisure time — find a specific room or surface in your home to work.