The COVID-19 pandemic has made working from home a reality for millions of people. But while it may seem like a dream to work from home, there are obvious challenges. Fighting off procrastination is perhaps the biggest challenge there is.
If you are working from home and can’t seem to stay focused, there are things that you can do to get back on the right path. Here are ten tips for beating procrastination when working from home.
1. Set Daily Goals
While it is good to have long-term goals and achievements to work towards, you will be much more likely to get these done if you also set daily goals along the way.
Use a weekly desk pad or a weekly planner to write down all the goals you have for the week and get them done at daily intervals. It helps break the week up into digestible bits and gives you motivation in smaller doses. Focus on the here and now and you will end up feeling better about your productivity at the end of each day.
2. Take Breaks
One of the keys to remaining productive even while working from home is to stay energised. Taking little breaks here and there can keep work from feeling monotonous and make you feel more energised throughout the day.
This can be done in quick little breaks. For instance, you could go grab something to drink or maybe take a stroll outside to get the mail. Whatever you need to do to break things up, it gives you a chance to quickly reset and feel better when you sit down again.
3. Have A Home Office
It cannot be understated just how important it is to have a space at home to work in. While it may sound great to lounge on the couch or hang out in bed, the line between work and home can become blurred quickly.
By having a home office, you keep work and home separate. That makes it easier to disconnect when work hours are finished and for you to live your life separately from work. Working in common areas of the home will make it feel like work never really ends – and no one needs to feel that way.
4. Track Productivity
Another great way to keep yourself productive is to actually track just how productive you are being. There are lots of organisational tools and planners out there that can help you to keep track of the tasks that you are taking on during the day.
It gives you an idea of how much you do during a day, where you can improve, and more. Better than that, it is like having a little personal accountability tracker right there in front of you. Falling way short of goals can be the kind of motivational boost needed to stop procrastinating.
Like just about anyone else, there is a pretty good chance that you have a laundry list of tasks to get done. When there are that many tasks staring you in the face, the entire process can feel daunting, which makes it easier to procrastinate.
So, do yourself a favour and prioritise the most important ones. That gives you clearly defined tasks to go after, which puts your day in focus. With a focus and purpose, achieving goals and ticking things off your list becomes a lot easier.
6. Turn Off Notifications
Our phones are simultaneously the best and worst things to happen to us. There isn’t much we can’t do on them, which means there’s a lot more things to keep us from actually doing work. Turn your phone off for a bit or at least mute notifications. When you can’t hear your phone going off, you will be a lot less distracted.
7. Reduce Noise
Much like notifications from your phone, peripheral noises can be a huge source of distraction. Try to block out as much of it as you can. There are noise cancelling headphones that are perfect for scenarios like this. The less noise there is to distract you, the less likely you are to be taken away from your work.
8. Avoid Multitasking
There is this mindset that taking on several things at once somehow makes you more productive. But the simple fact of the matter is that it just means you are not paying attention to multiple things at one time.
Try not to multitask. Give your full attention to one task and do it the right way. Sure, you may not be getting multiple tasks “done” at once, but there’s a better chance that you are doing them properly.
9. Treat Yourself
We set goals and make these plans for multiple reasons. One of them is to get things done, yes, but another reason is to give ourselves the stimulation and motivation to continue doing them. This is why rewarding yourself is so important.
Rewarding yourself is beneficial for a lot of reasons. But the most important thing is that it keeps you feeling good about the work that you are doing and motivates you to continue completing tasks. It can be a snack, an extended break, or whatever really motivates you to get stuff done.
10. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
One of the biggest mistakes that employees make is comparing themselves to one another. But we are all different and achieve goals differently. Getting things done is important and comparing yourself to others is the quickest way to feeling bad about yourself.
Stick to your goals and your path. How someone else gets things done is not relevant to how you get things done. Worry about yourself, not what others are doing with their time.
Say Goodbye To Procrastination
With so many potential distractions and excuses, it is all too easy to fall behind on work. But with these effective tips, you can become just as efficient at home as you would be in the office. Do yourself a favour and become a better worker by implementing these tips today!