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6 Ways to Achieve Maximum Productivity Working From Home

6 Ways to Achieve Maximum Productivity Working From Home

By    |   Thursday, 14 December 2017 02:18 PM

Research shows that more American employees are working remotely, and they are doing so for longer periods.

Employees and some employers view the practice as broadly beneficial, saying that remote workers are more productive and that the additional flexibility can help to close the gender gap.

The Global Business Survey found out that, on average, 54% of workforce in 1,500 businesses around the world surveyed in 2012 will be online in 2017, while a study by Intuit revealed that freelancers could increase to a staggering 40% of the workforce by 2020. Another study shows that around 90% of home-based workers say they are happier with the work/life balance even though they tend to work harder and longer.

These findings point to the fact that lots of Americans are working from their homes either as self-employed entrepreneurs or employees. This is as a result of better work/life balance but without adequate measures, the comfort of home can really distract you from not achieving set goals.

Here are 6 tips on achieving maximum productivity while working from home;

  1. Set up a Classic Home Office

The most important tip is to set up a home office you’ll be proud of. An office you’ll see and say ‘wow, this is beautiful’. One way of achieving this is to buy world class office equipment such as task chairs, tables, wall paper, computers, printers, inspirational photos and quotes etc.

Good lighting, nice fragrance, attractive painting, air purifier, and noiseless surrounding are essential when setting up a home office. No one can adequately work in a space with so much noise. Air purifiers are needed to mitigate the threat of allergens and pollutants that can cause real health problems.

Make your office space too comfortable to always make you don’t want to leave. A casual office may seriously impede your ability to meet daily work target. This is why it’s essential to set up an office space that reflects your personality and positively influence you to put in more effort and enhance the work you do.

  1. Get Dressed to have a Workplace Mindset

Appearance has a lot to tell about someone’s state of mind. Respect your home office by wearing work-appropriate attire. Though it's tempting to work in your favorite pajamas and this may not really motivate you to do much.

One habit you should have as a home-based worker or entrepreneur is to routinely get dressed as if you are going to work. You may not necessary have normal office hours like 8-5 but anytime you choose to resume, make it look official. You can wear a t-shirt and a Jean but make sure you’re not in your pajamas. Your mode of Dressing helps you get into the mindset of work. Treat your home office like a real work environment.

  1. Maintain and Manage your Business Resources

Achieving maximum productivity is also dependent on the ways you manage your business resources both material and finance. Let assume you got a low quality materials and machineries or you failed to adequately maintain your high quality business equipment. There is a great chance of breakdown or interruptions during business operation. This alone can destabilize and mar your day.

Productivity may not mean much if the business finance is not adequately managed. If you don’t organize your business finance properly, you’re simply jeopardizing the chances of your business success.

  1. Take a Break when Necessary

The tendency of working for long hours is very high for home-based workers and entrepreneurs. Working at one’s own pace and lack of supervision may be attributed to this. But to avoid memory relapse and stress, one need to take break when necessary.

Research has shown that when you work on a task continuously, it’s easy to lose focus and get lost in the weeds. In contrast, following a brief intermission, picking up where you left off forces you to take a few seconds to think globally about what you’re ultimately trying to achieve. It’s a practice that encourages us to stay mindful of our objectives.

You can take a nap when you’re tired. If you don’t feel like sleeping, take 10 minute walk or watch a movie to allow your brain to cool off. Taking breaks at work can only make you happier, focused and productive.

  1. Separate between Work and Personal Tasks

The biggest issue home-based workers or entrepreneurs have is their inability to distinction between work life and home life. Not having a clear cut time table for work and home life will definitely affect your relationship with your family, employer, clients and friends.

Set hours for your work at home and adhere strictly to it. Once it’s time for friends and family, don’t encroach on their time. This ultimately contributes to your work/life balance, and should also help you be more productive.

  1. Set and Meet Daily Targets

Working independently can be tempting. Issues such as slow pace of work, distractions and laziness can hinder you from accomplishing set daily goals. All you need to do is to set your priorities and stick to them. Discipline yourself to be more focused on specific tasks amidst distractions that pop up throughout the day. With these, you can achieve set goals and be happier.

Richard Agu is a researcher, entrepreneur and freelancer, passionate about entrepreneurship and self-development. Currently, Richard writes for Entrepreneur.com, Goodmenproject.com, among others. Follow him on Linkedin.com by clicking here now.

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