We all started to work for ourselves for the freedom to work when we want and where we want. But let’s face the facts, being successful means being productive and being productive can’t always happen when you’re snuggled up on your bed with your laptop next to you with Netflix on in the background.
Although, sometimes it can’t hurt…
Being able to work from home often requires having to ignore the distractions around your house such as the dog barking at the mailman, the dirty dishes in the sink, and the newest season of OITNB you are just dying to binge-watch. This means you must create a space that will allow you to block out those distractions so you can be as productive and efficient as possible.
Now, I’m not saying I have the productivity thing mastered… I still have to work every single day to become better at ignoring my distractions, but I’ve learned a few things that have significantly helped me along my #bossbabe journey.
- Work in a room with a door. This is pretty obvious but in order to shut out the distractions that are in the rest of the house simply close the door on them. I’m not saying you have to have a dedicated office room, although that has helped me dramatically, any room with a door will do. A spare guest room, a corner of your room, a basement, etc.
- Have a dedicated workspace. Again, doesn’t have to be an entire office, but having a place to go where you know that means it’s time to work will help you get in the mindset of “being at work”. And no, the couch does not count. I’ve read that you shouldn’t work where you want to relax or spend your personal time. It’s all about mindset and crossing those lines does not help that.
- Set the mood. I’m not talking about the mood. But I’m talking about setting a mood you want to have while you work. Burn a candle or diffuse some essential oils. Make sure you have adequate lighting or lamps. I personally have some fun twinkle lights I hang on my wall that I turn on when I’m looking for a little boost of energy. There’s a lot of things you can do, remember, you’re the boss!
- Turn off distractions. This goes without saying but you must get rid of everything that is going to distract you. That goes for your phone, tv, etc. One big thing I’ve done that has helped me a lot is to play instrumental music softly in the background when I work. This way I don’t get distracted by the lyrics but I’m also not tempted to stray to social media or tv for background noise.
- Get organized. There’s nothing worse than sitting down to work and you can’t find enough space to complete your work or you can’t find your work in the first place! So get organized. If you’re working with limited space, invest in a small rolling file cabinet where you can keep all of your important papers stashed away allowing you to clear off your desk to maximize your workspace. Having a clear desk allows for a clear mind and that is exactly what you need to be successful.
When I first started, I completed 90% of my work from my couch in front of the TV. As I’ve grown in my business, my work environment as too. I’ve realized I have too much to complete to allow myself the same distractions that I felt came along with the “freedom” I had from working at home. Following these 5 tips, I can get more done in a shorter amount of time, allowing myself the “freedom” to clock out and go enjoy my evenings.
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