When I became an entrepreneur, I dreamed of working from home. No commute, flexible hours and not having to do my hair. And then that dream came true.
After just a few weeks, I realized working from home is way harder than I imagined. I did not know there were so many means of procrastination. I had to make some fast changes if I wanted to get any work done.
Here are some rules I learned along the way to help me avoid procrastination.
1. Have a Defined Work Space
It has been proven that setting aside a particular space for working has a positive impact on productivity. Defining a “home office space” can promote concentration and creativity. This can simply involve clearing the kitchen table or dedicating one room of the house.
2. Maintain a Start and Stop Time
It doesn’t have to be the traditional 9-5, after all, you are at home. But without a set work schedule personal and professional life can become merged. Keeping a good level of consistency to your daily schedule, makes it easier to maintain more distinction between the two.
3. Get Dressed
You don’t have to put on a suit or dress but for me putting on casual attire has a positive impact on your work. This is another way to set the boundaries between relaxing and working.
4. Make a To Do List
Make a list of everything you need to complete for that day. Ensure that you prioritize your tasks and get the most important work done first. Focus on the most effective money-making activities. This will keep you on track and away from procrastination.
5. Stay Away from Distractions
When working from home, there are far more likely constant distractions tempting you to procrastinate. Turn off the TV, social media alerts that are not business related and any other distractions that will pull you away from your work.
6. Take a Lunch Break
Just like you would do at a job off site. Allow yourself some leisure time to recharge and prepare you to go back to work.
Following these steps, helped me eliminate my procrastination and improve my productivity.
How do you avoid procrastinating?