I work from home and, a couple years ago, moved into a position that is less daily task/project oriented and more business/program oriented which means that I can have a lot more ebb and flow in my work schedule and it can be more challenging to stay focused. Here are the habits I’ve developed to stay motivated and productive:
– I put my phone in do not disturb mode during the day so that I’m not getting a bunch of beeps and rings that interrupt my focus
– I removed social media apps from my phone so that I have to sign into them to see them rather than being able to just click on something (it’s too easy for that to quickly turn into mindless browsing).
– I love working from an appointment book where each double page is a full week, so I can lay out all of my tasks like a To Do list for the week first thing. I’ve also used project management software like Asana for recurring tasks (that was one AMAZING when I was managing multiple projects with a lot of details and deadlines)
– I let myself honor my rhythms- I tend to work best if I start my day a bit more slowly and then ramp up, take a couple breaks when my afternoon slump hits and then end my day slowly by closing things out and figuring out what needs to move over to the next day’s list.
– I stop and do laundry or a little bit of picking up or wash dishes when I need to- sometimes I’ve been on a meeting and folding laundry (on mute). It allowed me to keep my mind focused (so that I’m listening to the call rather than continuing to work on my computer) and also get other stuff done!
– I work out in the mornings- I’ve noticed that when I start the week or day with spin class, I’m the most productive with the rest of my day(s).
– I listen to music or inspiring talks (especially talks by female business owners) to keep myself hustling and motivated during the day.
– I put Rescue Time on my computer and my phone so that I can tell how productive I’m actually being with a standard work day/week- it was really informative.
– I love my job and I recognize that if I don’t get my work done, it has a severe and negative impact to the company, so there are times when I’ll sign on after dinner to take care of something or hop on before bed to take care of one last thing. I don’t do this often but I feel that their willingness to honor flexibility for me makes me more willing to do things like that to close out a work day or project or task in a good way.
Congratulations on your new job! I hope you enjoy all of the joys and perks of working from home!