Finding the right mindset while working from home is key to maximum productivity. Working from home can be a great way to save money on your commuting costs and increase your flexibility with your work schedule. This is why you want to ensure you have the right mindset, because you want to dissociate at home with relaxation.
However, if you’re not used to working from home, it can be difficult to set up the right mindset for success. You may find yourself not motivated to working and get distracted easily with other tasks that need to be done. In this article, we’ll discuss some tips for finding the right mindset when working from home.
I recommend dedicate a room to a home office, this way when you are in this room, your brain automatically switches to a productive mindset, rather than a relaxation one. If you work in your home living room, then you are probably not activating the most productive aspects of your brain.
Finding the right mindset while working from home comes from looking from within to establish what is needed from you. If you need maximum productivity versus creativity, a different mindset is needed. Thereby, a different environment is also needed. In short, finding the right mindset for remote work is all about introspection.
What are the benefits of working from home?
Although working from home comes with its disadvantages, such as less socializing with colleagues, there are many benefits to working from home. Including the ability to control your work environment and schedule. Here are just a few of the benefits of finding the right mindset while working from home, depending on your job’s requirements:
1. You can work when you want and at your own pace.
2. You can work from any location with an internet connection or mobile data.
3. You can work from anywhere in the world with a computer, keep in mind that there are different time zones.
4. You can work from your own home office or any other room in your house and change it up throughout the day.
5. You can save money on office costs by working from home.
6. Your office is set up the way you want it.
How can you set up your home office environment?
One way to create a work from home environment that is conducive to productivity is to set up a work area that is comfortable and distraction-free. Making sure your space is organized and clean will help you stay focused while working.
Additionally, setting boundaries on when and how much work you do outside of working hours can help you stay productive. Lastly, establishing a personal routine can help you get into the right mindset for working from home.
To create a comfortable work space, try to avoid excessive noise and distractions. Keep your office environment bright and airy with plenty of natural light, and keep furniture low to the ground to reduce strain on your back. To minimize distractions, try to limit your computer screen time to specific programs and files. Take advantage of your phone’s screen time limit tools, which will force you to stop using your phone and get back to focusing on your work.
Additionally, keep a portfolio or sketchbook nearby so you can take breaks and express creativity in an informal setting.
To establish boundaries on work time, establish a daily schedule that focuses on specific tasks. For example, allocate an hour during the morning for working on important tasks, followed by hours of emailing and meetings.
This limits the number of hours spent on non-work-related activities each day, which will help you stay focused during working hours. Most people are most effective during the morning, so schedule your most important engagements before lunch, because after lunch most people’s productivity starts to decline.
Tips for working from home when you first start out
When you first start working from home, it can be a little daunting. You’re used to being in an office with other people, and suddenly you’re by yourself. People who are well disciplined will succeed, but this is rare. Most will fall victim to getting distracted and get barely half of what they used to during a regular work day. This is why it’s important to start with good habits.
The good news is that there are a few things you can do to ease into the habit of working from home:
1. Start with small goals
If your goal is to work from home full-time, start by setting smaller goals. For example, instead of aiming to complete a project by a specific date, try completing 10% of it by that date with a timeline progression of completion.
Perhaps dedicate 15 minutes to separate the project into bit sized portions. This way you schedule the 10 different parts into your schedule, rather than allocating a few hours a day to it.
Moreover, with this method you will feel more accomplished by the end of the day. Because you will have a clear idea of what you have to do next, and more importantly what you have completed. This way when you put your head on your pillow at night, you will feel fulfilled rather than focused on what’s next. This way, you’ll progress gradually and feel more accomplished when you reach your full goal.
2. Set boundaries
When you’re working from home for the first time, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and stay in bed all day. Set boundaries for yourself and stick to them. For example, set a timer for 30 minutes and work until the timer goes off. This way, you’ll have some structure and with this you will maximize your attention space and remain at your optimal productivity with 5 minute breaks to rest your mind from your tasks.
Another trick is to stick to a concrete, consistent schedule. For example, waking up everyday at the same time, even over weekends. This may seem counter intuitive but research has shown many detrimental effects of irregular sleep; such as, poorer sleep quality.
3. Get organized
Before starting any project, take some time to organize your files and notes so you don’t have to search for them later on. I personally take 30 minutes at the end of the day to check off all tasks I did throughout the day, and begin organizing tomorrow right away. This way while I am trying to fall as sleep I already know what I need to get done tomorrow. Also, when I wake up the next day I already have a plan on what to do.
Storage is a great way of staying organized. Storage can also be a great way of adding style and decorations to your space.
How to deal with distractions when working from home
When you’re working from home, it’s important to have a clear mind so you can focus on your work. But sometimes distractions can get in the way. Here are some tips for dealing with distractions and staying focused:
1. Set boundaries
It’s important to set boundaries for yourself and establish limits on how long you will allow distractions to persist. Not only distractions, but also how long you spend on your tasks. Sometimes we spend too much time on something that at the end of the day, doesn’t yield any better of a result. For example, spending an extra 5 minutes of warming up your pitch before calling the client. Your off the cuff speech is probably going to be the best.
Learn how long you’re going to be distracted and your tendencies, start planning your work accordingly. You can often pre-emptively prevent distractions from occurring. For instance, being hungry can drastically reduce your productivity. Thus, you would need to plan your meals with better timing of when you tend to get hungry. Then set those boundaries as time away from your desk to mindfully eat your meal without working at the same time.
2. Set a timer and start with a short task
If you find it difficult to start working right away, try setting a timer for 10 minutes and doing a short task first. This will help you get started and build momentum. Crossing out one task from your list quickly can change your mindset into a more positive one and it will warm you up to completing many more throughout the day. Try to space out some easy tasks between some harder ones. This way you will be able to cross out items on your to-do list throughout the day, rather than one item every few hours.
3. Use breaks wisely
If you find yourself getting distracted often, take short breaks every half hour or so to move around, eat something, and drink some water. This will help keep your mind fresh and focused during the rest of your work session. I only fill my water bottle half way, this way I am forced to move to the sink to get more water every 30 minutes or so. Set up more of these habits in order to optimize your 30 minutes of dedicated, focused work.
Conclusion on finding the right mindset while working from home
In short, your mindset is a result of your environment and habits. Therefore, to find the right mind you need to create the right environment and habits to optimize your every your work day. Working from home can initially be a challenge for most people, but over time everyone can get used to it and even flourish more than when working at the office with the rest of your colleagues.