Ahh working from home: You get an extra hour of beauty sleep without having that commute, settle into your comfy oversized chair, and quietly complete all of your work tasks to the sound of birds singing in harmony outside of your window. In a perfect world, right? Reality: Your baby wakes you up by taking off his own diaper and peeing all over your floor, while your cat is doing step-aerobics on your keyboard. Oh yeah, and that ‘hot coffee’ you made, which was long forgotten in the kitchen after cleaning up your child’s bodily fluids, is now iced.
Working from home is an amazing luxury in the web industry, but how can we as dedicated web nerds be productive with all of the real-life distractions that can prevent us from doing quality work?
Graydient has compiled a list of their top 5 tips at how to balance working with being at home.
- Start Drinking Early
…coffee.. Start drinking coffee early. Get a lot done while the day is young. Waking up early has been found to be one of the most productive times for people.
- Make Your Bed & Put on Some Pants
Instead of staying in your PJ’s in the comfort of your bed, get dressed and ready as if it is a normal work day. Studies have also proven a clean workspace makes for a clear mind. Make your bed and tidy up your room a bit before settling down into work-mode, and you’ll be more productive.
- Designate A Work Zone
Find a quiet(er) area in the house, away from potential distractions. Have a prioritized list of things to get done prepared so you’re ready to “plug away” in the morning.
- Stay Connected
Get some good noise cancelling headphones and make sure to check in with coworkers online and stay updated. Make it clear that you are available, even if your noise cancelling headphones are on. Set scheduled times to check emails and such, so you’re not constantly checking throughout the day.
- But Don’t Forget to Disconnect
It’s easy to get into the zone and spend hours upon hours staring at the computer screen, but make sure to take 20-minute breaks every so often to ease your eyes and brain. Some of your biggest breakthroughs may hit you when you least expect it!
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