6 Ways to Optimize Working From Home

6 Ways to Optimize Working From Home

Working from home offers many advantages, including more flexibility in your schedule and the ability to work in your PJs when you want. But with all the distractions at home, it can be hard to get your work done, especially if you’re not super self-disciplined or organized. In order to be as productive as possible from home, keep these six tips in mind.

Create an Office Space

When you work from home, it can be tempting to leave your office-like setting for other things. If you want to maximize your productivity when working from home, create an office space and dedicate a room as such.

This will allow you not only focus on work with minimal distraction but also help give your house a clean look. Dedicating an entire room or section of a room as an office space helps remind others that they should not disturb you while you are working in said area.

Do Not Multitask

Multitasking is a myth, and it's taking a toll on our work ethic. When you multitask, you're doing two things at once. While you might think that by doing two things at once you're getting twice as much done, your productivity actually suffers because of your inability to focus fully on either task. It's better to tackle one thing at a time, so give yourself permission not to multitask; instead, carve out time in your schedule each day for focused productivity. 

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Keep a Calendar

As a remote worker, it can be easy to lose track of time, miss appointments and deadlines and otherwise fall behind. That’s why it’s critical to keep some kind of calendar; not only will it help you stay on top of your professional commitments, but it can also keep you more organized in general.

Try using an app like Fantastical or Apple Calendar on your phone or computer; both offer extensive features that allow you to schedule everything from meetings and coffee dates with coworkers to tasks and reminders for personal tasks.

Work in 90-Minute Cycles

If you have trouble focusing and getting a lot done, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, traditional work structures don’t work for everyone. If you find yourself often distracted or unable to focus for more than an hour at a time, try working in 90-minute cycles. Break up your day into four 90-minute chunks.

During each cycle, stop and take stock of what needs done, set mini-goals that are easily achievable within that time period, and then restart your timer when those goals are met. Even if it takes longer than 90 minutes sometimes, breaking up your day with small breaks will make it easier to stay focused without losing out on valuable work time.

Have Structure and Rituals

Working from home is great—there’s no commute, no annoying coworkers and no annoying boss. But if you don’t have a strong structure, it can be very easy to get lost in distractions.

If you’re trying to maximize your time at home and get a lot done, consider creating some rituals or routines that will help you stay on track. For example, make certain times of day dedicated to checking email or other professional tasks; other parts of your day are better spent on recreational pursuits.

Also be sure to designate a time when the work day is over and you can stop checking work emails or notifications. This can be helped by establishing a wind-down routine, especially before bed. Try out our Sleep Nano CBD Oil, infused with Ginseng, Chamomile, and Melatonin, to help you get those important eight hours of sleep.

Be Kind to Yourself

When you're at home, there's no reason not to indulge in a little cat nap or movie-watching marathon. If you want to feel less guilty when taking an hour off, remind yourself that working from home can actually be more productive than office time because it allows you to focus on what matters most.

If distractions aren't your thing, set up designated work hours—say 9am-5pm M-F or 9am-1pm Saturdays—to reduce your chances of getting off track during prime working hours. By carving out blocks of time for work and play, you can maintain a healthy balance between them while getting tons of done!