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Working from home has become common in the workforce. In 2017, 5.2% of US workers worked from home. That is roughly 8 million people.
There are some pros and cons to working from home. But the largest challenge most face is overworking while at home.
Think about it.
Your commute is less than 2 minutes.
Your attire is very casual.
Lunch is a few steps away.
There are no distractions.
All of this sounds wonderful. Right? — Yes!
However, what really happens when people work from home, is that they work outside of their “normal” hours. You substitute your drive time into actual work time and some.
You should end up working less while you are at home. Not because you are skimming on your tasks. It’s because you have less distractions at home.
No one walking by your office or desk to chat. Not having to fight the lunch rush at your favorite sandwich shop. And no clock to race against when its time to clock out. 5pm rush hour is the worst.
Remote days require laser focus. At home there are other distractions – TV, couch, bed, snacks, chores, pets, projects, etc.
But if you are one of the 8 Million US workers that can work from home, make better use of your time. You will begin to work smarter and not harder while at home.
Start with these 3 easy tips
Set a work schedule.
Set a time for when you start and end work. Stick to it. At times you will have to be flexible with taking a call outside of those hours, but do not make it a habit. Stick to your schedule. You wouldn’t take a 6pm call from the office. Why are you doing it from home?
Take a lunch break.
Just because you are working from home does not mean you do not get a lunch break. Move away from your work area and have lunch. Use this time to catch up on a show you missed. Another option is to hit the gym or take a walk during your break. Trust me, your productivity will soar afterwards.
Treat your remote day like a day in the office.
You can’t do laundry while in the office or take a moment to watch the latest Housewives episode. So that means that you can’t do it while at home either. This is what your scheduled breaks at for. The moment you learn to focus the less hours you will put in.
And if you are still struggling with distractions, check out the 52/17 method. 52 minutes of work, 17 minute break. See if that helps jump start your remote day.