10 Ways to Beat the Home-Bound Blues

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Got the home-bound blues? Follow these tips to raise your vibe....

The following is a guest post by Georgiah Cook…

Working from home can be a liberating and rewarding experience. Who doesn’t love the flexibility of being their own boss and having the freedom to plan out their entire workday? However, there are some downsides to this work heaven.

In order to be successful, discipline is necessary. The casual and comfortable home atmosphere can derail your progress and, what was once a perk, becomes a productivity vampire, sucking away your time and efficiency before you know it.

So how do you beat those home-bound blues during your workday? Check out these 10 tips for overcoming those pesky work-at-home productivity vampires.

1. Go outside

When you work from home you have the downside of spending both your work, and personal time in the same space. This can result in some serious cabin fever.

 

Make sure you give yourself breaks to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. You can even do work while you’re at it. If you have phone calls to make, give your clients a call while you go for a walk around the block or sit on the porch. The point is to get out of the house, even if only for a few minutes at a time.

2. Take scheduled breaks

One of the most difficult parts of working from home is time-management. It is so easy to get distracted by the television, chores, and kitchen. Rather than indulging every food craving with a trip to the fridge, force yourself to take only scheduled breaks.

 

Work for two to three hours then give yourself a good half hour to get that snack, read the newspaper, or change the laundry. But once that break is over, make sure you drop what you’re doing and get back to work again. This will prevent you from getting distracted and wasting precious work-time.

3. Get ready for the day

While it’s nice to sit around in your pajamas all day, it often does very little for your productivity. Instead, take time to get ready in the morning. Take a shower, do your hair, and put on a fresh change of clothes. You don’t have to wear formal business attire, but simply going through the motions of getting ready can put you in the mindset to work productively.

4. Set aside a designated work space

Whether you have a private home office or simply use the kitchen table, make sure you have a designated work space. This will prevent you from sitting on the couch in front of the TV all day. Sitting up at a desk or table puts you in the physical position to stay on task, and you will be less tempted to watch TV or surf the Internet.

5. Limit media use

Working from home usually entails online use. Even so, try to limit your time on the internet so you won’t be distracted by social media, surfing, and even excessive email checks. Avoid the temptation to check your email every 5 minutes; this only wastes time. Take time to check your email in the morning and then every couple hours at most.

6. Work smart

The beauty of working at home is that you can set your own hours and work at your own pace. This means that if you work smarter, you don’t necessarily have to work harder. Some people

work better in the mornings than in the afternoons. If that is the case for you, plan to do all your most important work before noon, then give yourself easier tasks for the afternoon. You can also take off a few hours at your least productive to run errands and accomplish other priorities outside of work.

7. Plan ahead

Budget your time in advance in order to be more productive. At the beginning of your day, plan out your main priorities and decide how much time will allocate to each task. Even if your estimates are off, this can help you maintain accountability and track your productivity.

8. Be positive

Happy people are more productive. Working from home you have to be your own cheerleader. So grab those proverbial rooter poms and look for ways to stay positive and motivated. Do things you love, and keep in mind the reasons you decided to work at home in the first place.

 

Whether you exercise regularly, indulge in two-hour lunches, or simply recite your favorite things about your job each morning, find ways to stay positive and motivated every day.

9. Stay connected

When you work from home you tend to be more isolated from other people. Unlike traditional office settings, you don’t have co-workers to socialize with throughout your day. While this aspect may actually appeal to you, it is still important to stay connected with other people.

 

Go on lunch dates with friends, former co-workers, or even clients. Join a club or get involved in a community league or group. Whatever your interests or time constraints, look for ways to stay connected with others, even though you work from home.

10. Take advantage of a mobile office

Technology today allows greater flexibility to the work-at-homers. If you have a laptop or mobile device, take advantage of your wireless condition and take your office elsewhere. Work in a booth at your favorite café or set up shop under an umbrella in the sun.

You will get a refreshing change of pace, and won’t be stuck with cabin fever. Just be careful not to get distracted people-watching or by the temptation to sun bathe.

About the Author: Georgiah Cook has a passion for finance and accounting. This passion has driven her to become a prolific writer on subjects like personal growth and business. She loves helping others succeed in business and is always ready to grab her rooter poms and support them through her writing.

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