There are simple tips in managing yourself when working at home. While there are people who can work at home easily and actually relish and even be very productive while at the comforts of their houses, there are also those that need MORE concentration and effort. Sadly, I’m one of the latter. Thankfully, I don’t work at home anymore.
But for those who ARE working at home and have trouble concentrating like I once did, let’s look into some tips for that.
You might want to start your day with a to-do list. Write down a list of the things that you need to get done on that day. Then work your way into finishing them all up. This helps you keep track and stay focused on what you have to do. And make sure to make the list as physical as possible. Trust me, there’s no other satisfying feeling than crossing out an activity from that list and then throwing that paper away once you’re done with everything.
Set in a timer. Calculate the amount of time you are going to need to get the things done. Sometimes there are going to be some days that the pile of work would just pile up on top of each other and make it impossible to finish it all in 8 hours. If you set some kind of timer, at least it will be manageable. You would be able to know how much time you need to spend on one particular work. And once you’ve got the hang of the work, you’ll be faster and the amount of time spent on the next few activities will be shorter.
Give yourself some rewards. Just small ones so you don’t get a big head about rewarding yourself you might get too enthusiastic about it and end up not working at all and just focusing on the reward. For example, after you are done with one task, go to the kitchen and get a snack, or maybe get a cup of tea. It doesn’t have to be anything big. A pro tip, based on my own experience, NEVER reward yourself by laying down and relaxing. You’ll find yourself unwilling to get back up and work again if you do. For one thing, DON’T reward yourself by being on your phone. That’s a bad idea.
DON’T work while on lunch or dinner. I know it can be tempting to work while eating a cup of noodles or something just to finish early, but that’s going to stress you out even more. Take an actual break and don’t work during that hour. Relax and spend that hour either eating or being on your phone. I would advise taking a short nap but knowing my own experience, just don’t.