This year has marked an era of deep change in our lifestyle, forcing us to reinvent the way we do things. Being working from home, one of the biggest challenges to overcome.
As a freelancer myself, I know from experience that working from home can get tricky. With so many interruptions during the day or not having a dedicated space to work at, you can easily get distracted and unable to get things done.
In this post I’d like to share with you what works for me in order to stay focused and creative, even when my family is around!
Here are 14 practical tips to create an environment to work at home for maximum focus and creativity.
How to Create an Environment to Work at Home For Maximum Focus
14 Easy Tips
Take some (or all) of these suggestions and make your day more productive and pleasant. After all, you’re at home and that’s a gift!
1. Tackle your family’s needs
Prepare your kids’ activities and meals in advance to keep them entertained and nourished while you work.
Also, kindly ask them to stay calm and get busy with the activities you organized for them. You’ll be surprised of how understanding they can be regardless of their age!
2. Designate a calm place to work
Choose a well illuminated and ventilated place where you can comfortably work and keep an eye on your children.
3. Clean your space
Take 5-10 minutes to clean and organize your work space. Discard items you don’t need or use anymore and don’t stop to examine them for too long. Do this quickly!
4. Decorate with things that inspire you
If you have a place at home where you can permanently work, decorate it with inspiring objects like plants, photos and souvenirs. Do this only once, of course.
Remember that being able to personalize your space is one of the perks of working from home!
5. Ventilate your space
If possible, open the window (s) for a few minutes to let in some fresh air.
6. Anticipate possible interruptions and disconnect
Attend phone calls, answer emails, turn off the notifications on your phone and pause your social media apps.
7. Stay hydrated
Get yourself a bottle of water, coffee or tea to stay hydrated.
8. Play calm sounds
Give your ears something pleasant to listen while you work, like nature sound effects, instrumental or classical music.
9. Dress comfortably
Wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Avoid staying in your pajamas all day long.
10. Stretch your hands
Close your hands and hold for 10 seconds. Then open them and stretch your fingers the most you can. Hold them like that for 10 seconds. Repeat this step 3 times.
This will help you get focused.
11. Get comfortable
Take a deep breath, choose a comfortable chair to sit on and start working!
12. Check your posture
Remember to check your posture regularly.
13. Take breaks
Every 20 minutes, take a break to move, do sit-ups, or socialize with your temporary colleagues (a.k.a. your kids or spouse :)).
I like for instance, to play video games with my daugther. We get to laugh and bond with each other. After doing this, I come back to work happier and more focused.
Taking breaks helps you improve your productivity and overall mood.
14. Be kind and patient
Like you, your family is away from her regular daily schedule. So take deep breaths and smile every time she comes around (or to “float around you” like we say at home) to tell you something.
I know it’s easier said than done, but remember that you’re all in the same boat. You can get through this!
You’re Getting Stronger
It goes without saying that these times are throwing at us unexpected challenges. But at the end of it, we’re learning invaluable lessons every day.
I hope these tips help you be productive and have a pleasant time working from home!
Let me know in the comment area below what tip you will follow or share what works for you!
P.S. Want to go deeper into learning how to effectively work from home?
Read 10 success habits I’ve learned from entrepreneurs to build their businesses.
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