4 Tips for Keeping on Task If You Work From Home

Whether you’re traveling for business or for pleasure, you’re navigating a full or part-time remote position, or you’re a writer working on your big break or next best seller, how do you maintain enough discipline, motivation and focus to not completely forget about your priorities during your time away?

This is just one of the questions we’re focusing on this week on Episode 127 of the podcast as we explore exactly how we can work from literally anywhere, whether that means we’re operating out of a hotel room during a business conference, we’re on a whitespace vacation where we’re working to set some serious goals… and so on!

Keeping in tune with that idea, I wanted to specifically focus on some of the ways that we can keep on task when we’re working from home. Because here’s the thing: Remote positions are popping up everywhere, especially as the Internet world and the technology related to it continues to improve and expand…

And whether you’re working a part or full-time position from home right now for your day-to-day job, or you’re someone that is simply trying to do some focus work to fine-tune your personal goals and schedule to boot… having some tools (tips and tricks) in your back pocket that will help you stay on task whenever you’re spending focused time on whatever it is that you do will always be handy, right?

SO, without further ado, let’s take a look at 4 of my favorite ways to stay on task when working from home!

 

4 Ways to Stay on Task at Home

 

1. Map Out Your Day –

Just as it’s important to have a handle on your schedule when you work in and office – and, better yet, alongside a team – I find that it’s equally important to map out your day when you’re working remotely.

This is especially true if you’re someone who, although works primarily from home, often runs into situations where an outside meeting (say, at a café or restaurant to meet a client or your supervisor at lunch) crops up on the agenda from time to time.

While I personally prefer to plan each day as it comes because it helps me minimize some of the unexpected that might otherwise throw a wrench into my entire week, even if you’re someone who prefers to plan your work out weekly… having a map of your time spent working is essential!

In that light, be sure to map out your tasks and any meetings you have before you get started on your work day. If you have a deadline to meet before or even after a meeting happens, make sure that you’re in a spot where you can easily access the internet and charge your phone or laptop to ensure that you’re not setting yourself up for a curveball.

Trust me, being prepared ahead of time will save you #allthestress in the long run!

 

2. Make Sure You’re Dressing the Part –

As much as I can admit that the idea of working from bed or on the couch, dressed in your pajamas sounds incredibly alluring…

Here’s the thing: Would you honestly be able to focus and buckle down on your work tasks or personal projects if you didn’t get yourself up, out of bed, and dressed in the morning?

Okay, okay… maybe working in pajamas might be doable for some people, but I like to think that overall the best course of action is to truly dress the part each day that you’re sitting down to focus.

This not only helps to get you in the mindset that – okay, it’s time to buckle down and get things done, but it also will help you when it’s time to take off your personal hat and put on your focused, professional one.

 

3. Set Yourself Up for Success –

Remember Mary Poppins from your childhood and how prepared she was for just about anything because her magic bag held everything she could ever need, on any given day, at any given time?

In very much the same way, when it comes to working from home (or anywhere!) it’s important that you set yourself up for success right out the gate. What are the essential items that you need in order to do your job effectively at home or while you’re on-the-go?

If you’re running out for a meeting with your supervisor or a new or existing client, make sure that you have your work bag all packed and ready to go well before it’s time to leave the comfort of your home office – and double-check that you have all of the essentials in tow (think items like your phone and computer charger, laptop, planner… and so on)!

 

4. Create a Home Workspace –

Just like I want to encourage you to stray from working in your pajamas, I also want to encourage you to make sure that you maintain a separate workspace for your remote position.

If you have an extra room, a den, or somewhere quiet in your house that you can maintain as your work zone when you’re diving into tasks that require your focus… by all means, make that space your own by sprucing it up with things that inspire you to dive in when it’s time to buckle down, as well as things that are essential to your work (printer, desk, etc.).

Having a separate place devoted to your job ultimately sends the signal to your brain that it’s time to settle in for some focused work… And not only that, but it’s a great way to help keep your personal life separate from your work life, while limiting the potential that you’ll be distracted and thrown off task in the process!

If you’re someone who works from home or who is constantly on the go and often find yourself working out of hotel rooms or odd places, I want to know: What are some of the ways that have helped you to stay on task? Share your experiences in the comments below…

And to learn even more tips on how you can set yourself up for success to work anywhere (from home, a hotel, or otherwise!), head over to Episode 127 of Productivity Paradox to tune in!

 

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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton