New to Remote Working? Here Are 5 Tips to Avoid Procrastination
So you’ve set up your home office, decluttered your workspace, and entered the right frame of mind to start working.
And still, you find it hard to get started.
It’s understandable. Working in a home office can be challenging, even for veteran remote workers. This is why we’ve compiled this list of tips and tricks to help you get the ball rolling.
Make Sure You Start on The Right Foot
Getting in the zone can be a lot easier if you have a morning commute. Not so easy when you’re working from home, but you can still recreate the feeling with a few simple tricks:
Get dressed for the job: working in your pyjamas or sportswear can trick your brain into being too relaxed. You don’t have to wear a suit, but getting showered and dressed is a good start.
Go for a quick walk around the house: get out of the office, reopen the door, and pretend you just arrived at your workplace for a new day!
Tidy up the day before: your workspace represents your head space; if it’s untidy from the previous day’s work, it could be harder to get started.
Clear Your Head Before You Begin
If your mind wants to wander, it could actually be useful. Let it happen for a minute or two, but make sure you jot down ideas, tasks and goals somewhere. A whiteboard is a great place to jot down thoughts, so that you won’t have to get back to them automatically every two minutes.
Similarly, you could focus on clearing your head through tried and tested mediation techniques - or for the tech-savvy out there, using a dedicated app.
Setup Your Devices to Work Mode Only
Not everyone can afford to have a separate work phone and computer, but you can still do a lot to make it feel like you’re using work equipment. For instance:
Set up a new user account on your PC
Change the wallpaper
Remove all personal software (unless you work at Netflix, there’s no reason to have it one click away from your documents)
Turn off the WiFi: if you can work offline, you’ll be sparing from the biggest distraction of all, which is the Internet.