5 Ways To Stay On Track Working From Home And Living In a Small Apartment.

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Whether you’re working for yourself or work for a company, working from home can be a challenge. The line between private and work can overlap when it’s so easy to switch from one to the other.

Where some have their own office space, others are working from their couch or dinner table and don’t have a designated office area. Living in a small apartment can add challenges to the work-at-home mindset.

Here’s some ways to stay on track and not lose sight of your goals.

1. Have an Office Setting

Working at home can create easy distractions. It’s simple to walk away from your desk and do something else that’s not productive and work-related.

Having no designated desk or office area, it can help to set a standard space to work from. Do you always eat at one side of the dinner table? Try working from the other side of the table.

A single change of view can be a big difference.

You will associate that spot with working and being productive, which causes less distractions.

Check out: Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

2. Set a Routine – Make a Schedule

Write down your goals and make a to-do list. Having a list in front of you with what has to be done motivates and helps beating procrastination.

When you don’t make a list, it can be easy to forget your tasks and look for other meaningless side-tasks that are more fun to do.

Try to create a routine in your work and personal life. Have a set morning and evening schedule to start the day right and end the day winding down before sleep.

“Take care of yourself.”

Routines help you bring your mind in the right setting.

Check out: Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

3. Treat Home as Work

Although you are in the comfort of your home, treat your work during the day as a 9-5. Have a set space, and stick to your schedule and to-do list.

Don’t get yourself distracted by personal and household tasks. Write them down to get them out of your mind, and continue working. Those tasks can be done after worktime.

“Separate work from personal life”

Keep a distinction between personal and work life. Even when you work from home. When they get mixed up too much, it will affect productivity or you might end up overworking yourself.

Stick therefore to set work times. It’s easy to tell yourself to finish that little task before you stop, which ends up in you still working at 10 pm. Your work ethic may be good, but in the end it will catch up on you.

Check out: Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

4. Clean Space, Clear Mind

Dishes piling up in the sink, pieces of dirty clothing strewn around, books laying everywhere. Working in a messy space truly affects your productivity and concentration.

Make sure to clean your space the night before. Tidy up the house and make sure any clutter isn’t distracting you from your work. A clean space is truly a clear mind.

Check out: Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day by Becky Rapinchuk

5. Get Dressed

Your alarm goes off early in the morning. Dragging yourself to your laptop, you sit down in your pyjamas and start working. At the end of the day, you’re still in them.

Getting dressed is a mental motivation to kick it. Wake up and put on a nice outfit. You won’t only feel better, but it will also show in your work.

Your brain will associate your pyjamas or sweatpants with sleeping and down-time. Instead of activating your brain to work and concentrate, it will trigger your brain to relax.

“Want to be a boss? Then dress like a boss.”

Besides that, you will take yourself a lot more serious when dressed up. You want to be a boss? Then dress like a boss.

Check out: GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Here you have 5 ways that help you make the most of working from home. Whether it be a temporary situation or your everyday life, these will help you stay on track.

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