Virtual Offices: Staying Productive at Home
People who use virtual offices to decrease their overhead expenses know that there are tons of advantages to working from home. There can also be some real barriers to productivity that arise from working at home. Here are some strategies to make the most of your virtual office workday:
Make it a Workspace
Working from home effectively means that you are treating your home as an office during your working hours. People who use virtual offices effectively are able create productive spaces for themselves. If possible, set aside a dedicated space in your home that allows you to separate your work and home life. This may mean getting a desk, using the dinner table as an office hours work site, or any other setup that allows you to avoid using your lounging areas as a place to work.
Keep Your Routine
One of the biggest pitfalls of working from virtual offices is that people don’t often know how to be as productive at home as they are at work. One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to get up at a normal time and get dressed as if you were going to work. Staying in the clothes you slept in is a great way to subconsciously tell yourself that your home is for lounging and relaxing, rather than working.
If you don’t specifically close yourself off from it, social media can really eat into your productivity. An unexpected Facebook notification can turn into a wasted half-hour of browsing before you realize it. Turn off notifications for any time-wasting apps, social media accounts, etc. that may distract you during your work hours.
Virtual offices allow us to use our homes as a workspace. You may have to make it clear to others that you are working during that time, just as you would at an office. Don’t allow friends or family members to interpret your ability to work from home as a sign that you are always available. Having people drop by during your work hours can wreak havoc on your ability to get things accomplished.
We hope these tips can help those who use virtual offices and anyone who works from home to be more productive during their workdays.