Working from home is a reality for entrepreneurs, writers, tech specialists and of course REALTORS®. All of your work is around you and yet confined to just your desk. The rest of your creature comforts surround you; tv, family members, even pets, have a knack for distracting you from the task at hand. Currently my cat is trying to catch my fingers as they travel across the keys only making editing that much harder before this reaches our blog for your reading enjoyment. Let us not forget little kids and their joy for playing and how easy it is to say I'll get to work later after a quick game of hide and seek.
It can be difficult to draw a line between working efficiently and just working enough to get things done when there are so many other things we could be doing. Here are a few tips that our Modern Real Estate Team uses to stay on task with our personal and professional time lines and goals.
Time Management: Setting a shorter amount of time to stay focused can help productivity. When you force yourself to just keep going, your mind can start to wander. Setting 15 minute intervals where your mind can concentrate and then can have a little break for approximately 1 minute will help you create a rhythm as well as not over exceed brain capacity, making it easier to work longer days. As you create these interval concentration practices into your day you will notice focusing becomes easier.
Avoid multitasking: This can make a difference of a task completed without mistakes or a half done, slightly forgotten task. Once you start something, whatever it is, finish it - a phone call, paperwork, etc. Once you stop the flow it's hard to get it back. Recognizing the importance of finishing a task fully is a differentiator when it comes to productivity and thoroughness.
Make a list: Everyone says it, but how many of us make a list? A little piece of paper left behind on the counter when grocery shopping, or a post it that has lost its stick - let's be honest, our lists rarely follow us where we need them. A tool we have found super helpful has been a site called Flow. It is a great platform that can help organize the day and keep all of those tasks you need to do in the future under wraps. Ever have something you have to do next week, month, year and just hope that you'll remember ? Now you don't have to because Flow will!
Flow: Is a multi faceted platform that can help you with monitoring and managing work loads, keep open communication with fellow employees especially if not in the same office. You can plan on a monthly calendar, drop files in conversations and even up-vote the best ideas that other co-workers might have. Have a look for yourself if this is something that could help your daily organization and productivity.https://www.getflow.com/
Have a designated space: Kitchen table, your desk from university or a completely separate room; a designated work space is important if you are going to really get stuck into work while staying home.
Make it a space you enjoy going to and don't dread. There is nothing worse than sitting down to an uninspiring space and being there for 8 hours straight.
Use plants: Plants clean the air, create life and visual interest to your space. It can be therapeutic as well as a positive impact on your day. It's also pretty fun to watch your plants grow and produce flowers over time.
Stationary that inspires: Choose stationary that you like to use or stock up on your favourite pens. It is a little thing but makes your day that much more enjoyable.
Choose a chair that fits: Sitting all day? Its important to find the chair that fits just right. Are you a swivel, height adjustable kind of worker or do you like the old fashioned wooden chair that says put? Whatever your preference is, don't cheap out. Its like a good pair of shoes for a waitress or a great pair of sunglasses for fishermen. Your rump deserves the best when making deals and conquering your day!
Organization: Having everything in its place just like a traditional office space is a great way to keep your desk free of clutter and make filing a non issue. Maybe try going paperless, but even then office supplies multiply. Be inventive. There are so many organizational tricks these days that you can think outside of the filing cabinet and use baskets, planters, wooden crates, open shelving and of course desks with storage built in. Whatever feel you are going for there is bound to be a storage look for you.
These are just a few ways to keep at home work inspiring and productive. Have some trick of your own? Let us know we always love to hear from you and your amazing ideas!