Are you one of the many employees who are now allowed by their bosses to work from home? Yes? Well, congratulations! This might come as a relief during the first weeks but a burden when it has gone longer and you cannot motivate yourself to be productive any more.
Create a distraction-free office – It will definitely be harder for your whole being to focus on work when you’re at home. It’s because your mind and body knows that is the place where you rest and play. Also, it is a place filled with distractions – TV, pets, neighbors, kids, etc. Therefore, it is a must for a you to dedicate a quiet area in your house as your official home office.
Be physically ready to work – Brush your teeth and take a shower after exercising or running in the morning. Don’t go straight to your computer to work once you wake up. Chances are you will be sleepy while working.
Follow a schedule – Believe it or not, adults are comforted by routines just like kids. You’re most likely to accomplish a lot of tasks if you have a definite schedule to follow day in and day out. This also disciplines you to stay working on a task until you’re completely done. You can have a break every two or three hours of working straight. Make sure that your breaks are not longer than your work time.
Post a to do list – A to do list will help you see clearly if you have been productive through out the day or not. Before going to bed at night, list down all the things you need accomplished the next day. Use time blocks or limits in achieving each task so that you don’t have to waste time thinking how you can finish everything all through out the day.
Communicate with your boss and co-workers proactively – Contact your boss and co-workers often. Don’t wait for them to call you especially when you need to update them about a project or task. This will help you get things on the right track. This will also make you feel still part of team – of a real company for that matter.
There are a lot of ways that you can have fun with your kids. There are a lot of things you can do inside and outside the house. You can go on camping or fishing trips, or go to the amusement park, but these are not activities that you can do on a regular basis. It’s best to always have a few indoor fun ideas at back of your mind for those stay at home rainy day emergencies.
Cooking is one activity you can do with your kids at home. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Don’t try to prepare a four course meal with them as this might prove to be too difficult. Opt for something that’s easy to prepare and make sure that it’s something they’ll want to eat afterwards, like pancakes, fruit and Jell-O salads, or perhaps sandwiches. You can ask your kids to crack the eggs or help you mix the batter in preparing pancakes, or let them suggest filling combinations for your sandwiches.
Not all productive things to do at home involve the Internet. Here are some offline activities that you can do to beat boredom and be productive at home.
Read a book the classic old school way. Actually, you can go online and download an e-book, but personally, nothing beats the smell and feel of a paperback in your hands. Of course, if you have an e-book reader or an iPad, it’s probably best that you put it to use. If you’re really not into long term reading, you can opt for those back issues of magazines and find something interesting to read.
If you’re an arts and crafts kind of gal, go and indulge! Finish that cross stitch you started last month,or perhaps you could repair and sew decorative buttons and fake gems on those torn jackets. You’re feeling a little better, why don’t you declutter? I’m sure your closet and cupboards are full of stuff you don’t really need. It might be a good time to throw them out, give them away, or have a yard sale.
You may not realize it, but there are so many things to do by yourself at home. Be creative and think of other thinks you can do!
Staying home while sick can be a total bummer, but if you think about it, there are actually a lot of enjoyable, constructive, or productive things to do at home. No reason to get bored really, especially if you can still get up and move about. You don’t need to feel depressed just because everyone else is in school or at work. Think of it as a chance for more ‘me time,’ think of it as a vacation.
Blogging at home? Yes, you can do it! 🙂
Surfing the web is one of those things that I automatically think of doing, whether or not I’m sick or whether or not I’m home, actually. Checking your email and your social media accounts, reading interesting articles, visiting interesting sites, online gaming, multimedia streaming, and yes, online shopping, are just a few of the things you can do on the Internet. Other than Facebook and Twitter, there are actually more creative and unique venues for you to interact, such as Pinterest, and even Tumblr. These are things you can do even when you’re sick. All you need is a laptop and a stable Internet connection, and already you can do these things while in a reclined position, even in bed.