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ARTICLE: 5 Essential Tips To Stay Productive When Working From Home.

With the current restrictions on daily life, many of us are now working from home. However, it can often prove difficult to avoid distractions and stay on track. To help you with this, we have put together a list of practical suggestions to keep you productive and make the most of the current circumstances.

1. Get Dressed

One of the biggest challenges people face when working from home is having the discipline to actually do the work.

Left to their own devices, people are likely to choose the path that requires the least effort. We are creatures of habit and when you are so used to being at ease in your own home, it can be difficult to get in the same mental zone you would be in the studio or office.

Getting properly dressed is the first step to achieving this. It may seem like a little thing, but by getting dressed first thing you are beginning your day by accomplish a task, and this sets the tone for the rest of the day. You are also sending a signal to your body and mind that its time to prepare for work.

2. Have a plan

If you know you are working from home tomorrow then take the time to plan out your day. It doesn't have to be complex, just outline the tasks that need to be completed and allocate the appropriate time to each.

By having a plan you are removing any barriers that will prevent you from getting your brain into work mode. It also makes you accountable to yourself, as at the end of the day you have a clear illustration of whether you did the things you said you would or not.

You can conclude each workday by writing out your plan for the following day. Cyclical habits such as this can be extremely effective at keeping you on track when there’s no-one there cracking the whip.

3. Eliminate Distractions

Don't spend time doing things that aren’t the things you need to do.

Sounds easy right?

This is perhaps the most simple tip but also the most difficult to implement. There are a ton of distractions around the house, and that before you even take into account the Internet.

Write down all the things that are likely to distract you, and then find a way of mitigating it. You can put your phone out of reach or in a different room if that's an issue for you. Or you could keep some snacks and drinks in your working area to stop you having to leave to go to the kitchen.

If you don't need the Internet to complete the work, use an app such as SelfControl or Freedom. These tools allow you to block Internet services, keeping you away from distracting websites, videos and other such things.

Basically, make use of anything that helps keep your mind focused on the tasks at hand.

4. Optimise your workspace

Setup your workspace in a way that works best for you. This is especially important for those who are new to working from home. You are going to be spending a lot of time in here, so create an environment that is comfortable and invites your best work. This is one of the big advantages of working at home, as you have complete control over the way things are laid out.

If you have already established your home recording setup, now could be a good opportunity to de-clutter and rearrange things. You’d be surprised at the positive effect this can have on your mindset.

5. Take Breaks

Break your workday down into segments and schedule breaks in between. This will reinforce the sense of structure and create mini deadlines to complete tasks by.

Spend your break time doing some light exercise or watering the plants. Take a nap or read a book. By regularly spending a short time away from your work, you will stay mentally fresh and ready for the next task.

We hope you found this article to be useful. Have fun working from home and stay safe. If you enjoyed this article please check out our ultimate guide to audio post- production:


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