As the dynamics of the workforce continue to evolve, the rate at which people are working from home is on the rise. According to recent surveys, around 3.9 million U.S. employees work remotely for at least half of their schedule¹. The mid-Atlantic is home to about 50% of those who telecommute². Not everyone can work from the comfort of home, but employees who have the ability to do so sometimes struggle with productivity. When the lure of getting ahead on household chores and giving in to other distractions occurs, work suffers. Try these tactics to make the most of working from your apartment without getting distracted:
Set Up “Office” Space
It’s helpful to compartmentalize your work and home lives, even when your home is your office. Instead of using your kitchen table or a lap desk as your work area, use a real desk. A real desk will allow you to have a designated area to store work-related documents and supplies. No one wants to subconsciously associate the kitchen table with work when sitting down for dinner!
Install Productivity Browser Extensions
There are tons of free browser extensions available that help with organization and time management. The Clockify Time Tracker extension can help you track how much time you’re spending on certain projects. StayFocused will prevent you from using distracting websites for a time span that you set – it’s great for those who find themselves on social media throughout the day. Boomerang for Gmail allows you to schedule emails to be sent at a later time, snooze emails you can address later, and much more.
Change Out of PJs
Not having to get dressed for office work is probably one of the most enjoyed perks of working from home, but it can also hinder productivity. Comfy PJs can be too comfortable at times and put you in the mindset that working from home is “chill” time. To avoid the pitfall of wanting to curl up on the couch as opposed to working, put on business casual apparel such as jeans and a nice top. You might just find that changing out of PJs makes a world of difference.
Prepare Your Lunch The Night Before
While you may not have to pack a lunch box because your fridge is just steps away, it’s still a good idea to prepare your food the night before. Determining your snacks and meal for the next workday will help prevent mindless snacking, save money on takeout, and save time cooking during the workday. There are a lot of helpful tips for meal prepping online if you need some inspiration.
Create a Set Schedule
If you often fall behind on tasks while working remote, it can be beneficial to set up a time schedule for your day. For example, answer all emails by 10 am, complete task “X” before lunch, schedule video or telephone conferences between 1-3pm, and so on. Having a guideline for when tasks should be completed will give you structure, similar to if you were in an office.
The Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, and Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes in Silver Spring, MD are wonderful options for your next home and “office”. With a myriad of floor plan configurations available at each property, there is a layout to fit everyone work and life balance.
The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.