Tips for Staying Productive at Home When Bad Winter Weather Strikes

working remoteWhen we were kids, we loved snow days. Instead of fractions and grammar, we got fun and games. As adults, the snow occasionally gives us a reprieve from driving into the office. However, we’re still needed to work from home. Here’s how to stay productive while working remote and sheltering from a storm:

Keep your schedule

When it’s cold outside, it’s tempting to burrow into the covers and sleep until noon. However, when you’re working from home for the day, it’s best to maintain office hours. Your internal clockwork is already set to be productive during this time, so you will be primed to work.

Get your game face on

Nothing significant was ever accomplished in one’s pajamas. Even if you won’t be seeing anyone else throughout the day, make sure to dress neatly. The sharp dress will sharpen your focus.

Prepare your place

Make sure you have a quiet, uncluttered place where you can sit upright and work. Prepare the area with tissues, pens, a pad and anything else that you keep at your work desk. Remember if you were at work, you wouldn’t be able to fiddle with the heat every 15 minutes. Set the temperature once and arm yourself with layers.

Specify your breaks                                                                                                                                                                       

You might be confident in your ability to check contracts while catching up on “The Good Wife,” but if you constantly divide your attention, things are likely to slip through the cracks. Set aside specific breaks and concentrate on your work for the rest of the time. Not only will you get more done, you’ll relax better as well.

It’s important to stay safe when bad weather strikes, but you shouldn’t let that affect your work. Do you have any tips to stay productive when working from home? Let us know in the comments!