Recently many people have transitioned to working remotely or working from home. For some, the changes we’ve had to make have been a lot to deal with. However, by making a few adjustments, you will find that you can be very productive at home and reap many rewards.
Here are some key steps that you can take to stay productive while working from home.
Designate Your Work Space
It is super tempting to work from the couch or even your bed. However, both signal to your brain that it is time to relax. Clutter is distracting. Be sure to design your workspace for productivity. keep your workplace comfortable but clean and tidy. It should have a desk or table and a comfortable chair.
If you’re living with other people at home, having a door to your home office is essential. It signals boundaries. A door that is closed indicates that you are busy and shouldn’t be disturbed.
Other factors that will help your workspace and productivity include:
- A Window
- Ample Lighting
- Soft Music
- A Candle
Plan Your Workday
Plan out the next day every night. Determine which of your tasks are most important, and schedule them for the beginning of your day. This is the best way to get them completed. If your industry services clients, you will want to stay on top of calls and virtual meetings. It is so crucial that you do not abandon your clients or any team members. Save less urgent tasks for later in the afternoon. This is usually the time that your energy starts to wane.
Maintain A Schedule
Every day should be treated as if you’re going into the office. Continue to set your daily alarm and follow your regular work schedule. Get up, make your coffee, take a shower, get dressed, and eat breakfast.
You should do whatever is included in your usual morning routine. By doing this, your mind will be focused on getting your job done.
When you worked outside of the home, you took lunch breaks and usually took five to ten-minute breathers in between. The traditional office offers more socialization and movement. At home, it is easier to confine yourself and remain at your desk. Be sure to get up, walk around, make a snack, or take your dog on a quick walk. Never eat lunch in front of your computer. Taking your lunch break and short breaks during your workday will prevent you from experiencing burnout.
Limit Any Distractions
Although it is necessary to take breaks, too many distractions can wreck productivity. When working outside of the home, you are far less likely to browse unrelated websites or scroll your phone.
However, while working from home, social media can kill your attempts to be productive. Place your phone on “Do Not Disturb” mode, and make sure that only certain people can reach you. You can also set app limits.
When working from home, other distractions like laundry, deep cleaning, or playing with your pets can also keep you from being productive. Resist the urge to do any of those things until you are off work. It is imperative to keep a regular work schedule just as you did when working outside of your home.
If this situation is new to you, it may feel somewhat awkward. However, if you are willing to adjust your thinking and enter the right mindset, you can do exceptionally well. You will find that you can be productive and enjoy many benefits that didn’t exist at the office.