How to be productive when working from home
In the wake of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) office workers in many countries are being advised to work from home. For some, working from home is something completely new. While sitting in your PJs tapping away on your laptop may sound easy, working from home comes with many challenges. With a sink full of dishes a couple of meters away, or a full wash basket around the corner, it’s easy to get distracted and take breaks to potter around the house. It’s also easy to get into bad habits, working from your bed or your couch. Ultimately, staying focused on work when you are at home isn’t as easy as you think.
Here are some tips on how to be productive when working from home
Create a routine
Routine is important whether you’re working from home or at the office. Having a routine helps keep you focused, organized and productive. Most importantly, having a routine makes you feel like you are in control, and when we are in control we feel at ease mentally and physically.
Designate an office space
Avoid working from your couch or your bed. Instead, find a designated space for ‘work time’. It could be your dining room table, or, even better, a home office. Having a designated workspace helps you separate work and personal time and tasks, allowing you to focus for work and fully relax in the same space when work is over.
Lists help keep us productive and accountable. It’s easy to get distracted at home. Keep a list of tasks you need to complete that day and hold yourself accountable for ticking off everything on that list. Use tools like Asana to help you manage your tasks and projects.
Declutter and keep organized
A clean and organized space helps keep you focused. An untidy home or office can be a distraction and tempt you to stop work and tidy. Keeping your workspace neat will keep your focus on work – not cleaning.
If you work in an office, your company has most likely set you up with an ergo chair and desk. Keeping your posture correct helps improve focus and prevents physical back and neck issues. You may not have the same desk and chair at home but you can still make sure you are set up correctly. Keep your laptop at eye line-height and your chair high enough that your elbows land comfortably on the desk with your arms at a 90-degree angle. You may need to get creative and stack some old books to place your laptop on!
Open the windows and turn on the lights
Fresh air is good for everything! If you’ve been stuck at home for a few days you might be feeling stale. Open the windows to let some fresh air in and make sure all your lights are on – working in the dark can strain your eyes.
Even if you are feeling super focused and super productive it is still important to take breaks every couple of hours. But try not to get caught up in the housework! Give yourself 10 to 15-minute breaks to get a quick cup of tea or coffee or have a walk around the block.
You might be tempted to work odd hours causing your work-time to leak into family time. Work your regular hours and shut down at closing time. Working for long periods of time causes burn out which affects focus. Rest and relaxation restore our brainpower and ability to focus.
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