Working from home can be highly productive, but it can be challenging too. Without a proper workspace, schedule, and supervision of your boss or manager, it’s very easy to get distracted and be less productive. Many of us are spending a lot more time at home right now due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many are forced to work-from-home. The key to work-from-home success is to create an environment that allows you to focus on your work. Working from home can be a challenge in this era for some, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you are working from home for the first time or not, here are 10 tips for staying productive while working from home:
Define your work space:
Have a room dedicated to your work with your desk and chair. That way, when you enter it, you know why are you there? It changes the state of mind from “I’m at home” to “I’m at work”.
Come out of your pajamas. Have a healthy breakfast to start your day with, have a shower, and get dressed. Make a list of tasks or goals for the day and get started.
Whenever you work from home, get a clutter-free zone to work from. This will help you stay focused on your work. If there is stuff lying around you that reminds you of your household chores, you will get distracted very easily.
Give yourself breaks:
Don’t sit straight on your chair for 8 to 9 hours. For every hour you work, have a 15-30 minutes break. Relax your mind, have a cup of coffee or a healthy snack, then get back to work. This way you’ll improve the quality of your work and be more productive.
Set your schedule:
Even though you are working from home, you’ll need to plan out your daily schedule. Set your start time, break time, clock-in time, and what time you’ll clock-out. This will keep you on track while working from home. It will also send a message to your employer or co-workers that you have a relatively set schedule just like you’d in the office.
Dealing with kids:
It’s not just working from home but also kids staying and studying from home which is quite challenging. When you are with kids, stay with them, have quality time with them leaving behind your work. When you’re working ask kids to be patient. If you want to be productive make sure your kids don’t bug you after every 5 minutes.
Staying healthy and hydrated can do wonders for productivity. If you can’t go out for a walk or exercise at least go out for some fresh air in the morning or during your mid-day break. Even going out in the balcony or walk around the block can be helpful.
When you realize things are not going the way you planned. The unfortunate thing is that the more you freak yourself out, the more unproductive you become. Even if it’s your fault for not being productive, freaking out won’t make you productive. So stop freaking out, sit back n’ relax, and find an unwinding activity that makes you happy.
Keep track of your time:
Track your time by using any time tracking software. You enter what you’ve done when you’ve completed it. These trackers are very useful and simple to use. At the end of the day, week, you can see a summary. They also allow you to break out work time vs. me time in a simple manner.
Take a nap:
Much like taking a short break, but with a higher impact. Keep it short, and making sure you don’t get into a deep sleep. But remember, deep sleep is sometimes exactly what you need if you are too exhausted with being productive for quite some time.
Find ways to motivate yourself to work positively and productively. Highlight things that will likely distract you, and take steps to deal with them. Set up a workspace that’s comfortable and appropriate for your job, and do everything you can to limit distractions. Organize your day as clearly as you would at the office, including allowing yourself breaks.
Lastly, Be grateful for all the blessings you have!