How to Stay Productive While Working From Home
Many of us are now working from home where possible due to the coronavirus pandemic, but do you get as much done at home as you do in the office? Learn how you can stay productive wherever you are.
Have a set space for work
Treat your day as if you were in the office, just because you’re at home doesn’t mean productivity needs to drop.
A good way to ensure you stay focused is to have to have a set place where you can concentrate on your tasks at hand.
This means avoiding areas where you might find yourself getting distracted, such as in bed or on the couch in front of the TV!
Try to create an office-esque ambiance to put your brain into ‘work mode’.
You might do this by sitting upright in a deckchair (or regular chair if that’s not an option) at a table with your computer or laptop in front of you, perhaps with some some light background music which has been shown to aid concentration and creativity.
Ready your self for the day
Set yourself up so you can have the best day that you can.
Writing achievable tasks on a to-do list is a great way to stay accountable to yourself and accomplish the things you want to complete for that day.
Goal setting is important, and while long-term goals are great, they’re easy to lose sight of.
However, when long-term goals are reinforced by daily goals and milestones, they push you closer to your accomplishment.
Daily goals allow us to act on the micro while focusing on the macro.
Set your schedule and stick to it, and be sure to include breaks.
The Pomorodo Technique is a good method to stay focused and productive while giving yourself enough of a break to continue with a task throughout the day.
Avoid total isolation and get out of the house
Avoid sending yourself crazy with cabin fever by getting out of the house.
Going for a casual stroll outside, getting some exercise with a run or by heading to the gym is a great way to reduce anxiety and refocus your mind.
At present due to the coronavirus outbreak people aren’t able to work around large public gatherings, such as coffee shops.
After everything goes back to normal, and if you still find yourself working from home, you can take your work to a cafe with WiFi.
If you’re used to working around people the background noise and chatter can help.
It may also reduce the distractions you face at home.
Save your harder tasks for when you’re most productive
Plan your day for when you’re at your best, so maybe leave the bigger meetings to the afternoon after you’ve had the chance to wake up and have your coffee.
Some people are night owls, others are early birds - play to your strengths.
When working from home you may not be required to be on call between regular working hours, unless you’re in a customer-facing role.
If that’s not the case, get your work done in the hours you find most productive.
Nighttime working can actually be therapeutic for some people.
Less background noise and overall distractions that take you away from what you need to get done.