During these uncertain times, so much has changed for us all. One of these major changes is the need for a large majority of us to now work from home. For some, working from home was completely alien, having never done it before. Finding yourself confined to your home with poor workspace setup, kids needing homeschooling, and other members of the family also trying to find space for those important conference calls can be a challenge to say the least!
So, we’ve put together a few top tips on how to stay productive whilst adapting to this new normal.
The first and probably most important part of implementing some sort of routine and normalcy is ensuring you plan your day.
Following a ‘normal’ daily routine will help you stay on the ball. It can also be a great time to make some small positive changes in our lives. Waking up at a similar time each day can get your body clock back in-sync and also put some structure on the day. You could also try waking up 10 minutes earlier and fitting in a quick workout before you go about your day! Scheduling in other activities can also reduce the feelings of monotony. Book in some time for lunch or an afternoon walk. Make sure to schedule in a workout or some time to watch a movie. Tying to mirror your regular working day can also help to differentiate the weekdays from the weekend; something we think is an absolute must! Also, make an effort to get dressed. It can be tempting to work away in your pj’s but trust us, this is not the best way to go!
Try and do as many of the things you normally would if you were to go to work, as this will ease the transition.
It can be difficult trying to find a comfortable spot in your home to work especially when you’ve other family members who are in the same boat. Choose a setting that feels good for you – somewhere with natural light and a deskspace you can comfortably work on. Avoid being near at TV (if possible) as it can be an added distraction. Some flowers and plants around you are great in aiding creative flow.
We work best when we adhere to our natural rhythms, which dictate periods of intense activity followed by periods of rest. Essentially, in order to keep up productivity throughout the entire day, it’s vital that you take frequent breaks while working, whether that’s to read, have a coffee break or to whip up some lunch. Regular breaks will renew your energy and focus to continue with tasks.
According to research, individuals are able to achieve an improvement in work performance by as much as 20-25% simply by setting goals for themselves. Short term targets, in particular, are effective in managing the speed in which tasks are being done and this, in turn, boosts motivation further.
What are your goals for the week? Keep track of your tasks by writing a daily to-do list or keeping a journal of what you would like to get done for the week.
Maintaining and enhancing productivity whilst working from home is not always easy, but if you set some structure in place that will help you work at your best and minimise the distractions, you’re on the right track!