November 28, 2022
Working from home could shake up your routine and your productivity would not be on a high level. Making a transition from your office or structured work environment is always challenging. Your workdays are now intertwined with personal business.
Our team gathered 5 working tips on how to be productive while working from home, keep reading!
Employers and employees alike worry about that decrease in productivity when shifting to a remote work environment. But, why is it that remote work affects productivity? And, what can you do about it?
So, how does remote work affect productivity? There are three key factors that directly affect how you complete your work and the amount of work you do. These are:
Boosting your productivity and efficiency when working remotely comes down to separating home from work and creating structure and effective systems. Your goal is to maintain focus, motivation and create strong habits.
Use technology to your advantage and create a virtual calendar. A virtual calendar, like Google Calendar, allows you to share your schedule with others and have your tasks at hand on multiple devices. The virtual element also lets you schedule recurring tasks, so you only have to input them once a time saver.
Being able to share your calendar with others is a game-changer; you will save yourself unnecessary emails asking for your availability. Also you can set blocks of time dedicated to your top priority tasks and plan the rest of your schedule around those. Create a good mix of complex tasks and easy tasks.
Planning your schedule a few days ahead will help you better prepare and stay on track. Having that visual reminder will make sure you set aside enough time to meet your deadlines. You’ll be more efficient than ever.
You can also try our guide "Mastering Time Management" that will help you to learn tricks how to manage your time better at home and at work.
Setting priorities is essential for maintaining productivity and focus on what truly matters. Here are five rules to help you effectively prioritize and stay productive:
By following these rules and regularly reviewing and adjusting your priorities, you can optimize your productivity, make significant progress towards your goals, and maintain a healthier work-life balance.
As tempting as it is to stay in your pajamas and work from bed, try to recreate an office feeling as much as you can. Recreating this environment will get you in the right “work mindset”.
Have a dedicated corner or room just for work - keep it peaceful and free of distractions. This corner or room is no longer a rest area; it is a place where work (and only work) gets done. Dress up as if you were going to the office or at least change your pajamas for day clothes. It’s like putting your game face on.
As little as they might seem, these things will help you separate work from home and increase your focus.
If you don't know how to create your workspace, we created a step-by-step guide called Creating your ideal workspace, check it out!
Focus results in productivity, simple as that. Start by identifying what the distractors that might make you lose focus are. It could be your cellphone, social media, clutter in your work area, distracting sounds, etc.
Once you’re aware of them, it will be easier to eliminate them. You’ll be surprised by how much more productive you can be by just “forgetting” your phone in a different room.
You can also invest in little things that help you stay focused; for some, that might be a coffee-shop-sounds playlist to play in the background.
Another one of the biggest culprits that make you lose track is multi-tasking. You might want to multitask to get more done; on the contrary, you’ll find yourself wasting time without finishing either of the tasks. Focus on one thing at once.
It is easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of work you have. When the boundaries of home and work blend, it is easy to reach a state of burnout.
Burnout is a physical or mental collapse due to overwork and stress. This has a direct effect on your efficiency, motivation, and overall wellbeing. Avoid burnout by taking intentional and frequent breaks to re-energize. Simply put, we need energy to give energy.
Breaks can be as simple as five minutes to stretch and close your eyes, or longer giving yourself enough time to go for a walk. A good break activity is one that is easy to exit from to return to work. So if you know you get caught in the mindless scrolling of social media, try to avoid that for your break.
When you start working remotely, you might feel as though your days bleed into each other. You sleep in, work until the late hours of the night, and it all feels like one continuous loop making you feel tired, stressed, and unmotivated. Setting a work routine will bring back structure into your life.
Create a work routine that works with your lifestyle and be consistent with it. Start work at the same time every day, schedule your breaks, lunchtime, and most importantly, set a disconnect time.
Routines create strong habits that will keep you from procrastinating. Additionally, it will be easier to separate work from home and will make planning your days a breeze.
Humans are social creatures, and one of the things most people miss about office space is face-to-face interaction. It keeps us motivated and accountable.
Create an accountability group with coworkers, colleagues, or friends from your industry, and virtually meet once a week to go over your goals, struggles, and plans. The face-to-face interaction will keep you motivated, and having someone else hold you accountable will make sure you stay on track throughout your week.
When motivation fails you, knowing that you’ll have to meet your accountability group will give you the push you need.
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