The world has changed irreversibly. No one wants to keep remote working permanently but no one wants to completely return to the way things worked before. Now with hybrid working becoming the new norm, you may have to spend just as much time at home then in the workplace. While this sounds like a dream to some people, not everyone finds it so easy to work from home. Everyone as their own work style, some aspects of working in an office will work for some people and not others. That's just the way it is. For those of you who don't find the idea of home working so appealing or just can't seem get the hang of it - here are a few things you can do to boost your productivity while working from home. While by themselves they don't seem like they would make the biggest difference, but when put into action you may find yourself having a more productive and fulfilling workday.
Create an "office" where you can work and make sure to keep it clean
While working from home everything can feel a bit informal, like you don't really need uphold such high standards in your work so it's important to create a single place where you will do all your work. That way went you sit down you can get straight into that mindset and get on with the day. With that in mind, you should always keep this space clean and tidy, you would leave your actual workplace a disaster for everyone to see. So, make it a habit to keep it all nice and tidy, it will help you feel a bit more professional.
Don't Work in Your PJs, At the Very Least
Before it would have been a little different, to work from home in your pyjamas seems like a great luxury. Spending the week only having to slip on a nice top on when in a call - a dream come true for a lot 9 to 5 workers. Unfortunately, this is not ideal when trying to maintain productivity. Not to say that you need to treat every day like you going out to a black-tie event but you need to get dressed. Wearing your pyjamas while working can lead to laziness and demotivation, which is not really something you want is it?
Prioritise Your More Important Tasks and Make A Schedule
It's good to know what's on the agenda for the day and there's no point jumping in headfirst not knowing where to start. It might be worth taking a little time to sort through and see which tasks need to be dealt with immediately and what can be left for a bit later. Put all the tasks you need to do for the day together and pick out two to three that are going to be your priority. Another way you can organise your tasks is to separate them into manageable batches that you can complete one at a time. Doing this meaning that you will get your work done more efficiently and come to natural breaks in what you are doing - you can have a small 5-minute stretch before returning to your temporary desk.
Try Not to Multitask
It may seem like a good idea at the time, switching periodically between several tasks or eating while you work, but it's not. Continuously shifting between several tasks will lower your productivity. It may feel like your ploughing through piles of work all at once, it's not the case. You spend the time you could be finishing off a task focusing on how to get started on another. So, unless there is something you really need to complete in that cannot wait, it might be an idea to crush that habit while you can.
Take A Break About Every 75 - 90 Minutes
Working for hours and hours on end is sure to burn you out, so it's good to take regular and scheduled breaks. It will help your productivity as you won't be forcing yourself to always be sat in the same place for ages, straining your eyes. Not only that, but it helps give your brain some time to consolidate information and retain it far better.
Remember To Be Active
Don't worry, you don't have to get into gym wear and go for an hour long run - just get up and move for a minute or two. Working from home drastically limits how much you need to move in a day. You'll sit down for work, have a few breaks for food and drink, and then when you're done for the day head for the couch. Not only will it affect your physical health, but it may affect you mental health too. So when you take your breaks remember to get up and move for a little bit - it makes a difference.
Use The Right Tools
The company you work for may already have platforms and software that they want you to use, but if not, there are great tools you can use to keep everything organised and improve your efficiency. These are just some of the options available and all of them have different functions or work in different way. Whether you need to organise notes or a place to write paragraphs of text, you may want to try out a few and see which work best for you.
Trello, Evernote, Office 365, Airtable, Google Suite, etc.
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