With almost everywhere still on a standstill and everyone still stuck indoor, I thought I should share some of my secrets to stay productive when working at home. I have been a freelancer since 2015 and my kid is always with me at home. I always have managed to get my work done before the deadline while making sure I balance home life with work life equally.
To help you out, here are 10 sure-fire tips to assist you in working at home more productively:
1. Sort out your workspace
Before you can even start working at home, you need to have a place at home that will serve as your office. This place must be free from distractions and can help you focus. If you don’t have much space, set a desk in the room where you can put your computer and office items in one place.
I find it extremely helpful to have a study room (I know I’m lucky to have a spare room) so I can lock away work when I am spending quality time with my daughter. Or I can psych myself into work mode once I stepped into my study room.
2. Get the best gear to help you out
When you are working from home, you will be using your computer mostly to finish your tasks. As a result, you need a good computer that will help you with your tasks efficiently.
You should also invest in a good router that will help you connect to the internet faster and without technical difficulties.
For myself, I am an Apple person so I work on my Mac and iPhone to get my best work out.
3. Organize realistic work hours
Once you have your setup sorted out, you need to set up a clear work schedule that you must follow. Check what tasks you have to do everyday and see which hours is great for you to work.
To ensure that work won’t bleed into your daily life, set a set time when you will stop receiving or doing work.
I have read that many employees felt that they work more hours than their usual if they are in their offices. That is usually they do not respect their own boundaries. Set your boundaries, stick to it and switch off. If you don’t do that, you will find that your colleagues and bosses will text you and call you at all hours.
Goes the same for weekends. If you do not work on weekends pre-covid, you shouldn’t have to work on weekends now.
4. Learn which times you are most productive
Each person has different productivity periods daily, with some people preferring to work during the mornings while others prefer doing it at night.
Check which hour of the day you focus well and set your schedule around that time.
5. Organize your daily to-do-list
If you want to work efficiently at home, you need to have a clear idea about your work schedule. Start every work schedule by reading through your to-do-list for the day and see which ones are of higher priority.
You should also set time limits for each one of these activities and cross it down once you are done.
6. Don’t wear your pajama while working
Although work from home does allow you the freedom to do your work the way you see fit, you still have to follow some decorum.
You may need to appear before a video chat with your team and if they see you wearing your pajamas, they may think you are not taking it seriously.
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It is true that dressing smart and it will help you focus on your work better. While you don’t have to doll up with dresses and pearls, a clean tee or polo shirt with a pair of yoga pants counts too. As long as it is not something you slept in.
7. Exercise regularly
Exercise has always been considered a great habit we should all practice considering its benefits. It can help your body produce endorphins which helps you stay happy and focused.
Do simple stretches and see how it can improve your focus. Remember to do them regularly so your body will stay healthy in the long run.
Okay, this is something I like to do but hadn’t have time to do it. Plus running around chasing my little one is exercise enough, not to mention chores.
8. Refrain from checking your social media
Social media can be distracting, especially as you end up checking everyone in your feed and see what they are up to. If you are not careful, you will definitely find it hard to pull away from your social media account.
Read More: Social Media: Friend or Foe?
Some companies even have clauses that say you can’t use social media while at work.
9. Be mindful of your replies.
One setback of working at home is the lack of opportunities between teams to share ideas efficiently without disrespecting the other by accident.
When replying to others, make sure that you keep your replies positive and be clear with your message. It can be misleading when words do not portray your tone of voice and expressions.
10. Speak to your family and friends
If you are going to work from home, you need to make sure everyone at the house knows you will be working at home at a certain time. This will make sure that they will not disturb you as much as they could. Of course, once you are done with work, you should spend quality time with them.
Moving forward, past pandemic, working from home may now get the recognition from employers that it is workable with a little sacrifice and workaround. It may be the future of workplace as more people prefer to spend time with family or employers may want to cut cost from renting office space to house everyone. Whatever it is, working from home is here to stay at least for now until it is safe again to work together in close quarters!
Here are some tips to help you to stay productive during a lockdown:
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