Tips to Stay Productive while working from home19 March, 2019
In the fight against COVID-19, last week many companies around the globe have rolled out remote work.
Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced one, here’s what you need to do to stay productive while working from home.
Have a dedicated “work” space. It’s ideal if you can shut the door when you’re done working, but having a specific space makes it easier to *leave* it when work is done.
If you don’t have a desk, use your dining room table. Besides making you feel like you’re at an “office,” this helps you maintain good posture, avoid distractions, and leave your work behind at the end of the day.
Get ready for the day
Many people think of relishing working from home sitting in the living room in pajamas with the television on in the background.
Not true! Just like in an office setting, you have to set yourself up for success when working from home. Get ready as you would if you were going into the office.
“You gotta make it a priority to make your priorities a priority.”
Structure your day as you would in the office
When working from home, you’re your manager.
Without things like an in-person meeting schedule to break up your day, you can be quick to lose focus or burn out. Establish your start time, midday break periods and what time you’ll clock out for the day. This will keep you on track with your workload.
Avoid feeling Isolated
Loneliness, disconnect, and isolation is common problems in remote work life, especially for expressive people.
If you work in a team, make sure to check in regularly just like you would in the office.
Create to-do lists to keep yourself organized and focused, and share the status of your lists with your supervisor so they know you’re on top of your work.
Besides email and messaging programs like Slack, it’s a good idea to set up regular check-ins via phone or video conferencing like Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom.
Get some fresh Air
Since it’s been advised to limit contact with people who may be sick and many companies are suggesting employees to stay home and not to move out unnecessarily, then you’re likely going to spend a lot of time indoors.
Open your windows to let in as much natural daylight and fresh air as possible, and take short walks if you live in an unpopulated area — and be sure to wash your hands as soon as you return home.
“A breath of fresh air is a great thing to take, and even better thing to be”
Have breaks in your Schedule
We think — working from home, will result in more work done because there will be fewer distractions. Fitfully we end up over-committing and working too much, which also kills productivity.
The employees with the highest productivity ratings, for the most part, don’t even work 8 hour days. Their secret to retaining the highest level of productivity is not working longer, but working smarter with frequent breaks.
Stay healthy, Keep Working…..