Due to COVID, most of the world has had to transition to working from home. The transition can be easy for some but, for others, it can be difficult and stressful. It’s easy to find a comfortable spot to work but the real challenge is trying to stay productive. We know a lot about this because our team has been fully remote since the beginnings of Pregiotek.
So here are 10 tips to help make your time working at home more productive!
1. Set a Schedule
… and share it with everyone in your home! Interruptions are productivity killers. If you’re working in a full house it’s important to let everyone know when you’re busy and when you’re free. Unfortunately, not everyone will automatically respect the fact that while you’re working from home, you’re still working. A schedule will keep you on track and stop others from interrupting you.
2. Split your workday into chunks
Generally, we can only focus on any task for about 90 to 120 minutes and after that, we need a 15 to 20-minute break to recharge. For some of us, focusing while working from home can be a challenge.
Split your day into 90-minute windows. Instead of thinking of your workday as 10 hours, split your day into four or five 90-minute windows. Four or five tasks will get done a lot more efficiently.
3. Schedule Breaks
Your daily schedule may be full of tasks, calls, meetings, deadlines, but it should also include scheduled breaks. Give yourself time for lunch and small breaks throughout the day. Don’t let the day get away from you. Plan how you will recharge, whether it’s with a meal, a snack, or a quick walk.
4. Turn off Notifications
Turning off the alerts on your computer and phone will greatly improve your ability to focus. Don’t let your devices interrupt you from getting your work done. Chances are you haven’t missed much, but once you’ve finished your work, you can jump back on your devices!
5. Embrace a Routine
Working from home can be fun at first but without enforced structure, you might struggle getting things done on time. Unless you create your own structure while working from home, you’ll throw away much of your day bouncing from task to task. Spend some time creating a system that will work for you. See that effort as an investment in productivity that will pay off for years to come.
6. Select a Space Based on your Needs
If you’re lucky enough to have a home office, that’s great! But for those who don’t, we understand your struggle. Find the best place in your home or apartment to work and make that space your new office. Add things that will help you through the day!
Keep your space clean. Keep yourself focused on work without thinking about doing chores. If there’s “stuff” around that reminds you of your household chores, your eyes will go there and you’ll get distracted. Claim a clutter-free zone!
8. Create a Nighttime Routine
The way you start your day in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. So prepare for your day the night before.
Make a list and prime yourself for the next day. Begin with the most important task to set the tone for the rest of your day. The less you have to do in the morning to prepare for the day the better!
9. Log Off!
One of the most important aspects of a healthy work-from-home routine is creating boundaries. Log off when your workday is done. Develop a phrase for yourself to signal the end of the day, to signal to your mind that it’s time to stop thinking about work.
Before the end of your day, jot down any last-minute ideas you might have. Just because you have access to work anytime doesn’t mean you should be logged in all the time. Give yourself some downtime.
10. Get Out
While working from home can be great, sometimes you need to take a step outside. Freshen up and take a walk to the local coffee shop to enjoy a change of scenery!
Above all, be creative, and don’t let your confined circumstances slow your productivity or hurt your mental health. Your best ally is to find the opportunity during an uncontrollable situation.