5 Quick Tips to Stay Productive When Working From Home
Working from home isn’t a new concept, but Covid-19 certainly made this the ‘norm’ for a long period of time – to the point now where some workers are still at home, or doing part time hours at home. Either way, it can be difficult to remain productive when working from home.
Those of us who can work in the digital landscape have far more flexibility working from home, but the temptation of running errands or being interrupted by friends or family can be a frequent occurrence – not to mention an unproductive one.
So, we’ve come up with 5 quick tips to help you stay productive when working from home. Read on to find out more!
1. Leave Home
This one might sound counter productive, but it is extremely important that you move your body and get regular fresh air.
When you’re not in the office, there is no need to walk across the room to a colleague’s desk, or to take a meeting downstairs at the local coffee shop.
Instead, we need to schedule time to take a break so that when we return, we are far more productive than what we would have been if we remained seated in our chairs the entire time.
2. Keep the Lines of Communication Open
Just because you might be working alone, it’s important to keep those communication lines open so that colleagues know exactly what is going on – and vice versa. Plus, it couldn’t be easier when there is access to email, video calling, online chats and mobile phones.
3. Seperate Work from Home
Wherever you choose to setup your work space, ensure that it is as separate as possible to your home space. Separating these physical spaces will also help you to separate these spaces mentally – which means that you won’t be constantly distracted by dirty dishes.
4. Create a Routine
Creating a ‘work from home’ routine will go a long way to helping you stay productive.
Just as you would at a physical workplace, schedule those morning meetings, take a quick coffee break and work to deadlines!
5. Log Off
Sometimes it can be all too easy to check an email or make a phone call, but at the end of the day, it’s important to simply ‘switch off’.
Save that email for tomorrow. Schedule the telephone call for the end of the week as planned – it will help you to enjoy your down time and be more productive when you login the next day.
We hope you’ve found these tips helpful, but if you have any of your own that you would like to share, let us know!