The global experiment: How to stay productive whilst working from home
Are you ready to ditch the daily commute, set your own workday schedule and not have to do your fair share of hot drink rounds? Working from home comes with an abundance of benefits!
In an attempt to contain the coronavirus, businesses across the globe have closed their doors and instructed their staff to continue working from home.
This ‘global experience’ gives you the freedom to explore what type of working schedule enhances your productivity.
To all fellow remote workers, the internet is full of tips and tricks on how to best work from home, to help you cut through the noise, I have sourced the best selection of home-working hacks to help you stay productive and self-motivated!
- Stay connected
It’s easy to become isolated and alone in your work whilst you are out of the office environment. To maintain a connection to the office, make calls rather than sending emails and keep in contact with your department members via video conferencing.
Communication needs to be over-emphasised when working remotely to maintain productivity and sustain a healthy workforce by supporting team morale.
- Take regular breaks
It’s necessary to have a set routine whilst working from home, you should take regular screen breaks, get up from your desk and move around just as you would in an office. In fact, regular home workers recommend the Pomodoro Technique - a method of time management which breaks your working day into 25-minute periods, each period is followed by a five-minute break. This time management framework can improve your focus and help you finish each day with a sense of accomplishment.
- Set up a home office space
It’s important that you dedicate a specific room or surface in your home to work. Rather than working from a room that is associated with leisure such as, your bedroom or couch, for both long-term productivity and mental wellbeing, it’s imperative that you implement strict rules on when you can use either of these spaces. Set a schedule allowing you to split your time between relaxing and working. When eating lunch move away from your ‘work zone’, however once your lunch period is over you should motivate yourself to go back into the room designated for work.
- Remove distractions
Keeping to a structured workday at home can be difficult whilst surrounded by distractions. One of the most common distractions is noise. If the children are home or your partner is off work, noise-cancelling headphones are a must! Set a schedule to let your family know what your working hours will be, also set a regimented time to take your lunch, this will help ensure that you can focus without being disturbed.
- Keep your work routines
As much as possible, try to keep a sense of normality by sticking with your set routines that works for you already. Not only does this apply to your work schedule but also your daily routines after and before work. Whether you do exercise on a particular day or eat dinner at the same time every evening, maintaining your work – life balance will help you stay motivated and productive throughout the day.
We’ve given you a few tips, now figure out what works for you! It’s great to experiment and develop a pattern that you’ll be able to sustain over time. It’s also totally normal if your routine changes. It’s simple, just have fun with it!
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