Uh oh. Suddenly it’s 4 o’clock and you haven’t finished anything on your to-do list today! But how can you be expected to concentrate when working from home?
Many of us have adopted a work from home lifestyle because of the coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean that you have to lose any productivity. In fact, you can be even more productive!
How? Read these 5 tips to find out!
- Set Up a Physical Work Space
Having a space in your home dedicated to your work can help you separate work and home life even when they are happening under the same roof.
Although it’s tempting to work from your bed, this is an example of a “home” space and will make it hard to concentrate and be productive. Instead, try setting up a desk on your kitchen table, the laundry room, a guest bedroom, or any space you can get some peace and quiet.
If you are struggling to think of a place in your home that fits that description, consider investing in a TalkBox booth which is perfect for those that want no distractions while working.
- Take Small Breaks
Even with a busy schedule, it’s important to take small breaks throughout the day. It can increase your overall productivity and help you sustain your mental health. Try taking a 5 to 10 minute break every hour or 90 minutes.
During that break, move your body, stretch, or do something active to get the blood flowing.
- Establish a Routine
Back in the days of commuting to an office you probably had a very regular routine – wake up at this time, have breakfast, drive to work, etc. But now it’s very tempting to just roll out of bed and sign on to your computer.
If you are serious about maintaining productivity, commit to a routine. Set your alarm for the same time each morning, have a plan for breakfast and lunchtime, and have a firm time to sign off and enjoy your home life.
- Eliminate Distractions (As Much As Possible)
Sometimes our homes can be a hectic place. Dogs barking, kids playing, packages being delivered, all while you’re trying to focus. Try to eliminate the number of distractions during work hours by spending a little extra time on your home responsibilities before work.
Maybe you can take time to walk the dog, or set up an activity for your children. Do your best to plan for potential distractions that could pop up during the day and derail your schedule.
- Be Social
Outside of your work hours, make time for friends and family. Staying social via video calls or socially distant visits is important to stay mentally and emotionally well.
Taking time for your social life can also boost your productivity because you will be in a better mood and more willing and able to take on challenges.
Make Working From Home Work for You
Working from home does not have to change your level of productivity. As we adjust to a new lifestyle due to the pandemic, we also have to adjust to how we approach our workday.
Take advantage of these 5 strategies to improve your productivity and enjoy your work from home experience.
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