8 Tips To Work From Home Productively
So things changed for us all at the start of the year. Zoom became a household name. Your child may now have more Microsoft Team calls than you do and our virtual world has become, well, a lot more virtual. If you've found yourself one of the many people who are now busily setting up a home office for the foreseeable future, read on to see our top tips on keeping your working day productive. And don't forget to check out The Hut for those days when you really need to have a more private working environment. Flexible remote working in a private office, available to rent for the day or week.
1. Create a Work Schedule
Work-life balance can only be achieved when you understand when to work and when to play. Ensure you work during your regular time rather than working randomly. If your regular time is not an option at the minute, then set up a new "working hours" schedule. The key is to stick to those hours you have set for it to start to become your new routine. Most people who have a plan tend to perform their work more efficiently than those who jump in and out. And don't forget your time plan to include some much needed playtime too!
2. Have a Morning Routine
After creating your schedule, now work on your morning routine (or pre-work routine if your hours will differ from a normal day). Have a routine that incorporates your morning run, your cup of coffee, add in a ten minute meditation, goal setting or any other activity that awakens your body and brain before starting work. The daily routine that you form will train your mind and body to learn when and how to work from home efficiently.
3. Set Family Arrangements During Working Hours
When living with other people, you need to set specific rules on how to work from home peacefully without interruptions. If you live in a house share or as a couple, set up your own space for your computer and work area. If you can, try for it to be a different area to where you eat and sleep. If you are a family with children, set some boundaries with them as to when they can come to your work station and set times as to when you will stop work and play with them. Any arrangements you can set will lead to a healthy work-life balance.
4. Have Breaks
Whether you are self-employed or employed, breaks are essential for higher productivity. If you're struggling to give yourself an allotted time for breaks, try out a time-tracker or productivity app to keep you regimented to some time away from your computer. A favourite is the Pomodoro Technique. Breaking down your day into twenty-five minute blocks of working on your tasks followed by a five minute break. After four of these blocks you then take a longer fifteen to twenty minute break. Try it...guaranteed you'll feel more productive for it!
5. Get Out of the House Regularly
Whether you are working full-time or part-time, it is essential to leave home at least once a day. Going out of the house enables you to enjoy the fresh air and natural light. Weed the garden, ride a bike or take a walk around the neighbourhood. Leaving the house is ideal as it refreshes your mind, developing your ideas.
6. Be Positive
Stay positive, no matter what obstacles are thrown at you during these different times. Being positive retains your focus so will always maximise your productivity during a long-term situation. Staying positive will create a feeling of optimism and get you thinking in a more constructive way. Incorporate daily meditation to anchor in positivity. Recount at the end of each day your blessings and gratitude. In time, your brain will start to see the positives more than the negatives in our daily lives. And follow the words of Albert Einstein: “Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” We'll go with that!
7. Use Your Privileges
Whilst your home may not be your ideal office, there are many advantages to working from home. If the weather is good, work outside. Not feeling too good, work in your PJs. Lets also think about your commute that you may have gotten used to over the years. Whether just a half hour commute or a lengthy two-hour commute, use this new free time to learn a fresh skill, up your exercise or take up any other activity you always wished you could do should you not be travelling so much.
8. Have an Evening Routine
As you begin your day with a morning routine, develop a habit that defines the end of the day too. Shut your computer down and take the dog for a walk, have a shower, exercise or practise yoga, watch some tv - find something customary. Whatever it is, make it routine to mark the end of your working day.
Follow these tips and you are likely to deliver exceptional results.
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