The health pandemic has changed everyday life in multiple ways. For many people, it means working from home. This is quite a big change and it takes some time to adjust to this new work setting. Here are some tips to increase productivity.
Find Your Work Spot
Ideally, you have a study room in your house which could be used just for work. But try to find a place with few distractions. It should have enough electrical outlets for your devices. A spot near the window would be nice so that you get natural sunlight.
It’d be good to keep basic office supplies like pens, papers, and envelopes handy as well. You never know when you’ll need to mail a form or write down notes from a meeting.
Having no supervisor looking over your shoulder is nice. It gives you a lot more freedom of what to do and when to do it. But you need to keep yourself accountable. If it’s a workday, it means the focus is on work tasks.
Most people will benefit from following a set schedule. Having set “work hours” at home will increase productivity and stabilize your day. Try to avoid checking email after a certain time. If you work late, start late the next day so you don’t burn out.
For some, following the structure of the office helps. They take the morning shower and even go through the trouble of putting on work clothes. This helps them “feel” productive.
Errands should come later in the day. Do your best to start the day with work. Don’t try to go grocery shopping in the morning and leave work for the afternoon. You never know when a work task will take a lot longer than anticipated. Get your work done early before a friend or family member needs a favor.
Make sure your social circle knows that you’re working. If your father calls you while you’re in the middle of a task, you need to tell him to call back later.
Quality Office Chair
A good office chair pays for itself. It’ll help you keep a good posture and avoid painful problems in the future. They often don’t cost that much and you might be able to be reimbursed by your employer.
Try to get exercise daily. Although going to the gym is nice, a short walk outside qualifies as well.
Standing desks are becoming more popular. People often find them more comfortable and the effects on your posture are quite positive.
Social media is a huge drain on productivity. Countless hours are lost by people constantly checking for updates.
Social media, when used wisely, is not bad. But do your best to limit its use during work hours. The constant multitasking between work and checking your phone will greatly hurt your productivity.
Think about using social media only during downtime. For example, a great time would be when you’re on hold on a call.
Plan Your Day
At the beginning of your workday, create a list of tasks you want to complete. Prioritize them and create a plan. With a solid framework of what you want to accomplish, you can maximize your effectiveness.
Working at home can be a challenge. There are many ways you can improve productivity.