Staying Productive During Work From Home
Staying productive while working from home can be challenging when suddenly your work and home are merged together and you don’t know where one ends and the other one begins. There will be distractions, you might find it hard to focus as easily as you would have in your office space. While there are challenges overflowing, here are a few tips to stay productive while working remotely from home.
1) Draw out a clear schedule: While working from home, it is important to have a clear schedule to not only finish all the tasks at hand but also accommodate the need of your family members that you are living with. People with kids might find it even more distracting as you constantly have to cater to their needs throughout the day. As such, it is important to set deadlines and make a clear schedule and make it clear to your family as well. Delegate home responsibilities among all the members so that each of you is clear about what needs to be done, and at what time. Set a clear time when you need to be by yourself, and communicate that to your family so that they respect those hours you need alone for efficiently completing your official works.
2) A dedicated workspace: It is important to have a designated area that you can call your workspace. There is a huge difference between working laying back on your bed and upright on a desk. With lots of comfy couches and beds around your home, it can be very enticing to just give up work and rest for a while, and your 20 min power nap can change into 2 hours. As such, setting up a good workplace will work wonders for your productivity. If you can have an entire room to yourself that is great, but even some soundproof earphones can help a lot. For some people, work from home can even bring a welcome change where instead of being stuck in one cubicle you can keep changing where you work from. Maybe your room, or your balcony or garden! So if that is your style, make use of wfh!
3) Time to work and time to play: While working from homework and relaxation kind of diffuses together, and you might go overboard with one of them. Some people find it very hard to unplug from work when there is not a set “office time”. So know when to draw the line. Don’t work your way throughout the night, remember to take a break. The opposite is also true. Not having a set time to reach the office makes it absolutely tempting to sleep in, take naps during the day, procrastinating until the very last hour. We are at home and have access to basically everything we’d rather do It is important to shut these temptations off and remember that your work time should be solely for work even if you are home!
4) Take it easy: It is important to stay productive and you might feel the need to be doing something all the time. But you also have to remember that we are in the middle of the pandemic, and it is important to take care of your physical, mental as well as emotional well-being at this time. So it is okay to take it slow sometimes and prioritize your wellbeing over your work. If you run a business, it can also be a very good idea to invest in the well-being of yourself and your employees, and give some time to counseling and emotional support as well!
With good organization and time management, you can get a lot done even while working from home. If done well, this can be like a best of both worlds, where you can develop your career from the comfort of your home. However, all it takes is a few bad days to pile up deadlines like never before! So while working from home, take care of your work, while also taking care of yourself and your family!