It doesn’t matter if you are asked to work from home due to pandemics or you are already working full-time online, I do want to share with you some of the things I do to stay productive while I work from home and when I get distracted how do I manage that, so let’s get into it.
Have a daily routine
Okay, you’ve gotta have some kind of a morning routine that makes you feel like you’re getting your stuff together, not just rolling out of bed to get on your laptop. You have to make a routine that works for you in order to structure your day. If you don’t follow an organized work schedule, your social life will be lost too. Overall work-life balance is a very important factor when working from home. Your personal life is just as important as your professional life.
You should always make your working days and working hours a routine. It needs to be prepared so that you can follow it with ease. It’s easy to lose track of time and end up working 10 hours straight. However, doing this on a daily basis can be detrimental as overtime can be both physically and mentally stressful for you.
Take breaks at defined intervals, take a walk, play with your pet or maybe listen to music. It’s purely scientific, your prefrontal cortex (the thinking part of the brain) needs breaks to avoid decision fatigue and to maximize production capacity along with increased creativity.
You may also take short power naps or do meditation to be more mindful and efficient throughout the day.
- Add an appropriate break time to your planner.
- Set how long each break is allowed.
- When the clock strikes the time indicated, stop working immediately
You can set up a timer on your device so that you stay away from your computer during breaks.
We all want natural light and fresh outside air in the midst of a hectic working day. Additionally, your family members want you to take a break and not get moody or stressed out.
- Leave your workspace
- Put on some casual wear
- Go outside
It is as simple as it sounds.
Working 8 hours straight like a robot reduces productivity. You can devote all of your time to work, but if there are no breaks or pauses, you won’t get the best results.
Choose a designated place to work
What’s the best part about working from home? Most likely the comfort. It can be very tempting to work from your bed or sofa in the living room. When you do, distractions flow everywhere, you might fall asleep, eat when it isn’t time, or turn on the TV. The cost will be lost productivity and difficulty in achieving your goals.I am sure this is not what you need.
Therefore, having a separate room or corner all to yourself will do a great deal.
If the environment gives you a working atmosphere, your alertness and efficiency are certain to increase. To achieve that, all you have to do is
- choose a corner of your room with good natural light,
- if possible, furnish it with a comfortable chair to sit on for about 8 hours a day,
- put a desk next to it,
- put your necessities on the desk, such as diary, pens, a water bottle
A dedicated workstation enables you to keep yourself oriented to your work by providing an office-like environment.
Because in the end, concentration is the key to effective results.
Get Ready for Your Work Day
What is your favorite outfit when you work remotely?
Pajamas, right? Of course, it should be since you are in your comfort zone.
Dressing up is something people don’t worry about when working from home.
But that’s not how it should be. You need to prepare for your work as usual
Yes, you heard that right. Take off your nightwear.
Casual wear or pajamas are great and give you comfort and a sense of freedom, but wearing sweatpants may not help you stay productive if you wear them for 48 hours straight.
It may sound like simple advice, but it’s crucial.
You don’t have to dress as formal as you would for work, but just changing your clothes is a sign that it is time to wake up and get things done.
Getting dressed also applies to other appearance-based tasks: showering, brushing your hair, and even applying makeup if you normally do. You don’t have to bother going to the office if you don’t want to, but by waking up and taking care of your appearance you can go a long way towards making you feel like you are taking care of yourself.
CREATE A TO-DO-LIST
No matter where you work having a list of priorities is going to ensure that you stay focused on what you’ve gotta get done for the day.
Creating a to-do list is an efficient way to keep track of your progress. Then you can choose to complete the most important tasks at your exact productive hours.
As you make your list, think of long-term goals for completing a big project, as well as short-term goals, the tasks that lead to that big goal. As you complete one goal at a time, tick them off the list to indicate that you are making progress.
This will keep your focus intact, which will improve your knowledge and make the work seem doable. And you will be more driven to complete the rest of the tasks.
But if you also don’t have a list of priorities, it’s really easy to let all the things that happen, distractions at home and distractions at work on your computer, keep you from doing the things that you’ve actually got to get done.
This list of priorities is also very useful for the fact that when you sit down for work, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that you’re supposed to be working right now and not doing home-like things, and so knowing that your clock-in and your clock-out relies on the fact that you get things done, that list of priorities is going to push you through those moments. You’re going to get everything done.
Move your body
If you want to be at your best, you’ve gotta do something to move your body. It doesn’t matter if you’re just doing a 30-minute yoga session in a room of your house because you don’t have any other options, without having to leave the house. Do something to move your body, something that is going to keep your body, your mindset and everything right.
One way to improve your performance at work is to be proactive, and regular exercise can help you do this. The habit of exercising is beneficial for both your personal and professional life. Increased blood flow to the brain during exercise helps sharpen your mind and keeps you vigilant.
Just move around and stay active all day.
Exercise increases your endorphin levels, which increases your happiness, joy, and interest. All of these are important to get good results at work
Good posture is an additional necessity created by regular stretching.
Try to take time to rest and exercise, including 15 minutes. Exercise your muscles or take a walk, whichever seems feasible.
Start the day with an exercise in a quiet setting that will prepare you for the day’s challenges.
But making it a habit would bring you tremendous benefits that you would be grateful for in the future. I would start to see the difference it makes.
Working from home has many advantages but it is challenging and requires discipline. By changing old habits and implementing new ones, everyone can learn to focus and become more disciplined. The book Atomic Habits can greatly help you in this, and I wholeheartedly recommend this book which principles I am successfully following.