In this article, we will look at the impact working from home can have and the ways in which you can boost productivity.
Being able to work from home is great. You avoid that long commute, you can have more flexibility in your schedule, and you can even wear your favourite comfy clothes!
However, for those of us that are new to working from home, it can be difficult to know how to stay productive with all the distractions of the home environment.
So, here are 5 helpful tips to help you adjust to working from home, and also boost your productivity
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Make a to-do list
You may already do this for your daily at-home tasks, so there’s no reason why this cant be extended to your work tasks.
Creating a list will allow you to see what needs to be done and this means that you’ll be able to categorise your tasks.
You can do this in whatever way suits you: long tasks vs short tasks, urgent vs non-urgent and so on. Once you have this list, your ability to prioritise will become much easier.
Set yourself targets to boost productivity
Now that you have a list of “to-dos” you can divide your tasks into smaller targets. This allows you to view each task as more of a bitesize manageable activity rather than an overwhelmingly comprehensive project.
For example, rather than saying “Have a one-to-one meeting with all members of my team this morning” which could be unrealistic (especially if you manage a lot of people), instead you can send them all an email saying at some point in the next week you’d like to have a quick Microsoft Teams or Zoom chat.
The job is still getting done, but is a bit more gradual, and on a much less pressured timescale.
Optimise your workspace
Declutter that office space if you want to free your mind.
Rubbish, piles of papers or scattered stationary won’t help you, and could end up being a major distraction to your work focus.
Throw away the things you don’t need, file the papers you plan to keep, and use some neat storage solutions to keep your office clutter free. Without these external distractions, you’ll find that you can focus on your work a lot more successfully.
Check out our post on how to optimise your workspace for more hints and tips.
Use a time tracking app
If you’ve never used time tracking software before, it is a great way of boosting productivity. The software lets you allocate times for specific tasks, gives you the opportunity to see when you are the most productive, and helps you keep to your schedule.
See our article “Top 5 Time Tracking Apps” for the best options out there, and more reasons how the apps can help you.
Taking a break will actually boost productivity
When there is no physical difference between your work and your home environment, it is important to give yourself enough time for a break. Whether this is having a cup of tea in the garden, an afternoon jog, a 20-minute yoga session, or simply just taking some time away from your screen, breaks are vital in maximising your productivity.
So, those are our top tips – give them a try and see how much more productive you can be!
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