7 Tips to Stay Productive While Working at Home
Staying productive has never been so great a challenge to many employees these days. Read on to find out how to bring your ‘A’ game at home.
It’s a challenge to many employees who have remote work arrangements to stay productive. It can be hard to juggle the daily demands of family, chores, and work. There are too many distractions, and it can get easy to get burnout and have reduced productivity. But fret not, here are seven tips to keep you going and bring your ‘A’ game even while at home.
1. Stay on Schedule
Working on nothing but free time can be tempting. But establishing a clear schedule can prove helpful not only to work-at-home employees, but also to their families. Find out which schedule works best for “family time” and which one works best for, well, work.
Remember, when setting a schedule, balance is key. And once your schedule has been jotted down, stick to it. It helps you establish a routine, which makes the transitions in between your responsibilities smooth and easy.
2. Have a designated workspace
Having a specific space for your home office helps you focus on work. It helps you personalize your desk to boost your productivity and get rid of the distractions at home. And studies support this.
Add plants that require less maintenance to “green up” your office. This can reduce stress too. And avoid working in your bedroom— you don’t want to associate work with sleep and vice versa, as this can destroy the work-life balance that work-at-home employees struggle to achieve.
3. Wake up early
While this may be a luxury to some, it’s important to wake up early to get a faster accumulation of adenosine and help you sleep faster at night. Waking up early has also been observed to contribute to better mood, immune system, and basic brain functions.
4. Take breaks, go outside
It’s easy to get tempted to be immersed into work and other family duties just to get things done asap. But taking breaks and going outside (if permitted) can help you in the long haul.
Short breaks have been observed to help increase mental clarity and overall productivity to many employees— even those working at home. Going outside, enjoying a walk, or even appreciating nature can also give you benefits, physically and mentally.
5. Keep your gadget use in check
Distractions can take many forms but gadgets perhaps belong to the top of the list. It’s easy to form a habit of checking your phone to see who’s liking your post on social media or browsing videos to keep you entertained. But these can delay you from getting work done.
Keep your gadget use in check. If possible, remove all social media platforms from your work computer and log out of all your social media accounts. Putting your phone in the bedroom can also help while you’re at work.
6. Listen to music
Have a playlist dedicated for work. This helps you associate the playlist with work which not only helps improve your productivity, but also keeps you happy and entertained. But remember to only add music that helps you get in the groove and not those distracting ones.
7. Use tools built for collaboration
Communication is essential in work— especially when everybody is working at home. Tools like CRMs are built for collaboration. They help bridge distances and keep everyone, wherever they are, on the same page. They also reduce the need for employees to switch between platforms to get tasks done.
CRMs are also often built with features that automate manual, repetitive tasks which can bore employees and affect their productivity.
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