With COVID 19 keeping us all at home many of us are struggling to keep working productively. follow tips to get back yourself on track. Working from home is a big adjustment.
Here is how to do it successfully. Before the onset of COVID 19, a lot of people dreamt of working remotely. No commuting to the office or office politics. Working the hours that suit you. taking breaks when you like, or working from any location. You are in control of what you do. Ideal, right?
Not necessarily now most of us are working from home, we are finding the dream doesn’t necessarily match the reality. Working remotely is much harder than we thought. It’s easier to blur the lines between the home and office without the structure of a normal workday. While working remotely can be rewarding you need to get it right to be productive.
It isn’t complicated but you need to make plans and adjustments to get working productively.
So how do you make the most of working remotely? Read and we will give you some ideas to set yo success
Create a schedule to maintain regular hours :
Create a schedule that works for you. It makes sense to work a schedule so that you maintain clear working hours. Setting clear guidelines for how many hours a day you work helps to maintain a work-life balance.
There are times when you may work longer hours to get a project finished or to talk to a team member in a different time zone. When you do make sure you start later the next day or quit earlier so that you don’t burn out.
Try to ensure your schedule works for you how you work best… you may be a morning person and start at 7 am Or if you do your work best at night try to schedule it accordingly. Or mix it up.
Work a few hours in the morning with a break during the day before you start working again after dinner. Work when you are most productive if your company allows for it.
Have a routine before you start work
It all well and good to say you will start work at a certain time. Having a routine before you start work to guide you into the chair. What’s in your routine defines starting to work? It may be taking your dog for a walk or going to jog . or it may be dressing for a day or grabbing a coffee before you sit down at the computer.
Maybe you turn on the computer to check what’s the agenda of the day while waiting for the coffee maker. Whatever it is have a routine that leads you to start work and make sure that you stick by it.
Act like you are going to the office.
Acting like you are going to the office can make you more productive. Do everything you would do before commuting to work each morning. Set your alarm to get up have a shower. Get dressed in work clothes, have breakfast grab a coffee before starting work at home or office.
Set ground rules for others at home :
When there are other people at home or workspace it can be distracting. And with most of the lockdown at the moment odds are surrounded by people 24/7. This can disrupt the train of thoughts and focus on productivity drops.
Set ground rules so that there aren’t constant interruptions all day. This is why having a home office is valuable. If you have a private sanctum you are much likely to get disturbed than if you are working from a couch or kitchen table.
Set up a dedicated workspace
Speaking up of the home office you should try to set up a dedicated workspace to get the right frame of mind. While working at the kitchen table is easy you need to clear up your work for dinner.
Not everyone has space to set up a home office. Look for someplace where you can put a desk, dedicated work in an unused corner of the room. Consider a change of scenery. Try working from your back porch on nice days. Changing up your working location can give you a whole new boost of working and going ahead of productivity.
Plan breaks and take them :
Plan regular breaks throughout the day and take them. Try to take atleast half an hour lunch break and two 15 mins break one in the morning and one in the evening. Taking time out is good for productivity. You come back to work feeling refreshed after time away from the computer screen.
Taking a break is important and makes you focus well. You can plan out a schedule and work accordingly while taking breaks. Working continuously without breaks can have an impact on your health and productivity.
Take time out when sick :
Working from home doesn’t mean you have to keep working when sick. Take time out when sick. Work will become a tedious chore when ill. It is difficult to focus and the quality can suffer.
You are better of taking the time to let off your body to recover than pushing yourself to the point of burnout. Burning out means you will need even longer to recover .which means more time away from an important task. Make sure you take leave when sick rather than having adrenal fatigue which is difficult to be taken care of.
Avoid social media
Social media is distracting and steals your time when you are meant to be working. It is tempting to quickly check what’s going on. Avoid social media while working and turn it off during working hours.
and resist the urge to take a quick look except during the break.
To make it harder to connect remove all the shortcuts to the social media account.
Start and end your every working day with a plan to give your day some structure. And do not take off too much work if you cant complete it on time.
Take our advice to get the most out of the remote work. When something doesn’t work make adjustments when you need to.