How To Be Productive While Working From Home
Working from home all the time used to sound like a terrific idea, until the coronavirus pandemic made us realize how challenging it can actually be. While the virus was rapidly spreading through out the world, businesses and governments alike decided it was best if we just work from home. Part of the effort to flatten the curve, which is and should be our number one priority at the time. However, the challenges of working from home far exceed its advantages. From the numerous distractions to just not feeling motivated enough to work, working from home can be a daunting experience. We know what that feels like, so we made a list of 5 things that will help you (and us) be productive from home.
- Waking up early:
No doubt one of the biggest challenges of working from home. You don’t have to go to work in the morning and there’s not really any reason for you to go to sleep early. Having a thousand different distractions at home doesn’t help either. But trust us, the first step to having a productive day at home is waking up early. If you’re waking up early, you’re more likely to get your work done and still have time to relax and unwind during the day. Plus, you’ll go to sleep earlier giving you all the more reason to wake up early the next morning.
- Planning your day:
Planning your day ahead of time is always a good idea, especially if you’re working from home. It’s easy to think that since we’re just working from home, we don’t really need to plan anything. But the number of distractions at home is astounding. We never thought it was possible to be distracted this much by anything. That’s why we started planning our days in advance. And it helps. Putting things down on paper will not only help you remember all the little things you had to do but it will also give you a sense of purpose during your days at home.
- Having a designated workspace:
You’d think it shouldn’t be that hard to work around people at home because you’re always around people at the office too. After many attempts, we found it to be extremely difficult. Your family just doesn’t want to let you work, especially when they’re home all the time. Hence the need for your own designated workspace- a place in your home where you do all your office work, free from distractions and intrusions. Even if you live alone, it’s hard to work in your living room or your bedroom where you have a plethora of distractions to ensure you never finish your work on time. So, find your designated workspace, where you feel comfortable enough to work but not comfortable enough to get completely distracted from your work.
- Maintaining good communication with your teammates:
For anyone who has been working from home, it’s extremely important to stay connected with your workplace and colleagues. The work at home situation might make you feel like everything is on hold and you don’t really have to do much till the pandemic is over. However, if your workplace is still operating, it’s in your best interests to maintain good communication with your teammates for a number of reasons. To begin with, you’ll always stay informed of what’s going on with regards to your office. The uncertainty regarding the pandemic is one reason we should always remain informed of what’s going on around us, especially when it comes to work. Secondly, staying in touch with your peers and colleagues is a great way to boost motivation. It will make you feel more involved in your workplace and will give your peers the impression that you’re still taking your work seriously. And at a time where social distancing is the new norm, it’s important to stay connected to people you know and care about.
- Finding time to relax:
This is quite a stressful time for everyone. It’s not how we want to be spending our days, but it is what we need to do right now. Keeping your spirits up during such a time can be difficult, which brings us to our last point- finding time to relax during the day. We cannot stress the importance of this point enough; it’s literally how we keep ourselves sane and keep writing these blogs. Work is important, but so is your mental health. After you’ve woken up early and finished all your work in the quiet, distraction-free designated workspace you’ve chosen for yourself, it’s time for you to relax for the rest of the day. We recommend getting rid of any work material to help you take your mind off work. You could choose between thousands of things to help you relax depending on what you like, from hanging out with your family, to walking your dog, cooking, reading, drawing, or even video games. It is so important for us to unwind and recharge, and not just because of work. Living in constant fear of what’s happening outside and the uncertainty that comes with it can take a toll on your mind. So, find something that you like, and keep yourself busy when you’re not working.
We hope our list helps you be your most productive self at home! Stay inside and stay safe!