Although working remotely has become a great way of saving time and maximising productivity, the truth be said, staying productive while working remotely can be challenging. There are a lot of conscious measures that you must put in place in order to be productive when working from home.
Working from home isn’t a new concept. People in all kinds of career fields have been working remotely for years. Now with the imposed lock-down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost everyone has been forced to work from home. I’m guessing that for many people starting to work remotely for the first time, you must have discovered already that this isn’t as easy as ABC as you thought.
Remote work is a win-win for both employers and employees. Employers spend less on operational costs and employees are saved from the stress of commuting to and from work hence providing a healthier lifestyle. One major challenge employees face is how to stay productive while working from home.
Ways to Work Effectively from Home
Here are 6 proven tips to be productive while working remotely:
- Create a Dedicated Work Space
If you really want to be productive while working from home, you’ll need to carve out a work space in your home. It is easy to fall into the temptation of placing your work tools such as your laptop and notepad on your bed. That is a recipe for disaster. Try to find yourself a dedicated and comfortable spot to work. A desk and comfortable chair will help you be more efficient. You will be able to concentrate better on your tasks and assignments. Having inconsistent places to work can lead to inconsistent work patterns, leaving you stressed and making you not enjoy the full benefits of working from home.
- Stick to a Schedule
Figure out a routine and plan out your schedule if there is no dedicated timetable from your company for you to start working. If you have a particular schedule you use at work, you can use the same at home. It will help you get work done faster. Or you can plan your days out each morning. One way to work from home productively is to dive into your to-do list as soon as you wake up. Simply getting a project started first thing in the morning can be the key to making progress on it gradually throughout the day or the morning sluggishness will wear away your motivation. Make to-do lists for yourself of all the work tasks you need or want to accomplish that day. Then figure out how to ration out your day to complete them. This will keep you from veering off task, even when distractions present themselves.
- Avoid Distractions
Now that you are working remotely, it is very easy to get distracted. Come to think of it, there are no meetings to force you to adhere to certain schedules and if you are a social media or game freak, you don’t have to worry about being under the watchful eye of your manager for the most part. If you truly want to get the work done effectively while at home, you’ll need to avoid anything that could pose as a distraction even if it means staying off your phone or avoiding apps that could eat into your productivity time. This is where self discipline comes into play.
- Give Yourself Breaks
It is easy to get carried away by work deadlines and priorities and completely forget to go on breaks. Schedule breaks to get up for lunch, have some power nap, exercise, and go out to suck in the fresh air. This will help clear your head and keep you motivated. Staying stuck in front of a screen all day, especially if you’re tackling a difficult task, is detrimental to your productivity.
- Communicate with Colleagues and Supervisors
Stay in touch with your supervisors and team mates. Update on progress more than usual. You can send daily work reports to your supervisor so they can keep track of your work progress.
- Don’t Overwork Yourself
Once your allotted work hours are over, and once you’ve made headway on your to-do list, stop working. When you are working from home, you will never run out of things to do. Continuing working will eventually leave you feeling burnt out and less productive as the days roll into weeks and probably into months. We don’t know for sure how long this lockdown will last. Once you’re done for the day, leave your work space, shut your computer, and step away from the job.
Not everyone will prefer working from home. Some enjoy interacting with other co-workers while working as it helps boost their productivity level. If you are struggling with working remotely during this Coronavirus outbreak, these mentioned tips should help you get the work done even as you are out of the office.
Please feel free to share more tips on working effectively at home or the challenges you are experiencing while working remotely home.
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