The spread of COVID-19 has made working from home the new reality for many employees around the world. Either by choice or force, day by day more companies are asking their employees to work remotely.
Working from home might be the dream of many people who would like to change the commute time for extra morning sleep and time with the family. However, even though working remotely has multiple benefits; staying in the comfort of your home is one of them. It also has its downside as it can be harder to stay focused and do the actual job.
Here are 4 tips that will help you to stay productive while working from home.
1. Find a Good Spot
While grabbing the computer and jumping back to bed may sound tempting, it might not be the best idea. Try to find a comfortable spot at home that you can associate with your job and that you can “leave behind” once work is over. Finding such a spot will help you to avoid distractions making it easier to stay on tasks. It is also beneficial for your mental health as you will get a clearer sense of when is working time and when it is time to be out of work.
2. Make a Plan
Working from home requires as much planning as working in an office. The biggest difference is that when you are working from home you are only one accountable for it. A well-structured schedule will help you to efficiently manage your time in order to complete your tasks. When making your plan don’t forget to schedule breaks and resting time. It is also very important to communicate this plan with your boss and/or coworkers who might be affected by it.
3. Discover the Power of Lists
Having a to-do list is an amazing tool when you are looking to stay motivated, organized, and productive. In a to-do list, it is important to include the big and time-consuming tasks as well as the small and much simpler ones. Checking off the small tasks will let you know that you are making progress, giving you positive reinforcement.
The greatest drawback of working from home is having to deal with the sense of isolation and loneliness. Such feelings might increase anxiety and depression while decreasing productivity. Find yourself a “Buddy” who is experiencing the same situation. It could be a coworker or a friend you can hit up when you feel like talking to someone.
We hope these four tips help you stay productive while working from home. Remember the most important thing is to stay healthy both physically and mentally.