How to be productive while working from home We’re all spending more time in our homes.
Some of us, myself included, had to bringthe office to our house and learn to share it with family members and even pets.
Adapting to working from home without anyprevious prep can be hard, especially when you lack the space and still haven’t grownused to your new habits.
I’m now readapting to the old routine Ifollowed when I worked from home last year and that previous experience is helping meget back on track easily.
So I decided to write down what I believeto be 10 essential things to take into account if you want to be productive and organisedwhen working from home.
Even more than in a regular office, I findthat a strict routine is essential when you’re working from home.
You don’t have colleagues to keep you accountablefor your hours, habits and posture during the day, and you don’t have to rely on publictransportation schedules or the traffic to know when you should leave the house in themorning.
The lack of physical boundaries also makesit especially hard to be able to switch between home and office mode and this is even worseif you don’t have an actual home office separated from your bedroom or living room.
There are 10 things you can take into accountthat will be applicable to people in most situations and will help shape your overallmindset and habits during this time.
Tweak your morning routine to accommodatethis new way of working.
Your lack of commute means more time to dothings.
Try to understand what will be beneficialto keep in the morning but consider shifting some of your old habits to turn into afternoonor evening habits.
You can now use this extra time to cook yourlunch in advance, clean your house, exercise or sleep an extra hour.
Your living area is now your working spaceas well, so if you’re behind your cleaning routine, now’s the time to make it perfect.
An untidy, unorganised environment generateshigh levels of stress, reduces productivity and overall shifts your focus to the messinstead of the work in front of you.
Make this a top priority during your firstfew days working at home.
Make sure to start, pause and finish workingat the same time, every day, and, if possible, using the same routine you would in regularoffice hours.
As much as it is comfy to work in your PJ’s, please don’t.
After you finish your morning routine, changeinto something extra comfy but make sure you picked an outfit that you wouldn’t fallasleep wearing.
Make a ritual out of setting up your workstationin the morning and put everything away at the end of the day.
This creates that illusion that there’sa limit between your working hours and your free time.
Prepping your lunch the night before or inthe morning also helps you stay in track during the day and avoid cooking meals from scratchduring your lunch break.
All of the cooking and cleanup in the middleof your day can be more stressful than relaxing so it’s important that you try to overcomethe tendency of fixing your meals during your break.
If you have to take your dog outside duringthe day, make sure to set a couple of alarms on your phone so you go at the same time everysingle day.
This way you won’t have to constantly worrywhether they need to go outside.
I also recommend you to free more time inthe morning, before you start working, to play and do a bigger workout with your dog.
Unless your dog it over-the-top high energy, this will probably guarantee that he will feel calmer and sleepier during the firstpart of your work day.
If there’s someone else in your householdworking from home and you’re sharing the same space, establish simple boundaries regardingyour working hours, working space and breaks.
Are you going to take calls during the day, listen to music out loud or bring hot drinks and food to the desk? Figure out beforehand what will make the otherperson feel comfortable during these days, as it can be hard to adapt to work from homewhile lacking the proper space and conditions.
Make sure you take regular, hourly breaksduring the day.
If you live in a small space, remember tostretch frequently, open up the windows and let the fresh air in or even engage in superquick five minute cleaning sessions just to move a little.
Finally, don’t forget to drink plenty ofwater during the day.
Just keep a water bottle nearby and challengeyourself to drink it until lunch break and then refill it at that time.
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Stay safe and I will see you next week.