With the Prime Minister’s recent advice that we should all try to work from home where possible so many businesses have moved their employees to remote working. In more recent years, remote working has been growing in popularity and the technology to help people stay productive has been growing too. But how do you, as an individual, stay on top of your productivity when working from home? It’s a big transition and we’re here to help you get used to the change.
Tip 1. Get up and get dressed
We can all agree that staying in your pyjamas all day sounds very appealing but it’s really important you don’t fall into this trap! It’s easy to get distracted when you’ve jumped straight out of bed and slumped on the sofa in your PJs. Get up and get ready properly for the day ahead just like you would at work, this will spring you into action. Making you as productive as always!
Tip 2. Leave your phone alone
When you’re alone in the safety of your home office it can be easy to just say “Oh, I’ll just check Facebook really quick”. No one is there to see it, so who’s going to know? When working from home you have to have some rules around using your phone. This self-discipline is what will stop you from spending 50% of the time you’re ‘clocked in’ for work looking at the news on Coronavirus. Just like you would at work, keep this to your breaks. Maybe even put your phone out of reach whilst you’re doing work.
Tip 3. Transition into and out of work every day
You may not even realise but that precious time commuting to work every morning does wonders for getting you prepared for the day ahead. So how can you do this when your workspace is now 3 metres from your bedroom? Well, it’s simple. When commuting, we often do things to pass the time such as listen to the radio, music or podcasts. So before you start work, sit and listen to the radio for 30 mins. It will help to improve your productivity for the day ahead.
Tip 4. Don’t Forget to Socialise
Of course with the recent pandemic taking place ‘socialising’ isn’t as easy as it used to be. You can’t just nip to Starbucks for a coffee with your friend or go out for lunch with your other half. Thanks to technology though, socialising through social media and Facetime is easier than it has ever been before. It might not be the same as seeing people face-to-face, but hearing someone else’s voice is really refreshing when you’ve been stuck inside on your own for a while.
Tip 5. Have your own space for work
Not all of us are lucky enough to have a home office, but having your own space away from distractions allows you to stay focused for longer. Working in a communal area like the kitchen is only bound to stop you from concentrating on your work. So set up an area that no one else can come in whilst you’re at ‘work’, this will help to keep your attention on your tasks.
How will you make sure you stay productive in these next few weeks or even months? We hope this article will help you get all your tasks done in no time.
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