Organizations around the world are seeing a shift towards work from home arrangements. Whether you’re working remotely for the first time or helping employees set up their work-from-home stations, these eight tips will help you maximize productivity!
1. Ensure you get a full night’s sleep.
When you know you’re not going anywhere in the morning, it can be tempting to watch television well past midnight. However, too many late nights and early work-from-home alarms and you’ll soon feel the sleep deprivation.
Getting a full night’s sleep can boost your mood and aid your productivity.
2. Designate a work area.
As much as possible, you want to distinguish work time from relaxation time. This can be hard to accomplish when you’re working from the same couch as you relax.
If you have a desk or a dining table you don’t use often, try setting up a work station there. Set up your computer, your planner, and any other work tools you’ll need throughout the day. Try not to work from bed or from outdoor areas where the sun glare will make it difficult to see your screen.
3. Change out of pajamas.
We’re not suggesting you should don a full business suit. You don’t even have to change out of comfortable clothes. However, switching your pajamas for a cozy sweater and maybe your nicest pair of sweats will help you feel a little bit more put together. Additionally, anything you can do to separate the work day from bedtime will help you feel like you made the most of the day.
4. Plan three main meals.
When your kitchen is just a few steps away, it’s easy to engage in all-day grazing. However, it just means you won’t be hungry for meal times and it will make different times of the day into one ongoing blur.
Try to structure your meals around your typical meal schedule—whether this means just three meals per day, or two meals and plenty of snacks. This will help you keep track of time as you move through the workday and remind you to take breaks at reasonable intervals.
5. Use your planner.
For some people, time blocking is essential. For others, it’s to-do lists. Stick to the systems that help you reach peak productivity in the office. Whatever your system is, your planner is your best friend when working from home.
At the beginning of the workday, decide what your priorities are—one or two tasks that you absolutely must get done that day. Being able to check those off your list means you’ll finish the work day feeling satisfied and productive.
6. Close ALL non work related windows.
Don’t worry—Netflix will save your spot. Everything that’s open during work hours should be work related. This will cut out temptation and lead to better focus throughout the work day.
Additionally, notifications can bring you out of your concentration zone. Minimizing them means better results at the end of the day.
7. Keep to your work schedule.
When working from home, it’s easy to have the work day bleed into your evening—or your relaxation time eat away at the work day. Stick to your regular schedule. This means logging on when you would arrive at the office, completely logging off for lunch, and signing off when you are done for the day.
8. Block out social media.
Are you trying your best to stay focused but keep being tempted into refreshing Facebook or Instagram? There’s an app for that!