Remote working has become the norm for many people during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an effective way to practice social distancing and keep yourself and others safe. But some challenges come with working from home.
Home is where you typically feel most comfortable. It’s where you can be yourself, relax, and de-stress from the typical workday. However, when your work life and home life start to blend, it’s easy to become distracted, unmotivated, and unproductive.
Interestingly, some studies have shown that those who work from home are sometimes more productive than those in an office setting. So it can be done! You merely need to know how to boost your productivity while achieving a healthy work-life balance.
So, how can you be more productive while working from home?
Create a Designated Work Space
As tempting as it can be to sit on your couch with your laptop in front of you, that isn’t ideal for being productive.
If you have to work from home, it’s a good idea to set up a separate workspace that is strictly used for your job and nothing else. If you don’t have the room for an entire office, something as simple as a small desk or table in the corner of a room works just as well.
Try to choose a space with as much natural lighting and as few distractions as possible. Make sure your family/roommates know that when you’re at your workspace, you technically “aren’t home,” so they can respect your time while you’re working.
Follow a Routine
One of the biggest pitfalls people fall in when working from home is getting out of a routine. You might think you can sleep in, stay in your pajamas, and start work at noon every day.
You could, but you likely wouldn’t get much accomplished.
Instead, maintain a routine as much as possible. Get up at the same time each day and go through your morning rituals. Put on your clothes, eat breakfast, take a walk. Or do whatever else you need to do to get your day started.
A good rule of thumb is to follow what your schedule used to be when you were working outside your home. That can make the transition to working at home more manageable for you.
Find a Balance
In addition to forming a daily routine, you should also set daily working hours. Those can differ slightly from the hours you worked at your physical job (unless you’re required to work the same hours by your employer). But even if they do differ, make sure you have an official start and stop time each day. It’s also okay to take several breaks throughout the day, especially if you’re feeling distracted or tired.
When you work from home, you can work in the evenings or early in the mornings. However, that can quickly cut into your personal life. It’s hard to find a healthy work-life balance when you’re working too much and missing out on time with your family, friends, or to practice self-care.
The more you make time for yourself and your personal life, the less likely you’ll experience burnout from your job. As a result, you will continue to be more productive.
If you are working from home during the pandemic or recently started working remotely by choice, productivity doesn’t have to be complicated. By showing discipline in a few key areas, you can accomplish your daily goals with ease.
Do you want to learn more about managing your time, stress levels, or the uncertainties that can come from working from home for the first time? Feel free to contact me.