With the Covid-19 pandemic still having a major impact on the world, there are millions of people still working from home. While working from home can provide a ton of benefits such as no commute, it isn’t always easy.
When many people work from home, they find themselves struggling to remain productive. This could be due to all of the distractions, or even the fact that there is no one there keeping them on task. Thankfully, there are a variety of things you can do to keep yourself productive
With that in mind, let’s go over a few tips to help you be as productive as possible when working from home.
The most important thing to keep in mind to stay on task when working from home is avoiding distractions. Whether it is TV, the internet, your phone or even what is going on outside your window, there is a lot that can take your mind away from work when you are at home.
In addition to distractions at your desk, your home is full of other distractions. For example, it can be incredibly tempting to head to your bedroom and take a nap after a busy morning. While you might have spent a lot of time picking the best mattress for the most comfortable sleep, it is important to try and avoid it when you are trying to work.
Don’t Forget About Breaks
While distractions are the biggest enemy of productivity, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take breaks. If you work all day every day, without stopping, you can be burnt out and find it difficult to do a good job. In general, try to take at least a break in the morning and a break in the afternoon, as well as taking some time for lunch.
In addition to taking actual breaks a few times a day, be sure to give your eyes a break more frequently. Digital eye strain is real and looking at a computer all day can prove difficult. One of the best ways to do this is the 20-20-20 rule. This involves looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds after every 20 minutes of screen time. While it is quick, it can work wonders in keeping your eyes feeling great.
Try to Keep a Consistent Schedule
When most people work in an office setting, they have a consistent schedule where they start and end the same time every day. Their body begins to adapt to this schedule and any deviation from it can be challenging.
If you aren’t consistent with your schedule, it can be very confusing for your body. You may find yourself being more tired, more lethargic or generally struggle with motivation. This is because our body loves routines and if we constantly change up when we sleep, wake up and work, our body cannot adapt. The more consistent your workday is, the easier it will be to stay focused as well.
Also, in a similar vein, working at home can blur the boundaries between your home and work life. This can lead you to working more than you need or should. Setting these hours helps you know when it is work time, and when it is time for you to do what you want.
Ensure You Have an Actual Workspace
While some people are lucky enough to have a home office, many people who were thrown into working from home during the last few months didn’t. This led to many of them working in their bed or on their couch. Sure, you can work this way, but it will generally have a negative impact on your focus.
Instead, you should do your best to set a dedicated work area. This is ideally a desk and chair in a room somewhere, but a spot at the kitchen table can be good enough. Having a spot where you can go to work, so to speak, can help you flip the switch from simply being at home, to working.
Having a specific workplace can also help you separate your work from your recreation time. If you work on the couch, which is the same place you watch movies or play video games, it can be difficult to focus and be as productive there as you could.
Make Sure You Set Ground Rules for Others in Your Home
If you live alone, working from home can generally be easier than if you live with others. For everyone else, your home is a place to relax, have fun and do what they want. It can be difficult for others. This is why it is important to have some ground rules in place while at home to make sure you can work in peace.
For example, if you have children, you should give them clear rules about what they can do and what types of things they shouldn’t. It can be very difficult to get work done if you have children hanging off your leg trying to get you to play.
Also, just because you are working from home doesn’t mean your family should expect more from you. Of course, do your part when it comes to cleaning, dishes and laundry, but if your roommates or partner expects you to do more simply because you are at home, that isn’t fair.
In conclusion, we hope that these tips have been able to help you remain more productive when working from home.