Before the breakout of Covid-19, it seemed everybody wanted to work from home and looked at those that did jealously. Plenty are now realising that it is not all it’s cracked up to be. It can be hard to get in the same “worky” routine that falls onto you the moment you enter the office and are surrounded by your colleagues. It is a challenge to block out children running around in the background asking for yet, another, chocolate biscuit, and it can be tough to motivate yourself in general. However, it doesn’t have to be this way… let’s make this process easier.
1⃣ ROUTINE, ROUTINE, ROUTINE
If working from home is currently an everyday commitment, it’s really important to set up specific business or work hours. Follow your usual working time frame and stick to it. Remember to set your alarm each evening and get to bed at a reasonable hour so you’re feeling fresh and ready to start the following day.
Wake up each morning with plenty of time to get ready, walk the dog, have your shower, eat breakfast – whatever your usual routine dictates. Take the same breaks you would usually, giving yourself time away from the computer – do not work nonstop just because you are at home. Remember to take your full lunch hour/breaks and please stop checking your emails at 11pm (we’re all guilty of this!). Routine is the key, keep on top of this and you’re already halfway there.
2⃣ Update your to-do list every morning
Without the usual routine and direct line-management, it can be difficult to keep track of what you have to do throughout your workday. It is all too easy to lose sight of priorities, tasks and deadlines, or to simply focus on the wrong thing.
Keep a to-do list every day and review your priorities each morning. Ticking or completing your job list as you go really gives you a sense of achievement, too. Make sure the important tasks are at the top and resist the urge to simply pick off all the easy tasks. When you create a to-do list, stick to it and set time limits for each task. It’s easy to get distracted by an email that’s just popped up yet apply a little extra focus and you’ve got this! 💪
3⃣ Get dressed as if you were off to the office
We all love our PJs and many of us are all guilty of working from home in our favourite pair, yet sadly, this is a huge productivity killer. “Dress for success” and “Dress to impress” aren’t just a catchphrase’s used by corporates – it really does make all the difference when working from home.
Not only does wearing the right clothing get you prepared and in the right mindset to begin work, but you’ll also be ready to handle any kind of video Skype call, online meeting or check-in from colleague or manager. On top of that, you will be mentally and physically ready to start the day and smash your to-do list!
4⃣ Eat healthy food and snacks
Another work from home reality is that we are never too far from the snack cupboard in the kitchen. As soon as it’s time for lunch or a quick break we are immediately drawn to the left-over Chinese in the fridge, crisps, sweets, cookies… you know the drill. 😋
We all know that eating fruit and vegetables is good for you, but there’s a direct link between healthy eating and overall productivity levels. Try to snack on healthier options throughout the day and keep the naughty treats till Friday, after a successful and productive week. You will feel better for it every day – give it a go and see for yourself.
5⃣ Stay off social media whilst working
Not only is social media currently a magnet for negative news, it’s also a huge distraction. We are all guilty of spending waaay to much time on our favourite apps from time to time, but don’t let it get in the way of your work. One minute you’re replying to a comment on Facebook and then the next two hours have passed and you’re refreshing your newsfeed, reading the same posts over and over again.
Try to stay off social media for one working day (except for breaks and lunch, of course!) and see how much your productivity improves. Refraining from constantly checking your favourite apps will keep you in work mode and allow you to complete your tasks for the day.
If you’re an avid social media user try to leave your phone in another room close by, (keep it on loud in case any important calls come through, though). You know what they say, out of sight, out of mind! Why not give it a go today and see if this helps makes your working from home day more productive. 😁
Do you have any working from home tips? Leave them in the comments below!