April 8, 2020
With COVID-19 being the main reason why most of us are telecommuting right now, it can be hard to remain productive at home. After all, the connection in our brains linking home to work is non-existent. When we think of home, we often think of kicking off our shoes and lounging in bed after a long day. Here’s how you can enhance your work-from-home experience to ensure you feel good, and subsequently, produce good work.
Humans are creatures of habit, which is why it is so essential for us to implement suitable productive measures into our daily lives. This is especially important in a remote working environment or for telecommuting individuals.
Routine gives our lives structure. It provides us a sense of normalcy and productivity when we complete all we set out to do. While it may seem daunting and unnatural at first, planning out a schedule or to-do list is incredibly helpful in a bid for productivity.
One significant benefit of being in charge of your schedule is the freedom of it all, but it can also be hard for us to stick to our commitments. Having a routine, plan, or to-do list is a small step towards better productivity and a clearer mind when we need to get to work.
Working from home poses a very plausible risk of bringing work home with you. It can be hard to stop, especially since physically you’re in the same spot, so mentally, you might be as well even if your hours are over.
Working in the same place you rest emphasises the importance of having a good schedule or routine to follow. By having your daily tasks sorted out, it is easier to note when you should be taking a break or stopping work altogether.
There is no one-size-fits-all for this, as different people function differently. The key is to find a good productivity hack that works for you and prevents you from burning out.
Working from home means working in your comfort zone. It can be easy to slip into a mode of relaxation, even more so if you opt to work from your bed or couch. Working in such situations is not ideal as it is harder to keep your mind focused on work.
While not everyone can implement a home office, designating a specific area of the house toward work is a good option. By having a space for work, and work alone, your mind will associate that particular area as a space to do work. This way, it is much easier to get the job done, and you would be in a productive state of mind. Conditioning your brain to associate work with your bed or couch can get confusing and stressful. Having an appropriate, uncluttered workstation also means you can walk away from it, allowing you to leave work behind once the day ends. When we merge our bedrooms with work, it can be hard not to bring work home. Or, in this case, into the other aspects of our lives.
Not only do digital apps help with productivity, but your space and environment play a part as well.
Perhaps it would be a good idea to invest in a comfortable working chair or standing desk, depending on how you prefer to work. The ideal condition should keep you comfortable and alert. A good chair should help keep your back upright and straight, your monitor should be at eye level, and your desk should be uncluttered.
Apart from the physical elements of a working condition, many digital tools can help enhance your productivity as well. There are countless apps designed to help telecommuters improve productivity levels and to make working from home more seamless. Apps designed for communication, task management, productivity, and sharing of information, help to create a better working experience for remote workers and their team.
Taking care of ourselves can get a bit trickier, especially in a work-from-home situation.
While food delivery options are convenient and plentiful, we should always stay mindful of what we put in our bodies.
Squeezing in a walk or workout routine in our daily schedule yields many benefits; it allows us a break we might so desperately need. A reset button for our minds, exercising will enable us to clear our thoughts and rejuvenate ourselves. It also gives us an opportunity for fresh air and sunlight, both very crucial to our health.
Taking necessary breaks is also an excellent way to keep ourselves motivated and productive.
While the balance between work and life can be hard to find in work from home settings, it is not impossible. The key is to stay organised, have a routine to stick to, take mental breaks, and to ensure you do not work where you sleep.