Working from home has made life much more flexible. However, living and working in the same space comes with distractions and it is harder to get motivated without the camaraderie of the office. These handy tips will set you up for a productive working day so that you can produce your best work.
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1. Don’t be a stranger
Everyone gets Zoom fatigue and few appreciate a meeting without a purpose or agenda. But making time to collaborate with others is a great way to kick start productivity. Social interaction will stimulate your mind and add variety to your day. Having set meeting times gives you structure and holds you accountable for any outstanding work.
Feedback is harder to communicate and digest over email but in a video call it is easy to understand different perspectives and set actionable next steps. Plus, if feedback is positive, the social validation can give you a great boost and motivate you for the rest of the day.
2. Learn what to do when
Create realistic schedules that maximize your outputs based on your energy levels throughout the day. Are you an early riser or a night owl? Maybe it takes you a while to get motivated first thing, in which case it may be better to focus on menial, repetitive tasks before taking on more complicated or creative projects in the afternoon. Take some time to become intuitive about what times of day work best for you.
3. Give your day balance
In the office, people pack up, the room starts to empty, and the day comes to a natural close. At home it can be difficult to know when to call it a day, especially when you have emails coming in late into the night or waiting for you as soon as you wake up. But working longer does not equal working better. Be sure to set strict start and end times. Making your time finite will limit procrastination and help you prioritise tasks.
4. Don’t waste your breaks
When you are feeling tired or uninspired, it is tempting to spend breaks scrolling social media. Remember that your body was not made for sitting at a screen for hours on end.
Moving around, giving your mind space and letting your eyes rest will help you to come back feeling more refreshed. Try taking a walk, drinking your coffee outside, or chatting to a family member instead.
5. Have a dedicated workspace
If you get cosy and work from the sofa, your brain may associate this space with relaxing, making you less present in your work duties. This can also make it hard to switch off if you are winding down in the same place after work.
Create an area that is tidy, quiet, and free from distractions. Ensure you have the minimum you would expect to be provided in the workplace, such as a comfortable office chair and desk. If you have the budget, you can also build a garden office with StudioPod.
6. Set boundaries for yourself and your household
Setting healthy boundaries for yourself and others is essential to giving 100% when working at home. Create a quiet space away from distractions that is yours for the working day. Whether this is a whole room or the dining room table, make it clear to other household members that this is your work area and should be treated like it.
Make a conscious effort at the end of each day to distance yourself from this space, whether this is by closing the door or clearing the table and putting away your laptop. This sends a signal to your brain when it is time for work and when it is time for play.
7. Separate your digital work and personal life
We have already discussed physical boundaries, but with so much of our lives lived online it is important to consider digital boundaries. If possible, have separate devices for work and leisure, this will reduce the temptation to look at personal bookmarks and apps.
If this isn’t an option, be sure to close all non-work-related tabs so that you can start the day with a clean digital space. Limit distractions as much as possible by turning off social media notifications and logging out of your personal email account.
With increased independence and flexibility comes more responsibility, but a few small changes to your mindset and environment can make working from home the superior location for producing outstanding work.