As you try to wake up, your bed doesn’t let you get away. Laziness starts creeping in and you decided to snooze an alarm and take a short nap. Before you realize it was 10 am and you are already late for work. You rushed through everything and somehow manages to make it to work somehow. Even after reaching the workplace, you are not as productive as you used to be.
Ever wished you could work from home and don’t have to get up from your bed. Well, now can do that as many companies are offering work from home facility. Some companies are still reluctant to offer this liberty to their employees because they think that it can hamper their productivity and they enjoy less control over their employees.
If you are an employee who want to work from home and still be productive then, this article is for you. Here is how you can stay productive while working from home.
1. Create a Work Schedule
When you work in an office, you have a fixed schedule. There are meetings, break time, presentations etc. Unfortunately, when you are working from home, that is not the case. Employees can work at their own pace and preferred time. Then there are interruptions and distractions such as friends and family members or even a pet that can put you off your productivity targets. Create a work schedule and share it with everyone so that they know when you are working and don’t disturb you.
2. Break Down Your Day into Chunks
How do you feel If I tell you that you have to move a mountain from one place to another? You will surely be overwhelmed. On the contrary, if I tell you that you must move one rock at a time. Do you feel overwhelmed? No, right. Break down your day into smaller more manageable chunks and assign a task to each time slot. By using an online task management software, you can easily do that.
It is highly recommended that you break down your day into many 90 minutes blocks. This will help you focus on the one 90-minute block at a time instead of thinking about many things, which will help you to boost your productivity.
3. Stick to A Routine
Why do employees love working from home? Because there is no one to micro manage them. There are no restrictions to follow so they can work as they want to. This might seem like a great thing on part of employees but that can also lead them to detract from the path and make it harder for them to focus. That is why it is important to create a routine and stick to it.
When you do same thing every day, you start to get better at it and subsequently end up completing the same tasks quicker every day. Stick to a routine that works for you and you will see a marked improvement in your productivity. If you are working during the day or at night, you can think about creating a separate routine for day and night to stay productive.
4. Take Breaks
Is your calendar filled with tasks and meetings? Have you ever thought about scheduling some off time? If you have not then, you will be subjected to work related stress, anxiety and employee burnout. Always schedule time for breaks even when you are working from home. When you are working from home, you don’t get an idea of how much time you have worked for and before you realize you might have worked for hours non-stop, which is not good for your mental and physical health.
Follow the 90-20 rule for taking breaks. Take 20 minutes after working for 90 minutes. You can just take a walk around your home, grab some snacks or take a meal. This will rejuvenate your mind and body and recharge your batteries, so you can come back even stronger and achieve more in less time.
5. Turn off Notifications
Our reliance on technology has now turned into an addiction. We tend to check our smartphones hundreds of times during the day. We are addicted to the point that we cannot even think of distancing yourself from our smartphone. What is the point of working from home when you are glued to your smartphone all day? In such cases, it is important to turn off notifications. Avoid responding to calls and checking messages during your work hours on indulging in web browsing and social media session. Don’t let annoying notifications interrupt you during your work session by turning them off so you don’t have to keep an eye on them every time the screen glows.
6. Know When to Pull the Plug
Why do you want to work from home? Because it provides you the freedom and let you strike a perfect work-life balance, right. Unfortunately, most employees who work from home end up clocking in more hours than they should and struggle to pull the plug at the right time. Due to this, work-related stress and overwork can ruin your social life despite being working from home. The best way to overcome this problem is to set a start and end time for working from home.
How do you stay productive while working from home? Feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.