How to Increase Your Productivity Working From Home
The arrival of an era of digital transformation has encouraged many companies to adopt a work-from-home model for their employees.
The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou
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While this may initially seem like a blessing (you can avoid your daily commutes or snooze for another hour), working remotely can also have drawbacks.
CareerAddict is an online career resource for employees and employers. Here are the organization's top ten tips to ensure you get the best results while working from home.
1. Do something for yourself before starting work
It's easy to get out of bed onto your laptop or cell phone without even changing your pajamas. But to stay motivated, it's best to wake up and do something for yourself in the morning. For example, you could do an exercise, catch up on the news, or read a chapter from your favorite book before concentrating on your day's work.
2. Have a designated workspace
Having a set workspace can help you stay focused and be more productive. If you have a home office or desk, you're ready to go. If you don't, you will have to improvise. You can set up your workstation on the kitchen table or turn your dresser into your new remote desk.
3. Make a priority list
Having a priority list will help you stay focused and get your work done. Instead of doing household chores, you will focus on checking off the work tasks on your list and will feel a sense of accomplishment once you have done it.
4. Have an open line of communication
To ensure a smooth workflow, you need to have a free communication line with your boss and colleagues. Checking in with your manager will update you on what you are working on, and they will feel more at ease knowing that the same level of work is being produced as if you were in the office.
5. Don't try to multitask
Trying to multitask at the same time is counterproductive. You may think that you can watch your favorite Netflix series while you go through your accounts this month, but don't be fooled. Focus on one task at a time, set a time limit, and complete your task within that time before moving on to the next.
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6. Avoid distractions
It's easy to get distracted in an environment that you normally associate with relaxation. To avoid procrastination, eliminate all distractions. Put your phone in airplane mode and hide your TV remote to eliminate the temptation to turn on these devices.
7. Don't sting for the fun of it
With the refrigerator close at hand, it's easy to grab your favorite snacks throughout the day. However, unnecessary calories can make you feel sunken and with less energy. If you are going to snack, opt for healthy options such as carrots or fruits.
8. Take a break for lunch
Whether you're in the office or at home, it's easy to skip your lunch break and get through the day with energy. However, when you are homebound, it is even more critical that you take this break. Thirty minutes away from your laptop will help you relax and focus.
9. Offer support to others
If you master telecommuting, why not help your colleagues? Check-in with them every day and see if they need help with homework, just like you would in the office. Also, make sure you are available by chat, phone, or any other communication method during business hours.
10. Get enough sleep
Since you don't have to get up early and prepare for a long trip, you can stay up later to watch a series, but you're doing yourself no favors. To be productive from home, you will still need a lot of downtimes. Follow your usual routine at bedtime and get the recommended amount of sleep.
Now that you are equipped with the best ways to be productive from home, you can show that working remotely is beneficial for everyone.