For many people, working from home is the new normal. While working from a home office has its benefits, it can also be very challenging.
One of the biggest challenges related to working remotely is staying as productive as you would be if you were working from an actual office. The lines between job and home life become blurred, and it is hard to remain as focused as you would want to be.
Here are some tips that will help you stay productive even when working from home.
Set a schedule and stick to it
When you go into an office every day, you typically stick to a routine with fairly consistent start and end times. Those lines are blurred when you work from home.
For some, this may make it hard to stay on track. The challenge becomes even more complicated when you add the new responsibilities that the coronavirus pandemic has introduced, such as homeschooling. For others who already maintain long hours to accommodate heavy workloads, the lack of a schedule can make it even harder to maintain a work-life balance.
When making your schedule, think about your morning routine. Allow plenty of time for the things you do to get your day off to a good start, such as eating breakfast, walking the dog, or taking a shower, if possible. Finally, make sure you make time for yourself throughout your day as well.
Choose a proper home office
A dedicated workspace will enable you to keep yourself oriented to your work by providing an office-like environment. As you know, concentration is the key to effective outcomes.
When the surrounding gives you work vibes, your attention is bound to swoop in along with your efficiency. To achieve that, all you have to do is:
- Choose a corner of your room with good natural lighting, if possible.
- Set it up with a chair comfortable to sit on, for around 8 hours a day
- Place a desk next to it. Maybe add a lovely, air-purifying plant on it.
- Put your computer on the placed desk.
- Keep the additional materials like a diary, pens, a bottle of water, and a lamp, right by your side.
Determine clear boundaries
One of the essential working from home tips is to keep your work life and personal life separated. Doing so will help you stay productive while you’re at work and reduce stress when you aren’t.
Just like you should set your work hours, schedule, communicate and plan when you will not be available to work.
It’s essential to give yourself time for home life when you need it. Don’t extend the workday too far beyond what you planned, at the risk of burning yourself out.
Depending on your work line, you may still feel connected through conference calls and virtual team meetings. But even if you’re independent and don’t join as many of those, try to find excuses to have regular, virtual check-ins with your colleagues.
Consider starting your calls by chatting with them about what’s going on in their lives. Ask about big projects they’re working on. This helps to make up for some of the water cooler conversations everyone misses when working from home and helps maintain some semblance of remote work culture.
Keep in mind that during the stressful times we’re all experiencing due to the pandemic, you may need to be more flexible with yourself and your colleagues. Acknowledge that meetings may need to be cancelled or rescheduled on short notice, and work with your team to keep communication lines open.
Eat and sleep right
One of the perks of working from home is free to access to the kitchen. As soon as it is time for breaks, you gravitate towards it to grab some snacks. This practice does not benefit you in any way.
Being on a healthy diet is essential when you are a working person. Therefore, you must eat food that helps you function better instead of draining your energy. Here is what to do:
- Eat energizing meals for lunch: iron (leafy green vegetables), protein (fish, meat, eggs), and complex carbohydrates (legumes & whole grains)
- Include fruits, nuts & berries together with some juice in your diet
- Drink plenty of water
Eat healthy every day, even if you are working from the office but in your limited capacity.
To keep your head clear, a healthy sleep schedule is as important as is a proper diet. What you should do is:
- Save your binge-watching plans for the weekend.
- Go to bed at the same time.
- Try to get a minimum of 6 hours of sleep.
- Follow this routine every day until it becomes a habit.
- Resist the temptation to oversleep and start your day early.
When your work-life is demanding, it keeps you awake at odd hours, even when working from home. Try to take short naps if that is the case.