Work From Home Tips to Promote Productivity
Whether you’ve been remote working your entire career or you’ve recently joined the “work from home” movement, you probably already realize it’s vital to have an office space where you feel comfortable and productive. Working from home is a challenge for many individuals, but you can accomplish your goals by covering a few crucial elements. Here are our top suggestions for productivity:
Keep A Routine
Think about adopting a morning “commute,” which can be as simple as walking around the block with a cup of coffee, a personal favorite! Continue to dress and groom professionally. What you do first thing in the morning plays a significant role in determining your mindset for the day. Although it’s tempting, don’t make a habit of working in your pajamas! You’ll find that you’re more productive when you follow your normal routine of brushing your teeth and dressing for work.
Take Regular Breaks
Try setting the alarm to get up and stretch every hour or so. Keep your work area separate from your personal space. Eat lunch someplace other than your desk. Breaking up the day by moving your body keeps you fresh and can increase your productivity when you return to your workspace.
Protect Your Time & Workspace
Set “office hours” and be sure to communicate the ground rules about those hours to family members or roommates. Anything that can interrupt you, probably will!
If you don’t already, now would be an excellent time to consider Zoom for video conferencing, Google Docs, or Dropbox for file sharing and Slack for communicating with coworkers and colleagues. Attempt to over-communicate. This is always important, but it’s even more so when you’re working remotely, and there are plenty of communication tools to help facilitate this.
Choose The Right Location
When planning your home office, be sure to thoroughly scope out the house before settling into a space. For example, automatically choosing the spare bedroom just because it’s rarely used isn’t necessarily the best course of action. If you know that you need access to natural light or an open area to feel creative and focused, think outside the box and consider adding an office in a unique place. It can take the guesswork out of planning if your home is equipped with a designated office area, but you may also discover that setting up shop by a window in the living room works just as well.