How to stay productive while working from home during Coronavirus lockdown
Working from home has its perks. You'll make the most of it if you approach the day intentionally. Below are some best tips for working from home while staying sane and productive.
CREATE A HOME OFFICE ATMOSPHERE
Have a corner or room dedicated to working. Don’t do it wherever you happen to be. That way, when you enter the room or corner; you know consciously what you’re there to do: go to work. It changes the state of mind from “I’m at home” to “I’m at work”.
You can add elements that promote a calming or inspiring environment, such as fresh flowers, houseplants, task lighting, wallpapers or painting.
SET YOUR SCHEDULE
Plan out your daily schedule and establish your start time, midday break periods and what time you’ll clock out for the day.
KEEP YOUR DESK AND GENERAL WORK AREA TIDY.
A tidy workspace helps keep a tidy mind, which helps make your day more productive.
PRIORITIZE YOUR TASKS
For every day you need to work, make a list of the things you need to get done and in the order in which they need to get done as soon as possible. This will help you move forward and achieve your objectives.
Tell everyone who's home with you that you'll be working during certain hours and to not disturb you unless it's an emergency. Just because you're working from home doesn't mean you're home. Avoiding interruptions is key to staying as productive as possible.
GIVE YOURSELF BREAKS
Don’t be locked in the room all the time. Take some minutes walk around to freshen up and to encourage the flow of new ideas. You’ll improve the quality of what you produce a hundredfold.
CONNECT WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES
It is important to keep in contact with your colleagues so as to increase focus and a sense of professional coordination. Use the available technology to connect with others, which is not only vital for the combined productivity of the group, but also for maintaining relationships with those that you may not be beside for weeks or months.
KNOW WHEN TO STOP
Set your start and closing hours. You don't have to stop at exactly that time, but knowing your working hours can help you keep a good work-life balance.
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