Despite the government’s recent encouragement for people to return to an office-based environment, many employees have discovered how productive it can be when working from home so will carry on if at all possible. Not only does it save time from commuting but with modern software tools you can keep in touch with colleagues and host meetings from anywhere in the world.
The 2020 pandemic will have a long-lasting effect on many aspects of the job market and working arrangements, not least staff preferring a more flexible lifestyle. However, working from home can be challenging if you’re prone to distraction or being lazy. We’ve gathered some top tips for working away from the office that guarantee better productivity!
- Build a work space The mind works in mysterious ways, and by associating one area with work, you’ll end up being more productive in that space. Working in an area which your mind already associates with downtime will only kick-start your subconscious into relaxing.
- Health and safety It’s really important that your workstation setup isn’t going to cause back or neck ache. You should have your monitor at eye height, and if you work from a laptop then try to attach a monitor or TV if possible (via HDMI). Having a separate keyboard and mouse also helps position these key peripherals in the right place to avoid unnecessary aches and pains.
- Set your hours Make sure you know the hours that you will be working. Being unsure of your hours will make it easier for you to say ‘Ahh, i’ll take a break now’ after only working for a short while. Give yourself set hours and tasks so you know exactly when you will take your breaks.
- Exercise It can be draining sitting down at a desk and concentrating for long periods of time. Refresh yourself with a quick bit of exercise every so often. Consider doing yoga in your front room to clear your head.
- Avoid distractions Friends, family and pets can be great fun to be around, but they’ll probably end up distracting you during working hours. Try to avoid these distractions by working in a specific workspace and asking people not to disturb you during particular hours. Additionally, staying off social media will mean getting more things done as it is an incredible time-waster.
- Planners and to-do lists We know that to-do lists can be tough to stick to, but by starting each day with a clear list of tasks you want to achieve, you’ll be more likely to stay on track. Plus, it always feels great crossing a job off the list upon completion!
- Eat healthy food We know it’s tempting to eat unhealthy snacks like chocolate bars or crisps, but these foods will only ultimately make you feel sluggish.
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