Many businesses have switched to working remotely in the past year, so the number of new remote workers has also increased. Working from home is becoming the new norm, and we are all finding new ways to help employees stay productive and work towards the same business goals. Working from home is no longer unusual, and it is slowly becoming the new norm for most businesses. Since a decrease in productivity is one of the most common problems for working remotely, it is very important to understand how to stay productive.
Many of us are spending a lot more time at home these days on weekends and even during the week. We are finding ourselves working from the couch or even sleeping in later than usual. The expectations during the work week are the same, but our work environment has definitely changed. The key to successfully working from home is to create a positive and efficient work environment that allows you to focus on the necessary tasks. Here are some beneficial tips to consider for creating a functional work area at home so you can physically and mentally be productive.
1. Start your day off the right way – It is proven that setting your day up the right way when you wake up, sets the tone for the rest of your day. This will help with productivity and making sure you complete all the necessary tasks. Also, creating a morning routine is super beneficial. There is no one-size-fits-all, but you can find something that works for you – example: wake up early, meditate, work out, drink water etc.
2. Write down your daily tasks – As we all know, planning is key to being productive. Writing down what you need to complete for the day only takes a couple of minutes, but it helps to save hours of wasted time. Another great idea is colour coordinating all of your daily/weekly tasks. For example – green could mean you have a couple of days to complete, while red could mean you must complete ASAP. Its super important to prioritize your work and to create a to-do list is one of the most effective ways to do that.
3. Declutter – Wherever you are working in your home, there is stuff around you that reminds you of your household chores – like laundry, vacuuming, dirty dishes etc. This leads directly to distraction. It is super beneficial to work in a clutter-free zone so your eyes don’t wander. This will help you stay focused on your daily tasks and allow you to complete your work more efficiently.
4. Get out for a walk – Working from home can be great some days, but sometimes you need to break up the day. Taking a short 10-15 walk by yourself or with your dog can help clear your mind and feel refreshed. Changing up your scenery can increase creativity and allow you to be more productive when you are working in your new office.
5. Collaborate with your team members – One of the most popular sayings is, “There Is No I In Team”, and now that we are mostly working from home we need to try that much harder to work as a team. When a group of people work together on achieving the same goal, they become more productive and efficient. Working remotely, lacks face-to-face interactions which can lead to miscommunication, so jumping on a Zoom call or checking in on a daily or weekly basis with your team is super beneficial and will increase productivity.
Since more people are working from their homes, it’s important to understand how to get rid of home distractions and keep a focus on your positive workflow. Even though there is less accountability and less communication than when you are working in the office, that doesn’t mean you can’t still be super productive. It all comes down to organization and putting the right foot forward. Shifting your work environment to your home can be challenging, but with a few simple changes to your daily routine and work space, you will feel more alert, more confident in your work and lastly more organized. Find what works for you and your family by trying out some of the working from home tips above.