Increase Productivity When Working From Home
Modern technology has definitely made life easier and one of the aspects of this easier life is the rising popularity if people working from home. The only problem with working from home is that we are surrounded by distractions and it is often a challenge to get into the mindset that we are not at home but are at work. It’s hard enough to separate work from home when we work in a corporate environment, but when you are trying to be productive in your home office, it’s much harder to switch our brains from home to work mode. Here are some tips on how to maximize your work from home productivity so you can achieve an optimal work-life balance.
1. Set Up A Proper Work Place
Ideally, for you to be at your most productive working from home, you should set up a single-purpose room in your home to serve as your home office. If you can’t have a whole room for this purpose, at least try to set up a desk in a quiet area of your home where you will have everything you need within easy reach and, most importantly, not find yourself in the middle of high traffic areas where your family members and pets are constantly passing around you.
2. Set Up Your Desk
The way you set up your desk will be a determining factor in how efficiently you can work. You will need a few desk accessories such as document trays, upright file holders, and even a filing cabinet that can either fit under your desk or be placed within easy reach of your desk. You need to have everything close at hand to avoid constantly getting up to retrieve the items you need. Desktop organizers are a great way to keep everything you need within your grasp so you can grab pens, note pads, stationery supplies, and files as soon as you need them. Not only will your desktop organizer keep everything neatly arranged for easy access, but they also make your work station look neat, professional, and functional.
3. Have Everything Ready
There is nothing worse than having to quickly take down notes or scribble messages only to find you don’t have working pens available and all of your pencils are too blunt to write legibly. An electric pencil sharpener can be your best friend. You can distract a caller with small talk while you quickly sharpen your pencils and then take the notes you need. You also must have writing pads of different sizes so you can take messages or detailed notes, depending on what needs to be done.
4. Comfort Is Important
In a perfect world, working from home means shorter hours but this is only true if you can really manage your time well. More often than not, people who work from home spend more than the standard 8 hours per day behind their home office desks. Some days you will find yourself working for 10 to 12 hours or even more. If you must work these long hours, you need to be comfortable. Get yourself a laptop stand so you can set your laptop up to your eye level. This will prevent you from hunching over your keyboard which is the main cause for shoulder and neck pain. An ergonomic office chair is also a must for those who sit for countless hours each day. An ergonomic office chair will support your spine, correct your posture while you sit, be adjustable, and have armrests.
5. Set Regular Hours
Most people think working from home means sleeping until noon and taking breaks whenever they want. Yeah right. If you don’t set yourself regular working hours, you will find your productivity levels slumping drastically, and then you’ll need to pull several all-nighters just to meet your deadlines. Set yourself realistic working hours and stick to them. Be realistic and don’t let those hours exceed the hours you’d normally work if you had to go to an office. It’s fine to put in a few extra hours on the odd occasion to finish a project but stay focused on regular hours so overtime isn’t the norm for you.
6. Get Ready For Work
Another popular misconception for those working from home is that you can sit at your desk in the morning with a cup of coffee and work in your pajamas. While your comfort is important, being in sleepwear may affect your productivity because mentally you aren’t ready for work. Even if you wear track pants and a t-shirt, make the effort to get dressed every morning. Brush your teeth, wash your face and at least look a little presentable. On top of that, the simple ritual of “getting ready for work” will put you in the right frame of mind to start your productive day.