The Productivity Blog

11 Work From Home Tips To Maximize Your Productivity

productivity Feb 13, 2023

1. Get Ready for Your Work Day

Our brains are inherently structured to take signals from our social and personal outlook while making decisions. When you dress up for work, you offer your brain a reason to do so. It's like a natural alarm clock that keeps you awake all day.

As a result, it's critical to prepare for your work even while working from home. Casual clothes or pajamas are fantastic since they provide comfort and freedom. However, if you wear them for more than 48 hours, they may not help you stay productive.

"While it isn't necessary to dress as formally as you would for work, changing your clothes will simply convey that it is time to get up and get to work."

* Keep in mind that you may be requested to attend video meetings, so dress appropriately.

2. Choose a Proper Home Office

Distractions abound when working remotely, especially if you choose a random location.

By creating an office-like environment, a dedicated workstation will help you stay focused on your task.

To build your ideal home office, use any extra space, such as a guest bedroom or a finished basement. If that's not possible, find a spot away from the rest of the home, preferably with natural light, comfortable seats, and a door to keep distractions at bay.

As tempting as it may be, avoid the temptation to use your new office space for anything other than work. According to studies, using a workspace for non-work activities after "work hours" will reduce your extra productivity. To maintain your home office as a devoted working place and stay focused on what matters most - getting your job done, remove distractions like a TV or game console.

 “Concentration is key to effective outcomes.”  

3. Install Quality Technology

While we enjoy working at our own pace, a slow internet connection or old technology can be inconvenient.

What happens if your internet connection goes down or your system crashes while you're in the middle of an important meeting? It can be a humiliating situation that reflects negatively on your professionalism.

"Make sure you get the options that best suit your needs."

4. Maintain Consistent Working Hours

You may be utterly unconscious of the passage of time while your mind is completely concentrated on the task. This, however, is a harmful behavior. Working a lot is beneficial, but only during working hours. Therefore, you should avoid going overboard.

"When working from home, maintaining a healthy work-life balance is critical. Therefore, your personal life is just as important as your professional life."

You should constantly create a schedule for your workdays and working hours, and it should be established in advance so that you can easily follow it.

It is the simplest rule yet the toughest to follow.

  • Set your alarm for one hour before the start of your workday.

  • Before you settle into your workspace, you should freshen up and complete any necessary tasks.

  • Before beginning work, set a timer for the end of your workday.

  • Perform your tasks with full dedication.

  • As soon as the timer goes off, turn off your computer.

  • Leave your workplace and call it a day.

5. Prepare a To-do list/Planner

Positive reinforcement for work activities requires a to-do list and a planner. They make it easier for you to keep track of your development.

You can make a list as per your preference, but keep in mind that the most important duty should be given top priority and completed as soon as possible.

Check each goal off the list as you complete them, indicating that you are making progress. This maintains your focus while enhancing your understanding and making the task appear manageable. This will also enable you to look forward to completing the remaining tasks.

A planner or calendar can also be used to keep track of meetings, deadlines, and appointments. This way, you won't have to devote mental space to constantly remembering your office responsibilities.

  • Make a task list for the day because it is difficult to keep track of multiple details.

  • Create it in a systematic manner so that it is easily understood.

  • Estimate the time required to complete each task.

  • Break down tasks into smaller chunks to help you focus and make it seem more doable

  • Work until your working hour is up.

  • Make a list of the tasks that still need to be completed.

Working from home requires holding yourself accountable for every minute of your assigned work. Prioritizing and scheduling your work can help you achieve the best results!"

6. Take a Few Breaks

It is very common to long for breaks in the office to allow your mind to relax. However, the structure at home is different. So it's easy to get your work time mixed up with your rest time. This is why you should plan your breaks ahead of time.

Your energy will be depleted if you do not give your mind and body a break. By the end, you will be physically and mentally exhausted.

Do not overwork your brain muscles by sitting in one location all day. You can become stressed at any time. Simply moving around and staying active throughout the day will suffice.

Take breaks at regular intervals to walk around, play with your pet, or listen to music. It's entirely scientific. To avoid decision fatigue, maximize production capacity, and amplify your creativity, your prefrontal cortex (the thinking part of the brain) requires breaks.

  • Make a break-time schedule in your planner.

  • Specify how much time is rationed to each break.

"Take note of how you spend your time and take short breaks to refresh and renew yourself."

7. Eat & Sleep Right

You may find yourself skipping lunch and taking short breaks due to a heavy workload. If you find yourself in this situation, take your lunch break and do not skip meals.

  • Maintain a healthy diet and keep yourself in check.

  • Eat energizing meals for lunch- iron (leafy green vegetables), protein (fish, meat, eggs), and complex carbohydrates (legumes & whole grains) .

  • Include fruits, nuts & berries together with some juice in your diet

  • Make it a daily habit to drink at least 7-8 glasses of water.

Also, one of the most important activities that goes ignored is your sleep schedule. When you work from home, it might take a toss. For example, your sleep time might get compromised between work and binge-watching; thus, maintaining a regular sleep schedule is critical if you want to achieve the best results. It keeps your thoughts clear.

 "Plan your binge-watching for the weekend. And get your healthy routine started." 

  • Go to bed at a specific time

  • Try to get at least 6 hours of sleep per night

  • Follow it every day until it becomes a habit

Furthermore, when working from home, resist the urge to oversleep and begin your day early.

8. Make Ground Rules For Family Members

People, especially unfamiliar with remote working, frequently misunderstand it.

Today's generation understands the concept of working from home because they have either experienced it or witnessed it. In contrast, the older generation is unfamiliar with this concept. Working from home is more work because there is no set schedule for your parents.

There may be days when you don't have much work to do and you just want to hang out with your family. It is not, however, a signal for family members to pressure you to engage in other activities during working hours. As a result, you must establish certain ground rules with them.

Educate your family members about work-from-home culture's expectations. You will be on your way once they acknowledge this. Otherwise, it can frequently lead to a variety of difficulties in your professional life.

Here is how it goes:

  • Invite your family to join you for a small chat

  • Explain the nuances of working from home and thee expectations

  • Mention your estimated work hours and how you should not be bothered during that period

  • Hand the responsibility of controlling the kids, if any, to other family members

This would most likely work!!

9. Socialize With Colleagues

The first step to maintaining good relationships when everyone is working remotely is figuring out how much interaction you need to feel connected and included.

Here are a few ways to get started:

  • Use video when possible

  • Listen actively to others

  • Celebrate accomplishments

  • Invite collaboration

  • Show appreciation

  • Be available and open

  • Take virtual lunch breaks together

  • Allow time for small talks

  • Avoid gossip

  • Be authentic and consistent

Even if you are extremely introverted and dislike socializing, try a few interactive experiences to familiarize yourself with them in case you decide you want them in the future.

10. Be Positive

In all-remote settings, reading tone in written messages is difficult. The less face time you have with people, the more terse and short-tempered your message can be.

Everyone in remote work environments must be positive, to the point where it may appear that you are being overly positive.

 Embrace the exclamation point! Find your favorite emoji. You're going to need them :D 

11. Leave Work ‘At Work’ and Enjoy Your Evening As You Typically Would

This is one of the most difficult aspects of working from home, and it is something that all remote workers face on a regular basis.

How do you leave 'work' at work when you now work from home?

This is where a home office or a room's corner can be useful. Allow that room or writing desk to rest when you're no longer required to be online or in a meeting, knowing that you'll be back tomorrow.

To create a healthy separation that you can enjoy, use your couch or bedroom as places that are thus off-limits for work.

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