All across the world, people are finding themselves working from home for the first time. Anyone who has done it themselves will know that it can be difficult to stay productive surrounded by so many distractions and comforts of home.
In this guide, we are going to cover three simple and effective strategies for maintaining a highly productive output, whatever type of work you do, when you are working from home.
Give Structure to Your Day with a Routine and Rules
Self-discipline is the key to success, and if you don’t set yourself some rules and stick to a routine it will be easy to fall into the trap of waking up late and wasting time in front of the television.
Structure your day, with a strict waking up time on workdays and set times for breaks and lunch. Make sure they break up your day in a way that helps you. Waiting until later for lunch, for instance, can help you stay productive in the afternoons, with the end of the day closer. Don’t forget to take regular breaks, to rest your eyes from too much screen time and avoid getting fatigued or burnt out.
Try Blocking Social Media During Work Hours
Social media uses up a lot of our time; more than we realise. It is incredibly easy to lose a lot of time scrolling through tweets and Instagram posts when you should be working.
There are software and apps available that can help you with this. These blocking apps prevent you from being able to access social media sites during set hours. You can block yourself from social media and remove the temptation, with the help of one of these simple apps and web browser add-ons.
Define Your Workspace at Home
You cannot be productive from a couch. If you use a laptop or tablet to get your work done, it can be tempting to sit down on your sofa and work from a coffee table, but this is really bad for productivity as well as posture.
Make a home office space to work from. This will help you to stay focussed on your tasks and will also be more convenient as you can keep the things you need within reach. It also helps keep your home tidy and your work life organised instead of scattered all over your home.
Height-adjustable desks are a great ergonomic solution to working from home. HADO has a range of height-adjustable desks to suit all styles and needs, so you can find the perfect desk to suit your space and your body, one that lets you work comfortably from your new home office.
Working from home doesn’t need to have a negative impact on your productivity. Rather, it should be an opportunity to increase your output while you thrive in comfortable and familiar surroundings.
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