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How To Be Productive When You’re Working From Home

Working from home is usually thought of as a perk at most companies, but lately it’s become a requirement.

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the country and the world, many businesseshave asked or required employees to work remotely.

Working from home can be fantastic. You don’t have to deal with a commute, a uniform, or the fuss of annoying colleagues. You might even be able to make your own schedule.

Here’s the thing though. It can be difficult to settle into the daily grind when you’re only moving from your bed to your desk and you have the option to stay in your pajamas all day.

Following are some tips on how you can harness all the positives of working from home to have productive and industrious workday during the pandemic:

Create an office space

Even if you aren’t lucky enough to have a home office, create an official workspace for yourself with everything you need, such as your laptop, phone, files, and whatever else. This will help get you into the working mindset when you’ve got to get down to business.

Even if it’s just a desk in the corner or your tidy kitchen table, having a proper workspace is much better than flopping down on the couch while you work.

Get dressed

Getting dressed in the morning is a signal that the day has begun and you’re officially “on,” something which is easy to forget when you work from home. You don’t have to put on a suit and do your hair, but by putting your pajamas away and changing into something fresh, even if it is a fresh pair of sweatpants, you’re telling your brain that work is about to begin.

Research suggests that this simple change can trigger much higher productivity in-home workers.

Don’t eat where you work

Make sure to set apart time for lunch and get away from your workspace when you aren’t working. Make an effort to eat elsewhere, and get out of the house on your breaks when possible, so that you return to work with fresh eyes.

Don’t sit down and eat in front of your computer and browse the internet. It can make it harder to get back on track.

Play office sounds

Working at home lets you have more freedom than you would in an office; you can chat to whoever else is at home, play music out loud, or even sink into the silence of an empty house. But these things can easily become distractions. Try sticking in your headphones and listening to office sounds on YouTube. The familiar sounds of a work environment will put you in the right mindset for a productive day.

Can’t go to a coffee shop because you’re social distancing or your usual spot is closed? Check out Coffitivity, an app that plays the sounds of your favorite java joint.

Go for a Walk 

When in doubt, go for a walk if you can. While officials are recommending socially distancing, you can still take a walk outside by yourself to clear your head, and also get your blood flowing.

Make sure your internet connection works

Make sure you test your internet connection before you really start working from home. If you regularly have problems with your internet, you might think about setting up amobile hotspot so that you can connect to the internet wif you experience any outages.

You can typically purchase a hotspot plan through your cell phone provider, allowing you to hook up to the internet almost anywhere, or you can buy a mobile hotspot online. A hotspot is basically a portable internet router which allows you to use data from your cellular plan to connect your laptop or computer to the internet remotely.

A lot of companies require a Virtual Private Network (VPN) in order for employees to securely access programs and files outside the office. If you need to set up a VPN to work from home, make sure you set it up before you set up a home office.

Make sure you’re able to video conference

People have spent 5.5 million minutes in meetings on Cisco’s video conferencing platform in March, according to Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins. And that’s just one platform.

As more people work from home, you may need to rely more on video conferencing technology. Download any video conferencing tools your company might use such as Google Hangouts, Zoom, or Skype.

If you don’t have a webcam, you may also want to order one online.  Seeing your coworkers, and vice versa, can help everyone feel more connected in a virtual workplace.

Also, consider creating a designated place where you take video calls so that you’re not interrupted by roommates or loved ones. And keep co-workers aware of any background noise or distractions on their end of the video calls.

Stay accountable

One of the biggest killers of productivity when working from home is letting yourself get away with procrastination. When there’s no one watching you or checking up on your work, it’s easy to sit back and spend the afternoon watching videos or hanging out in bed.

Try setting up a reward system for yourself while you work for home. Tell yourself you’ll go for a walk or watch that video once you finish a certain task.

You might also want to consider setting up a daily or weekly check-in with your manager or team to hold yourself accountable. You’ll probably stay on track with your tasks if you know you’ll be checkin in with a manager regularly.

If you live with loved ones or roommates, help each other stay accountable by not distracting one another and encouraging each other to stay focused.

Test out some free time management apps such as Rescue Time which provides reports on how you’re spending time on your computer, or Remember The Milk which helps with project management. Make sure you attend all of your meetings, even if they’re virtual meetings.

By getting your routine into shape, you’ll be getting work done while also loving your workspace.

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Essentials You Need to Know About Working from Home

With the global pandemic of COVID-19, most people are either working or planning to start working from home. Numerous companies and businesses are encouraging their employees to work from home. If you are not employed, you can make money from home to support your family during these trying times. To get you started, follow the following tips:

1.     Know your style

Working from home is different, and you will encounter numerous challenges that require you to work differently. For effectiveness, you need to know our work style. For instance, are you productive in the morning or afternoon hours? Do you prefer silence or having music in the background? You need to figure your style to save time and become more productive.

2.     Create your workplace

You do not need to invest a lot of money or have a home office. However, you need to plan effectively to create your workplace. Buy some furniture, install WI-FI, and other essential equipment. Remember, if you have limited space, you need to design and plan effectively or create a semi-permanent workplace to economize on space.

3.     Create a working schedule

Working from home is hard and challenging if you have kids or pets. You need to complete chores every day, not to mention dealing with your kids or other members of your family. Ergo, create a working schedule to determine what you will be doing at specific times of the day. A working plan saves time and improves effectiveness because you lay out specific duties and responsibilities for the day.   

4.     Watch your physical and mental well-being

You will get tired and stressed, especially if you are working for long hours. Ergo, keep in touch with your colleagues, friends, and family members for your mental well-being. Additionally, you need to work out regularly to stay safe. There are numerous sites and apps you can use to stay active, healthy, and fit.

Finally, eating a healthy diet is essential to stay healthy. Research thoroughly on the internet to eat healthy food. Consulting with a dietician or a nutritionist is advisable to determine what you should eat or avoid while working from home.   

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