With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing, it is highly likely that many people will either start working from home or go back to working at home. While this can help greatly with your work/life balance (think of all that time not spent in traffic!), being at home can have more distractions than the office. If you’re finding it difficult to stay motivated throughout the day while working from home, here are some tips to help increase your productivity.
Choose Your Office Space Wisely
It is tempting to pick a room of the house that you and your family spend a lot of time in, because that’s where you feel comfortable, but it is important to find a quiet spot if you can. It also helps if the room is clean, organized, has a window, has little clutter and has plenty of space. Once you’ve found the perfect spot, claim it as your work area.
Take Brain Breaks
Spending too much time on one task (or tasks) can drain your energy and increase your mental fatigue. To increase your productivity, make sure to give your brain a break from time to time. It is recommended that you follow the 25 – 5 – 25 – 5 method: work for 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break, go back to the task for another 25 minutes and then another break.
Be Comfortable, But Not Overly So
This piece of advice needs to be taken with a grain of salt; you don’t want to be so comfortable that you doze most of the time. That being said, working in an uncomfortable position or piece of furniture can make the day drag on and reduce productivity. Make sure you have a good, nice chair to sit in and anything else that will help make you focus better.
At the start of each day, list everything you need to get accomplished. Once you’ve done that, prioritize the tasks based on urgency/due date and importance. Make sure you have everything you need to get your work done is available nearby. Then, do your tasks with purpose, crossing the items off the list as you go. At the end of the day, you’ll have visual proof of all that you got done.