How to Stay Productive When Working from Home
No morning commute, no stopping by your colleague’s desk to say hello, no lunch at your favourite cafe around the corner from your office, the daily routine is feeling much different for many employees as the world works to contain COVID-19. If working from home is creating challenges for you, we may just be able to help. We have tips to help you stay productive, healthy and sane as you settle into your new normal.
Keep a regular routine
When working from home, it is important to establish a regular routine before you sit at your desk, ready for the working day ahead. When working in the office you most likely have a routine where you get up, have a shower, get dressed and have some breakfast. Sticking with that same routine every day will help you stay productive by waking you up properly and encouraging a ‘getting ready for work’ state of mind, just like you usually would when going to the office.
It can be tempting to work for hours at a time without taking a break - especially if you’re comfortable where you are, but it’s important to establish regular breaks throughout your day. Schedule your lunch break, and where possible go out for some exercise (following latest government advice). Breaks will keep you refreshed and give you time away from your screen, meaning you’re less likely to feel like your day is dragging. Once the working day is over, switch off your work related apps and relax, spend time with your family, catch up with friends through video calls or engage in a hobby.
Tons of research shows continuously switching between tasks weakens our memories and concentration skills, along with our ability to filter out unnecessary information. To prevent this multitasking, set a timer for each task. This keeps you committed to a single piece of work and doesn’t let your focus and attention dwindle. As a result, you can complete that task much faster.
Talk, talk, talk
During these isolating times talking to someone may keep you on track, not to mention calm and less likely to go nuts. So pick and choose which work conversations would be better over the phone or in a video meeting, and go for it. If nothing else, you’re making sure people you used to see every day are doing okay, and maybe that verbal collaboration will lead to more positivity for working from home.
Is your internet up to the job?
The closure of schools has resulted in many parents homeschooling and this has caused a surge in the use of online learning, there may also be people in your home who are on furlough or having more time for entertainment during the day who are using streaming services like Netflix & online gaming. These activities could be causing a strain on your bandwidth, so it is vital to have a reliable internet connection that can handle the increased load and won’t cause you online delays.
During this difficult time, we are providing a solution ‘Office in a Box’ which includes an internet connection of up to 80Mbps and VoIP telephony to enable you to stay connected. This means you can carry on working away in your designated place with your favourite cosy jumper, whilst everyone else in the household is also doing what they want to do online, without any disruptions. To find out more please get in touch.
In conclusion, having a routine, minimising distractions and communicating with your team makes it much easier to stay focused and productive while working at home. These fundamental changes in working patterns could well be a catalyst for positive change as the world adjusts to a new normal, but only time will tell.