By: AJ Chambers | 17 June, 2020

How to be productive when working from home

Many employees have now been urged to work from home and for many people, this has many perks, however, it is bad news for some. Yes, you’re allowed to work in comfy clothes and have a more flexible routine but when it comes to productivity, are you really make the most out of your day?

Here are 5 ways that will assure you make the most out of your working day, when working from home:

1. Structure your day

Plan your day similarly to a normal working day. It is easy to go off track when at home and with all the distractions. At the beginning of the day, write a list or put your day plan into a time calendar. It is great for monitoring how productive you really are being. Also, doing things like taking your lunch break the same time you would in the office helps too.

2. Find a quiet space to work

The location of where you choose to work can have a huge impact on your productivity. Avoid working in your bed or the sofa as it’s easy to become tired and distracted. It may be hard to switch off at the end of the day if your workspace is your comfort space. Find a dedicated space for working from home like a dining room or spare room.

3. Take breaks regularly

Taking regular breaks will also help your productivity when working from home. It is almost impossible to concentrate for hours on end so having breaks every so often will hep refocus you, even if it is to make a drink or have a snack. Also, leaving the house once a day for exercise or a walk can really benefit your productivity too. Being cooped up inside all day is not good for your mental health.

4. Do not completely isolate yourself

If you’re used to working in a busy office then working in complete silence may be a shock to your working pattern. Put the radio on for background noise or even work with another partner in the same room as if they’re your colleagues.

5. Know when to stop

By knowing what time you’re going to finish work it can help to avoid procrastination. It can be easy to get caught up in working overtime or even under time. By setting a time in the day when you aim to finish, it will help focus you on the jobs that need doing. A bit like if you were in the office. It’s just as important to switch off as it is to switch on.

It’s important to remember that everyone works differently and that if you are struggling to be productive, then to mix it up and find what works for you. Communicating with your employer is one of the most important things when working at home. Keep them updated and let them know how you’re doing. Working from home will not be for everyone however with the recent outbreak of COVID- 19 we are all having to adapt and self- discipline.

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