The world of work has changed in many ways due to the COVID19 pandemic. For instance, working from home has become so popular, with many businesses adapting to it. Statistics reveal that working from home is likely to boost productivity in the US by 5%, making it a significant way of working. If you’re working from home, it’s essential to create the ideal environment to enhance productivity. Here are a few practical ways to do so.
Create a dedicated workspace
Having a designated space to work will help boost your concentration and create a healthy working atmosphere. You can use your spare room or an area that isn’t too noisy or distracting. To give the space an office feel, you can try some motivating hangings that will keep you inspired. Carbide drills will make it easier for you to create holes in your wall to place the hangings there. Aside from having a dedicated work area, it’s best also to set aside specific hours to work and let your family know, so they give you the time and space you need to concentrate fully.
Set daily goals
Setting clear goals will guide you in your daily tasks and help you know what to prioritize. You can have a dedicated daily planner or journal to help you do this. Listing your objectives will make it easy for you to cross out the ones you have achieved and remind you of the ones you need to deal with urgently. Having goals will also enable you to evaluate your productivity when the day ends and identify what you need to do differently to achieve your goals.
Handling work from home can be stressful, especially when combined with your other daily activities. Therefore, it’s essential to take a few minutes off to stretch, have lunch, take in some fresh air, or have a quick nap to refresh and prepare you for your next task. Doing this will also help keep you calm even if you have several deadlines to meet and reduce the pressure you usually feel under the workload.
Working from home may decrease your likelihood of meeting others face to face. However, you can still maintain the human element by making a conscious effort to stay connected with your colleagues. Thankfully, many platforms, such as Zoom, Google Meet, etc., make this easy. Virtual meetings and phone calls will help establish and sustain teamwork and help keep you accountable to your colleagues to keep you in check. Also, staying connected will help you stay motivated when you’re feeling overwhelmed with work and help minimize the risk of feeling isolated. Furthermore, remember to occasionally check on your colleagues as well to find out how they’re doing.
The tips listed above will enable you to give off your best and keep distractions to the barest minimum while working from home, whether you’re running your own business or working for a company.
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