Productivity And Working From Home

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It’s fair to say that these are the most challenging times some of us have seen in our lifetime. With so much uncertainty in the air and the way we live our lives changing so drastically, it’s even being compared to times of war. Amongst all of this, we do believe it is possible to stay productive and do our best work. To do so we have to adapt to change. As bosses or workers, we need to be ready to learn and polish some new skills. 

I saw an infographic yesterday from the team at PlanetK2 which started with “Put on your own oxygen mask first”. This really resonates with us as we have to ensure commercial focus is given equal exposure to individual wellbeing.

How do we do this? How do we maintain the level of productivity and wellbeing for ourselves and our teams? There are many things at play here so today we are focussing on environment and leadership.

Top 6 Working from Home Tips

1) Build a Permanent Work Space

The first step in your “work from home” journey is to designate an area of your home, specifically for getting work done.This could be an empty or spare bedroom that you convert to a home office. If you are pressed for space, you can set up a desk for your computer and office supplies.Regardless of space or location, establish an area of your home where you will work, and commit to working in this space every day. Be sure your workspace is quiet so you can focus on the task at hand.

2) Update Your To-Do List Every Mornings

When working from home and you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck, it can be challenging to keep track of what you have to do throughout your workday. It’s easy to lose sight of priorities, tasks, and deadlines.Start your day by reviewing priorities for the day. When you make your task list, stick to it. It’s tempting to just leap into your email, but with a little extra focus, you can move the needle while working from home.Set goals and time limits for each task. After you complete each task, cross it off the list. This simple technique is both effective and fulfilling.

Stay on task by quickly writing down all the things that need to get done at the start of each day.

3) Develop a Morning Routine

Another enjoyable perk of working from home is not having to get up, rush out of the house, and commute to an office.However, working from home doesn’t mean you get to skip your morning routine altogether. Since you’ll likely be cooped up indoors, take a brief walk around the block to take in the fresh air.

Get up early, take a shower, make your coffee and breakfast, and prepare your lunch, just like you have to leave the house.

4) Exercise & Stretch Regularly

Exercise naturally boosts endorphins, which increases happiness, enjoyment, and interest levels, all of which are important for productivity.Regularly stretching helps you maintain great posture. At a minimum, stretch  throughout the day so you don’t get sore or hinder your quality of life.You can also leave yourself motivational sticky notes by your bed, so they are the first thing you see and read in the morning. We recommend exercising in the morning when you have fewer objections and a longer payoff throughout the day.

If your day allows, take a lunch break and go for a walk, go to the gym, or stretch.

5) Eat Healthy Meals & Snacks

Another work from home reality is that we have full access to the kitchen. So, when it’s time for lunch or a snack break, we are immediately drawn to the usual snacks, such as chips, cookies, or leftover pizza.When we work in an office, we are at the mercy of whatever is available in the cafeteria or whatever lunch we brought from home.However, research has shown that eating fruits and vegetables has a direct link on overall productivity levels. You can also avoid buying unhealthy snacks altogether. With extra planning, you can purchase more nutritional snacks on Amazon rather than buying on impulse.Reward yourself with a sweet snack on Friday after a successful and productive week.
If you are an avid snacker, then make it a point to make yourself a healthy lunch, just as you would if you had to go into an office.

6) Take Short Breaks

Although we have focused most of this article on how to stay productive while working from home, sometimes the opposite can happen. We think that by working from home, we will be able to get more done because there will be fewer distractions. Therefore, sometimes we end up over-committing and working too much, which also kills productivity.Although taking breaks might seem counterproductive, research has shown that taking short breaks can actually increase productivity and creativity levels. If you don’t have a work-life balance, then you won’t last too long working at home.

You can easily avoid this by working short, five-minute breaks into your daily schedule, or even make them a part of your rewards system.

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