During the COVID-19 pandemic working from home became the new norm for many. Now many businesses have seen the advantages that working from home can create and the Office for National Statistic found that 24% of businesses intend to use increased homeworking. For some working from home may feel like a dream, however it can be challenging making the transition from a professional office workspace to the comfort of your own home. It can be a little too easy to let your productivity drop so here are our top 5 tips for remaining productive.
1. Create a routine
By creating a routine (and sticking to it) your body and mind will establish when it is time to work and when it is time to rest. If you do not create a schedule then you will be more inclined to take long breaks, not complete your work to the best of your ability and stop work early. If you start to break your routine often then try changing it up or creating several different routines depending on the day, week or workload.
2. Have a dedicated workspace
It is easy to stay in bed or on the sofa whilst working from home but try to create a more professional workspace, if possible get a desk set up. Preferably this space will be dedicated only to you so you’re able to shut out any other distractions. Keep your workspace clean so you can find everything you could need and allow the space to remain positive. If you can then splash out for a comfortable chair to keep good posture and any other extras that will elevate your space.
3. Take regular breaks
Working from home provides certain advantages, one of these being the ability to take regular breaks. If you try to force yourself to work for hours on end without breaks you will produce a lower standard of work and end up driving yourself crazy. Take breaks every hour but try to not let these breaks last longer than 20 minutes. Get some of your chores done in these breaks if you can, this will leave more time for relaxing once you have finished work!
4. Look after yourself
Make sure you keep your body and mind healthy by looking after yourself. Eat healthy meals before you start to work, keep hydrated, exercise when you can and make sure to stay connected with those that you care about. Taking time to clear your head and stay healthy will ultimately make you happier and more productive in every part of your life, especially work.
5. Create a To-Do List
It is easy to become distracted at home but by creating a To-Do list you will have a constant reminder of the tasks which you need to complete each day. Write in order of most important to least important so you can see what to prioritise. If you are organised, then there will be a better workflow and you are less likely to feel overwhelmed.
We hope you have found these simple tips useful to focus the mind.