How to be Productive in Your Work From Home Job
Working from home isn’t something that appeals to all people. Some people thrive working in the comfort of their own home, whilst others struggle to be productive. Since this transition has become a reality for many, it’s important to be aware of how to be productive in your work from home job.
We’ve therefore put together a few tips on how to stay productive whilst working from home. Whether you’re part of the remote working crowd or not, these tips are beneficial to any working or studying individual.
- Set a Schedule
- Create a Designated Workspace
- Reduce Distractions
- Schedule Breaks
- Keep in Touch
Since you have broad overview, let’s unpack these tips a bit more …
Set a Schedule
In the traditional working world, you would usually clock in and out of the office at a certain time. However, now that your bedroom and ‘office’ are probably only a few metres apart, it’s vital that you take accountability and maintain a normal working routine and schedule. This is one of the first things you should tackle when wanting to be more productive in your work from home job.
When deciding on a schedule, it’s important to keep in mind the balance between life and work. For example, if your start time is 9am, ensure that your daily life activities, such as eating breakfast or walking the dog are completed before 9am. This allows you to then focus solely on work, maximising your productivity.
Create a Designated Workspace
Although some may beg to differ, working on your laptop in bed is probably not the place you’re going to be most productive. When wanting to be productive in your work from home job, ensure you create a designated workplace. Whether it be a desk in the corner of your bedroom or a section of the dining table, these spaces will allow for better productivity than your bed.
If you’re interested in taking it a step further, follow our guide on how to improve your home office.
This is relevant in the traditional office space, but more so at home. It can be extremely difficult to focus on your work and be productive if you are easily distracted by things around you. To limit this, turn off/put aside other non-work devices and try to actively focus on the work you should be doing. A good way of staying on track is to follow a to-do list.
No one is able to work for hours on end without taking breaks. And if you are able to, it’s likely that you’re not being as productive as you could be. Let’s be honest, staring at a computer screen for 8 hours a day is not going to do any service for your eyes, nor your brain. Therefore, in order to maintain productivity in your work from home job, it’s essential to schedule breaks. These can be anything from looking out the window for 5 minutes, going for a walk outside or making a cup of coffee.
Keep In Touch
With not being in the office, comes the unfortunate downside of not being within arm’s reach of fellow colleagues. It’s therefore so important to keep in touch and check in with your colleagues. It’s also vital that you stay connected to others within the company to keep up to date with what’s happening in the business. An easy way to do this is through daily stand ups or weekly meetings. There are so many communication platforms available. Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Slack and Google Meet to name a few.
Although working from home may have its disadvantages, there are so many ways to stay motivated and focused. With these tips from ShoppingFeeder, you’ll be set for being productive in your work from home job!
If these tips worked for you, let us know in the comment section!