Working from home has been considered the norm, but it isn’t easy to always remain productive. Most job seekers often lookout for jobs with this availability to work remotely where applicable because of its many benefits, especially given the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic globally. But this can sometimes lead to burnout and you are left wondering how to improve your productivity.
While working from home can be seen as a huge flex for most people, maintaining focus and drawing the line between when work starts and when work ends can be difficult. As opposed to what man people believe, remote work can be quite stressful and not as productive. Truth is, it’s easy to feel burnt out and lose focus when the right steps are not taken towards remote work. So, how can you out in your best to be more productive and work more efficiently you ask?
Not to worry, I’ve got your back. In this article, I’ll be sharing a few tips that have helped me improve my productivity while I work from home.
The 3 Simple Steps To Improve Your Productivity
You probably would have come across a long list of things being recommended for productivity that may be hard to keep up with. Here, I’ll be starting with the basics of improving your productivity at home, nothing too complex.
Start with A To-Do List
Believe it or not, starting your day with a to-do list will change your approach to how you take on the tasks for the day. I daresay this is a game-changer that works for me. Take out a notepad and a pen and before you start anything write down a list of things you would like to accomplish at the end of the day. You can prepare your to-do ahead the previous day or write it out early in the morning – I like to prepare mine the night before because I randomly remember things.
A to-do list gives you perspective on the activities for the day and helps prepare your mind for the taste ahead. And just like setting goals, your to-do list needs to be realistic. You need to write out specific tasks that can be achieved within a realistic timeframe for the day.
Have A Work Space
Creating a workstation within your home will help your mind stay on track. The area designated as a workspace helps your brain get in the mood for work. It’s just like when you leave your home to go to the office, your brain tells you that it is a workspace and so you need to get as much work done as possible. Doing this helps you focus on the task at hand and thereby improves your productivity. It also ensures that you have some space if your work requires any form of physical activity with enough room.
A simple set up of a desk and a chair will just about serve the purpose. No matter what it is you do, creating a workstation will help put your mind in the right work mental space. My simple home office setup went a long way in improving my productivity and also making it more comfortable to work from home.
Like any other work setup, remember to take breaks in between. This will clear any brain fog that may occur due to prolonged hours of work. I have recently made it a point to take breaks and not see rest as a taboo – lol. one of the things about remote work is that the work hours are extended. You tend to work longer hours than if you were going to an office every day. This long hours of work with no rest will surely take its toll on the body. And honestly, you don’t want to break down before getting some rest, the recovery can be rough.
Taking breaks helps clear and refresh your mind. It relieves you of any form of tension that can be good for your mental and physical wellbeing. taking a break will improve your productivity and ensureyou are in the best state of mind in the long run.
There are other ways to boost productivity and some are more unique to individuals than others. You should also discover what works best for you to increase productivity. Also, remember that productivity is relative for people. Remember to be kind and patient with your self always.