With the nation in lockdown as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ripple through the country, many employees across all industries are having to work from home. For many, this is a new experience and as a result, it can often be difficult for these individuals to remain productive.
With so many distractions around, from children and pets to noisy neighbours and even the bin men, staying productive in the home office is a challenge. Below, we’ve compiled some great tips and tricks to help you to be successful in a work-from-home environment.
Pretend Like You Are Going Into The Office
There is a psychological association between work and the office environment which can make you feel more productive, and this can easily be lost at home to morning sluggishness and a prolonged breakfast.
When working from home, you should continue with your normal work routine: set your alarm, get dressed into proper work attire (or as close as possible), and have a dedicated work environment which allows you to separate yourself from the rest of the house.
Structuring your day as if you were in the office can also be beneficial in maintaining productivity. Stay on schedule, book virtual meetings and calls into your calendar and even set reminders to move onto the next task if required.
In the current situation, many employees are at home with their families – which typically means kids, partners, parents and pets are all there to distract you from your work routine. While this can sometimes be difficult to avoid, it isn’t just people who can distract you from your workload.
In fact, many people find that working from home results in more time being spent scrolling through social media platforms or on their mobiles. If you do not require your mobile for work purposes, then move this to a separate part of the room or even a different part of the house!
Remove social networks and any other non-work-related websites which you may subconsciously begin scrolling through from any toolbars you may have on your computer. Eliminating the gateway to these distractions can help you to stay on track.
Work When You’re At Your Most Efficient
The expression ‘if you want something done, ask a busy person’ is never truer than when it comes to working from home. Overcommitting on workloads can often seem like a tedious and counterproductive task, but the busier you are, the more efficient you actually start to become with your workload. Every person, whether they are in the office or working from home, will have their own flow of motivation throughout the day. Work out when these are and capitalise on these productive periods.
One of the biggest concerns with working from home, particularly during this surreal isolation period the UK is currently experiencing, is becoming disconnected.
No matter the reason why you’re working from home – whether a requirement or a luxury, it’s important to check in with your colleagues. There are a number of technologies which can help you to do this, whether this is a simple phone call or a team video conference to help you to stay up to date.
Tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Slack, Google Hangouts and more can help to remove distance from your colleagues and keep you organised and productive.
As you can see, there are a number of tips and tricks which can help you to stay productive when working from home. Working to full capacity, maintaining your routine and staying connected can help you to remain in full control while in a work-from-home environment.