Working from home sounds really cool, mostly for others who aren’t working from home. Because, you wake up whenever you want, no dress-code, sit wherever and above all, there is no boss to shout over you. The whole thing sounds so cool and one can’t resist to take the pleasure. But it is not as easy as it actually sounds. Of course, there’s fun but, your work productivity can be dropped down to the ground.
You wake up at ten, get a pizza and with a mug of coffee in one hand, you switch on your computer to start working in your pajamas. You work for an hour and suddenly, as someone pokes you on Facebook, you keep chatting for the next three hours and when you come back, it’s time for lunch. After having too much of it, you take a deep day-nap and finally get up after four hours. Time to go out with friends. You come back after three hours and look at the clock, it’s already night. You might not want to miss this episode of Friends or The Bing Bang Theory. And finally when you look back, zero-productivity.
To work from home, you need to work more effectively, stay organized and follow some techniques. You can then watch TV programs, do your work, spend time with your girlfriend and party. Today, I am going to give you some effective and productivity tips for working from home.
Working from home? Here are some handy productive tips
Maintain A Schedule
Of course, you can wake up and work at your time of convenience. But let it be organized. Set yourself to some working hours and work during those hours. You may not have to keep it for the boring, routine, stereotype 9-5. You can set the timings according to your own comfort level and work.
Also having a plan will ensure you get more things done. You can use Productivity planner or use a simple pen-paper but have a plan before you start your day. Just make a note of most important 3-5 things you need to get done before the end of the day.
When you’re working from home, everything looks like distracting you. Your partner, parents, neighbors and even your pet. Most of the corporate employees So, the most important point to note down before you start working from home is let there by any distractions where you work. Ask your parents/partner, not to disturb you unless in emergency. This can boost your focus on the work you are doing.
If you have a seperate room then lock it. Imagine you are in office and communicate the same to everyone at home. Be it your mother or wife who knocks every now and then for food. Or even if it’s your cute nephew or niece who are hard to resist. You can set an hour or two as a break time and spend that time to your family. This kind of discipine will help you in the rainy days.
People feel, the best perk of working from home is working in your favorite pajamas. Well, experts and successful people who work from home say that you need to dress-up and sit for working. This prepares your mind-set for the work. When you are still in your pajamas with the keyboard on your laps, you still feel dizzy and may want a sleep. Again!
More over, shower is the first thing you take in the morning. Also, when you are dressed well, you don’t have to worry about looking ugly on an impromptu video call.
Clean Your Desk
It is always advised to have a tidy workplace, if you ever want to work better. And why do you think, offices are so shiny all the time? Having a clean desk/workplace will let you focus more effectively. Even things around you can disturb you, sometimes. Clean up your workplace/desk before ending your workday. When you come up the next morning with a mindset, you will not go off, then.
Take Regular Breaks In-Between
When you set five complete hours for working without a break. Do consider some little breaks in-between. However, if you know the pomodoro technique, it is highly recommended.
If you don’t know what it is; Pomodoro is the technique where you should work for twenty five minutes continuously and then take a break. It works with a twenty-five minute countdown timer. You can then take a little break, come back and then proceed with the same. You can use tools like Focus booster which will help you to manage your time effectively.
Well, it is mostly used and applied to writers. Maybe, if your work is not so different, this can really help you. If you are a writer, you ought to read how to concentrate on writing.
Even if you work from home, have a separate living area and work space. When you have your work computer beside your bed, you may always want to sleep or maybe, you want to work on your bed itself. This really drags out your focus and work productivity. So, always separate your workplace from your living area.
Do NOT Work Daily
If you work in an office, you have weekend holidays and some others, occasionally. Now, even if you are working from home, you should take occasional holidays. But make sure, you are not leaving your work in the middle. Do complete your work and go for the ride. It is really essential to have rest and refreshment. Else, you cannot show up yourself when you work all the time sitting on your computer. Besides, you have a personal life. Go, live it!
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Have A To-do List
Even if you are not working from home, you should have a to-do list or a day-schedule if you want to improve your productivity. Make a list of all the things that you are supposed to do on that very day. This will help you in organizing your work timings and the time to manage your personal life and things.
Here are the tools you can use for maintaining to-do list:
Maintain Good Relations
It is often said that working-from-home people have a limited exposure to the outside world. The computer, your desk and your cell phone become your only friends. This can make you a freak. Besides, if you get used to the lonely life, you may or may not get adjusted to this social world. So, keep in touch with your friends, go out and have some parties. This can refresh you and will also help you in concentrating on your work, again.
You should schedule a few calls with people in your industry and be in touch with them. Even though there is no agenda, but having a fixed weekly call is something that will help you stay social and its great for your overall growth.
You can use tools like Calendly, Zoom.us, and a few others to manage and have video calls.
Over to you:
Tell me, from your experience of working from home, under what conditions do you feel like working and the converse?
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