For many of us, working from home is the dream scenario – waking up at 8:55, walking downstairs in your PJ’s and enjoying a cup of coffee while perusing emails. Indeed, this working situation is becoming more common, with research suggesting those who work outside the office are more satisfied with their jobs and argue less with family members.
Of course there are downsides; many home workers find it hard to motivate themselves, letting lunch breaks turn into afternoons off and 9:00 starts turn into 10:30 starts.
If you are working from home, the following tips should tackle productivity issues and help you make the most of your situation:
- Create a designated workspace and use the area for work only. Try to keep it out of the bedroom so you don’t associate sleep with work.
- Set a schedule and stick to it. Ensure you let friends and family members know these are your working hours and that you can’t run errands etc. during this time.
- Change your view every now and then. Sometimes just taking your laptop to a coffee shop and changing your view can inspire new ideas and creativity.
- Check personal emails and social networks at designated times. Try to limit yourself to a couple of times a day, no matter how distracting that Facebook notification may be.
- Take regular breaks. One benefit of working from home is that you get to choose your breaks; try taking regular short breaks and walk around/stretch to boost productivity.
- Remember to interact with others – organise a weekly social with the office team to catch up and don’t forget to switch off in the evenings and at weekends.
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