Working at Home – 5 Tips on Staying Productive

Are you just starting out working at home? Well you're not going to be alone. Especially right now.

There's been a lot of changes going on the world of business in the last few weeks and months.

The Covid-19 virus has caused a certain amount of, almost, full blown panic for some. Others, just taking it in their stride. Getting on with business the best we can, and obviously making sure that we continue to show up for our customers and fans, for the people that we are serving, just like we usually would.

However, there might be a situation where we have got to change things a little bit. When we have too self-isolate, and practise “social distancing” a little bit. There’s the word of the year right there!

Many of you may have been doing this on a part-time basis, or in some way shape or form up to this point. The current situation may mean you're going to go all in on working at home. Keeping yourself and your family safe in the process.

So here are my top 5 tips on staying productive whilst working at home.

Tip 1 - Maintain regular work hours

I cannot stress this enough. It’s easy to have that flexibility of working at home almost overtake what you are doing day to day.

Trust me I have been there. I have done that myself.

The fact of the matter is keeping a solid working schedule is without a doubt the number one thing you need to do to stay productive.

If you are going to start at 8am and finish at 4pm then you must make sure that's on your schedule.

Remember if it doesn't get scheduled it doesn't get done. Plain and simple. Make sure you keep a very regular working schedule.

Tip 2 – Boundaries

When you are sharing your home with other people, it can cause productivity issues.

Set those ground rules before you start working. So the people you are sharing the house with understand what you need from them.

While you are in work mode - if the door is shut you cannot enter - that person is working.

Have set meal times to enable you to take a break with those you live with. Respect lunch times - and respect time either side of the break window so that you can stay productive.

When you are at work you are at work - Have them understand and respect that.

Tip 3 - Stay social

The good news is that we can stay social. To stay productive, it’s important to have a balance of a social life and getting stuff done.

Video conferencing tools like Zoom, Skype, or even FaceTime make it easy to keep the social aspects of work life going.

Turn off notifications for small periods of the day to really focus and plough through tasks.

Then take a scheduled break to interact. Virtual coffee break before you start in the morning or virtual glass of wine at the end of the day anyone?

Tip 4 - Keep work space clean

Try and keep your workspace as clean and tidy as possible. It really will make a big difference to your mindset.

Clear up after your end of the day review, you'll be ready to start the next day knowing exactly what needs to be done. Not moving around a huge pile of papers, wondering where to start.

Keeping your area clean, tidy and relaxing makes you far more likely to want to be there!

Tip 5 - Keep a positive attitude

We are very blessed to live in a time of civilisation where we can do exactly what we are doing right now communicating with each other via the internet.

Now obviously there is a lot of uncertainty, but we have all the tools and all the apparatus that we need to get our work done. To serve our customers, but also that we can continue to earn a living for those we love and hold dear to our hearts.

So be positive about that, don't become a Debbie Downer, don't become negative about the situation.

You have much more control over working from home in the current climate we are in worldwide, that you probably think that you do at this moment in time, perhaps?

A lot of is down to mindset. How we see certain situations, and what we do to almost rise above them.

 

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