Many people are now working remotely. This arrangement offers workers greater flexibility, but it can also present challenges for maintaining productivity. Here are a few tips for staying productive while working at home.
1, Appropriate dress
Just because you’re working at home doesn’t mean you can stay in your pajamas or throw on a T- shirt and sweatpants. While you don’t need to dress in formal business attire and can wear something more comfortable, you should still dress for work.
It may seem like a small thing, but it has a big psychological effect. Taking off your pajamas in the morning and putting on your work clothes helps to fix your mindset into a work mode to get you psychologically ready for the effort required. It can have a big effect on your productivity.
While you may think it ludicrous that anyone would actually work in their pajamas, the fact is that many people do. A survey in Great Britain found that more than half of the people who work at home don’t get dressed in the morning.
2. Stick to a schedule
One of the perks of working at home is the flexibility it offers for when you work, but you still need to have a schedule if you want to stay productive, however you structure it.
A consistent routine is one of the most effective ways to maintain productivity.
3. Make connections
Working from home can be isolating, and this can affect your motivation. But there are many ways you can make connections with other people in your profession and maintain social contacts.
For example, you can participate in conferences remotely. And there are many social media sites you can visit to make and maintain professional contacts — Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn are a few examples
4. Have a dedicated work area
You should have a place in your home that is set aside just for work and nothing else. It should be a place that is reasonably quiet and free from distractions.
This will also help you to separate your work life from your personal life, your work from where you relax. When you go to your workspace, it will help to get you in the right frame of mind for working.
What you definitely should not do is work on a couch or in your bed because these are places where you generally relax. Rather than getting you geared up for working, going to these places will tend to put you in a more lethargic mood.
5. Set boundaries
When you’re working at home, the line between work and personal life can get a little blurred. For this reason, it’s important to set clear boundaries between work and personal time. You should set a time for when you are finished working for the day and then forget about work.