Working from home is the new norm in the age of COVID-19- around the world. While working from home frees up a lot of time that you would otherwise have spent doing the routine-work. This pandemic on the bright side, has given us an opportunity to deal with our challenges, introspect, and work upon ourselves in the manner we never could earlier when working from home.
It is important now more than ever that you remain productive while working from home. If you are new to this, you may have realised by now that motivating yourself to work efficiently when you are surrounded by all of the comforts and distractions in your own home can oftentimes be a real challenge.
To make sure that you are able to remain as productive as possible even when you are forced to work away from the office, here are five useful tips you can use:
- Establish a morning routine:
Routines and productivity go hand-in-hand. While being forced to work from home when you are not used to doing so can certainly upend your routine. It is important to re-establish a morning routine as quickly as possible. Wake up at the same time every morning, get dressed and ready for work just like you would do if you are going to the office, do whatever else you typically do in the morning for work, and then get started.
If you establish such routine, you can quickly go back into productive rhythm that prepares you and for work ahead each morning.
- Create a designated work area:
As tempting it might be to work from your bed or living room recliner, creating a designated work area that at least resembles the type of area you are used to working from is something that is sure to make you much productive.
- Stay connected:
Even if staying connected with your colleagues is not an absolute requirement for your job- which, in many cases, it will be – it is still a good idea to keep in touch with them and stay up-to date on their progress. You should not let distance throw a wrench in your productivity especially when numerous video conferencing and collaboration tools re-available at your disposal today.
- Work your normal hours:
These are the hours that your mind and body have become accustomed to working over the years and they are the hours when you are certain to be most productive. Working during these hours is sure to get you to be your more confident, creative and disciplined version.
- Set firm boundaries
Working from home can be a real challenge when alongside friends, family and close ones at all times. While staying connected with them especially in these difficult times is important, working while being present in most comfortable space is equally important. This can act as a distraction but that is where comes the responsibility of drawing firm boundaries between work and family hours, eliminating distractions and sticking to it.
Productivity is, more than anything, the result of discipline. Protecting the personal domain from all kinds of leashes and knowing when to do so, is important. Such discipline can only be acquired when you can integrate discipline, determination and the will to complete the task within your daily schedule, irrespective of the place you are in.
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