We are now on Stage 3 Restrictions which has meant many of us are now working remotely from home. Having a home-based business is not without its disadvantages though – there are lots of distractions if you are not focused, not sticking to a schedule of tasks or setting out to complete goals.
Here are three tips that can help you work productively from home:
1. Schedule your day
Ensure that you plan what you’re going to be working on the day before, so you can set realistic expectations of what you’re likely to achieve. For each task, indicate a time limit so you’re not spending too much of your time on something that doesn’t warrant it. The benefit of working from home is being able to juggle work with life, so don’t feel guilty for throwing some of your life admin into your day. Put on a load of washing while you finish a task, but make sure it’s not while you’re in your productive groove!
2. Make a work friendly home office
When people think of working from home, they often picture someone in their pyjamas or ‘trackies’ on a couch or working from bed. While that sounds comfortable, it’s not conducive to being productive. Make sure you create an area in your home, whether it’s on your dining table or in another room on a proper desk, that’s ergonomically friendly and a spot you can stay at all day long.
3. Make time to move
When working from home, your movement levels decrease in a drastic way. Ensure that you’re factoring in movement throughout the day to keep productivity high. It’s not just good for the body, but for the mind too. Schedule in time to move away from your desk – whether it’s a walk around the block, a stroll to grab a coffee or to get lunch. You’ll think so much clearer once you’ve stepped away from what you’re doing for a quick break – but don’t get distracted by TV or Netflix.
Stay safe and have a great day!