Do You Work From Home?
Working remotely is becoming a global trend. With close to half of working Americans saying they worked remotely at least some of the time, more and more of us need to figure out how to work well at home. Here are some tips on how to improve productivity when you work remotely.
Use a day timer to set up your tasks
Writing down your tasks and completing them gives you a sense of accomplishment. Use a day timer to write down the tasks you have to do every day so you don’t miss anything important.
Creating deadlines is one of the best ways to improve productivity. Self-imposed deadlines are especially important for large projects that need to be completed in the future. Rather than waiting until shortly before the project is due, break it down into manageable chunks and give each one a deadline. This will not only save you loads of issues at the end when the project is due, but it will also alert you to any potential problems that may arise.
Take regular breaks
It’s all too easy when you work remotely to work straight through, but taking regular breaks actually allows you to increase productivity. Short breaks improve your concentration during long tasks.
Have a defined space for working
If you need quiet for working, you probably need either a defined space, or you need to clear out your house when you want to work. Since forcing everyone out every time you have a deadline doesn’t usually work, creating a specific working space is probably your best option.
Your office should contain as much space as you need, preferably with a door you can close and a desk for your computer. Good lighting is important if you do video conferencing, while an office chair that forces you to sit properly is necessary if you want to avoid chiropractic visits.
Batch your tasks
Batching your tasks is another way to improve productivity. Consider doing similar tasks together. For example, respond to emails altogether rather than two every hour. Or if you have to write several documents, do them one after another. Your mind is already tuned into that task and it does improve productivity.
Taking a fitness break is great for improving productivity. Physical activity releases endorphins, which can be exactly what you need after sitting at a desk for several hours. Schedule times for a fitness break if you need to.
Turn off notifications in order to minimize interruptions. Those dings or pop ups can throw off your concentration and make you less productive. Check your email only a few times a day, such as at the beginning of the day, in the middle of the day, and at the end of the day in order to avoid losing your momentum.
If all else fails and you just can’t work well at home, you can probably find a co-working space in your city or town. They provide desks, WIFI, and some even have daycare available.
What are your tips to improve productivity when you work at home?
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