First things first, you need a set working day in order to get things going. In order to stay productive, it is very important to keep repetitive routines and have discipline in order to stick to them. That’s not to say you can’t be adaptable, but the initial routine needs to be established.
We suggest waking up one hour before the time you need to be online, and trying to keep it at a similar time every day, so your body clock gets used to it. Next would be to prepare yourself as usual for a normal working day in the office. This will help you to feel more alert and ready to start work. Creating an orderly routine with regular habits is sure to help and even giving yourself time restrictions on certain tasks will all contribute to better productivity.
Working from home doesn’t mean that now is the time to catch up on personal tasks to be done during working hours. Plan your time, allocate breaks in which you can be on social media, attend to housework, call a friend etc. And if possible, try to keep these breaks limited to 15 minutes, as the coffee/ cigarette break would take at work.
Make a daily plan of tasks you need to complete during the day. Have it written out in front of you, with the main activities highlighted in some way. This will bring a structure to your day and ensure that the most important tasks get done! The bets feeling is crossing out tasks when completed. It’s a great motivation and can also be a good way to track your progress.
When having breaks, make sure to get up from your desk. You could go out for lunch or just take a stroll to get some fresh air. Other breaks could be having a healthy snack, talking to someone or doing some stretching. These breaks will help you stay positive and be ready and eager to get more work done. Sometimes it’s also good to focus on something ele and then come back with a fresh perspective if your work is proving difficult to progress with.
Putting yourself in work mode starts with creating the right space in which to work from. Set up a desk where you feel comfortable and focused. Some of our main tip regarding your work space would be…
Minimize distractions- away from family members, low noise level, away from devices such as TV or other distractions,
Comfortable- have a good chair, work at a desk that makes your computer screen at eye level so you don’t have to lean over, good lighting, and a peaceful environment
Accessible- make sure what you need is at hand e.g. pens, notepads, work papers, devices, strong internet connection etc. Having what you need readily available will prevent unnecessary time wasted.