For many entrepreneurs, remote work sounds like a dream come true - flexible working hours or freedom. Theoretically, pure pleasure. In practice, however, it turns out it’s extremely difficult to maintain concentration and, above all, productivity. Reduced productivity often results from procrastination and wasting time on stupidity, because... no one is watching us.
While working from home, we are constantly exposed to temptations and distractions. Theoretically, you would also think that it would be more convenient to work remotely with well-organized people than those with a more careless attitude. In fact, a character is not important here, and introducing a few simple rules to your daily ritual will improve your work efficiency, regardless of whether you are super-focused or not. Check the top six rules on how to stay productive and adapt them to your home office.
1. Organize your virtual workplace
A mess on the desktop will definitely not improve your productivity, so you need to order the desktop, folders and the cloud. You should have easy access to all materials so they have to be sorted. Organize separate folders to anything you work on - clients, individual projects/tasks should be described in detail along with their completion dates. In addition, it’s a good idea to describe all photos and graphics so that they correspond to the appropriate topics and tasks or texts. If your documents, desktop, and cloud require immediate intervention, devote an hour of time to organize them and you will see that you save a lot of time and often stress in the future. It all will result in better productivity.
2. Isolate the work area
The main enemy of productivity during remote work is mixing the work zone with the relaxation zone. Crazy tempting seems to include work from a comfortable and still warm bed or TV turned on in the background. Unfortunately, such behavior will quickly result in a drastic reduction in the effectiveness of your professional activities. So how to deal with these types of temptations? First of all, you must create a clear boundary between work-related and household matters. Even moving the most distracting objects to the length of your hand will make it easier for you to fight the distractions. Another good move is to invest in a screen that separates e.g. the desk where you work from the bed and the rest of the relaxation area, especially if your work office is connected to the bedroom.
3. Set a work schedule
Getting ready for work is something slightly different than getting started. Establishing a fixed schedule and daily routine will significantly contribute to maintaining productivity throughout the day. The well-planned day is half the battle. The first thing you should decide is when do you start. Whether it's five in the morning or just after lunch, remember to stick to it every day. After starting work, you should organize your daily routine in a way that suits you. You can also try to set a weekly schedule. Completing planned tasks will also influence your satisfaction at the end of the day.
4. Communicate with your co-workers
Working at home can be much more convenient than commuting to the office, but it can also be extremely insulating. You may not believe it, but these five-minute visits that interrupt the workflow in the office also help you feel part of the team. To fight the feeling of loneliness and isolation, especially in the age of pandemics, talk with team members through various types of communicators. Of course, you should talk about work, because this is not only a basic job requirement but also one way for people to know that you remain productive.
5. Dress up
Did you know that our clothes affect our level of productivity? Why is this happening? Clothes are symbolic and very strongly affect the level of self-confidence. What is more, researchers have observed a relationship between how much time we spend preparing for a meeting and the level of readiness to build relationships, also in business. It turns out that the longer we get ready, the more effective our networking is. And the main advantage - changing clothes after work allows you to keep your work-life balance.
6. Don't waste time cooking every day
Some people working remotely admit that the daily preparation of meals is really time-consuming. If we have a person who helps us, there is no problem. But what if we cannot count on such support? Then it's best to cook on Sunday evening for the whole coming week, divide the food into portions and store them in the freezer. Later, you can heat the meal in the microwave. On a weekly scale, you will save from a few to several hours! This method is successfully used by professional athletes or bodybuilders.
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