5 Tips to Help With Productivity When Working From Home

By Anush Pervez

5 Tips To Help With Productivity When Working From Home

 

Although remote working has been on the rise for some time now, COVID-19 caused for a surge in the number of people working from home and while this has it perks, working from home can also make it challenging to focus, decreasing productivity levels. Of course, even in an office environment you would procrastinate, everyone does it, but it’s even more important to push past the distractions when you have limited to 0 interactions with your colleagues and managers. So, how can you overcome procrastination when working from home?

 

Continue reading to find out…



 

Make a to-do list the night before.
We all love lists. Some even make mini lists on what to include in their main list. The thing is, they’re the perfect way to know exactly what needs doing. There’s also a sense of gratification in lists. Ticking off tasks and projects can provide you with a sense of accomplishment which then manifests into a desire to be more productive in order to tick off more tasks.

 

Do the hardest projects/tasks in the morning

Looking through your to-do list at the beginning of your day will allow you to assess which tasks may seem more challenging and tedious. It’s important to get these tasks/projects done first so that the dread of having to do them isn’t hanging over you all day. There’s always something that we don’t want to do but addressing them sooner rather than later is always better.

 

Take several breaks throughout the day, including lunch

Downtime is extremely important to schedule into your workday. You may not have necessarily ‘taken several breaks’ in the office, but those chats with colleagues and trips to the vending machine measure up to be almost the same thing. High productivity is often rewarded, however taking multiple breaks throughout the workaday can help you regain your focus and give you the energy to get your stuff done.

 

Remember to reward yourself

Rewarding yourself for finishing time-consuming projects or tasks by watching the next episode of your favourite programme. By working from home, you have the autonomy to do things around the house in your breaks, saving you from doing them after work. Do whatever motivates you and will make you feel good. This will put you in good stead for the rest of the day.


Get ready as if you were going into the office

You may not want to put on a shirt and tie or do your make up every morning to go nowhere and that’s fine. But getting changed out of your pyjamas, washing your face and brushing your hair will make you feel somewhat normal and freshen you up for the day.