Tips for working from home
How to Stay Productive when Working From Home
Many companies now allow their employees to work remotely, or from home for a day or two. This may sound like a dream job – waking up at your leisure and not having to drive into the office every day. But there is a downside too: it’s hard to focus and you’re allowed more distractions, so you end up getting less done than when you’re in an office.
Make sure that your work area is set up appropriately.
Since you're working remotely, it's important to make sure that you will be able to reach your workstation properly. Your desk should be in a common area of the house or apartment and have enough space for your computer, your mouse and keyboard, as well as anything else you need like a printer, paper, or books.
Since it's easy to get distracted with different household tasks while sitting at your desk, it's also important that there are no other activities in the vicinity of your workstation like keeping a mobile active on the desk, or a TV playing in the same room. You should also make sure that everything is arranged so that you can easily access the items you need without having to go through a lot of steps. This type of efficiency pays off in the long run.
Get rid of any distractions, including social media
It may not be possible to cut out all distractions from your work day, but at least you can reduce them by getting rid of the most obvious ones – social media software like Facebook or Twitter.
These kinds of programs are designed to capture your attention and keep you on the site or app for longer, and they have been found to have a very negative impact on your attention span.
Set up reminders for yourself to stay on task
It's normal to suddenly get distracted while working from home, especially when you're trying to complete an important work project in a limited time. This is why you should always set up a reminder system so that you can stay on task.
For example, you can program your computer to let off an alarm every hour, which will remind you to check back in with the work project and get it done before the day is over. Another popular option is setting alarms on your mobile device if you have one. You can either have a special app that will do the reminders for you, or you can simply program your mobile device to alarm with a specific notification set.
Turn off all notifications on your phone or computer
When working from home, you should always make sure that your mobile device is turned off or silent, and that you're not getting any push notifications from social media software. The only alerts that you should be getting are those coming directly from the work program and other essential services like email. The fewer distractions, the better.
I’m sure that a few of these tips will aid you when working from home. Make sure your work area is set up and arrange stuff to make it easy to get to items you need without any inconveniences. Get rid of any distractions that could harm your productivity, including social media software and push notifications. Turn off all notifications on your phone or computer and remember to take breaks every hour. Another big issue is having an unorganized space to work at. Make sure everything is arranged so that you know where to find what you need without having to search through different areas of the house.
Gimbla Team | 23 August 2021