Working from home can be extremely productive, but it can also be a productivity nightmare. Without a formal office space, a set schedule, and your boss overseeing your every move it’s all too easy to be distracted and to get very little done. The distractions of being at home (pets, children and technology), along with the isolation that can come with working remotely, can cause you to lose focus and find it difficult to concentrate and be productive. Here are 5 tips that work for us and may help you keep up productivity while working from home.
Use to-do apps like Todoist
Make use of apps like Todoist to keep track of your workload. You can add labels and folders for organisation. Whenever you receive a new task from a colleague via email, Slack or another communication channel, immediately add it to your task list, so it doesn’t get forgotten about!
If possible, create a space in your home that is a dedicated workspace. Try not to work from your bedroom or sofa and ensure your work time is work time and doesn’t get taken over by chores and other household tasks!
Try to find ways to make your tasks more enjoyable and rewarding. Try giving yourself “treats” when you’ve completed key tasks. You could allow yourself your favourite speciality coffee or chocolate for completing a task successfully.
Control your social media use
Put your phone onto do not disturb or silent mode and leave it in a draw or another room while working. You can also curb your social media use on your computer by installing apps such as Freedom to control your time online. If you’re really struggling with the distraction from social media, try setting times to check your social channels. For example, only allow yourself to be on social media between 7:30am and 8:00am.
Use the calendar blocking technique
This technique involves blocking similar tasks into blocks. For example, you might have a 2-hour time block set for writing assignments such as blog writing and content writing for social media. It’s also advisable if your job allows, to set specific times to check email. Avoid this distraction during the day by only checking your email first thing in your working day and again at the end of the day.
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