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If you're anything like me, you're probably finding it harder and harder to stay productive when working from home. With so many distractions around us, it can be hard to focus on the task at hand.
But there are ways to combat this and maximize your productivity while working remotely.
Here are a few tips that have helped me get the most out of my work days from home.
Get dressed for work
Staying in your PJs all day while you work from home may seem appealing, but taking time each day to get dressed like you would if you were heading into the office can help to set the tone for your workday.
Getting dressed and made up can make a world of difference in terms of feeling energized and motivated, consequently helping you to remain productive throughout the day.
Plus, it's hard not to feel like an absolute boss when you're settling into the task at hand wearing a power outfit - nothing beats strutting through your favorite Zoom meeting with confidence!
To take this routine one step further one could even spruce up their home office by personalizing and decorating it - soon enough getting ready for work each morning won't be such a chore.
Set up a dedicated workspace
Working from home can be a huge blessing or a major curse depending on how well you manage it. As with most things in life, the key to success when working remotely is preparation; setting up the perfect workspace that's free from distractions is essential for productivity.
Good organization is paramount – try designating a particular room of your home solely for working, and make sure it is as quiet and peaceful as possible. Make sure all materials you need are at hand, such as pens and notepads, and make this designated space your own so you'll feel comfortable and inspired to work!
Make a daily schedule and stick to it
Working remotely can offer many benefits, but it also comes with the challenge of staying productive when not in a traditional office setting.
The best way to stay on track without feeling overwhelmed is to make a solid daily schedule and get into the habit of sticking to it as closely as possible!
It may take some getting used to in the beginning, but sticking to distinct working blocks will help you make significant progress while avoiding distractions.
Sticking to this routine can ultimately be just as effective – if not more so – than when you’re surrounded by coworkers. Working smart has never been so easy!
Take breaks throughout the day, but keep them short and focused
Taking regular breaks throughout the day might sound counter-intuitive, but it can actually help you to stay focused and productive.
When done right, breaks can be a great way to take even just a few minutes of respite from tasks and recharge your batteries, allowing you to come back refreshed and ready to tackle things with vigor.
Just be sure to make your breaks short and focused, or else you may find yourself stuck in a production slump - or even worse, aimless procrastination!
So give yourself permission to step away periodically during the work day; no one will blame you for taking some well deserved 'me time'.
Avoid working on weekends, unless absolutely necessary
In these days of technology and 24/7 availability, it's easy to feel like you should be working all the time. The reality is, though, that in order to stay productive and efficient, it's important to unplug from work on the weekends.
Doing so gives your brain a break which can provide clarity and creativity for those big projects that arise throughout the week.
Of course, there will be times when working on the weekend is absolutely necessary.
Don’t forget: sometimes pushing yourself too hard can lead to burnout! So remember to take a step back on the weekends - Afterall, everybody needs some “R&R” from time to time.
Keep in touch with your co-workers and superiors
Working from home has become the norm for many of us, but that doesn't mean you can't stay connected with your co-workers and superiors. Make sure to keep in touch and stay up-to-date on your team's progress.
And don't worry about being pushy or intruding on their day; a text message or email sent keeping an open dialogue between both parties is always a great way to stay connected without needing to step into the office.
You may even be able to get in some friendly banter or even daily jokes that can make the whole office more productive (and definitely more entertaining!).
Keeping in touch will only benefit you, as it'll give you a stronger presence in the virtual workplace, while also giving you an opportunity to voice ideas, and feedback and learn new information.
Working remotely is all about finding balance. You need to decide what works best for you, and commit to creating an environment that allows you to stay organized, remain productive, and find time to enjoy yourself.
Finding the right balance can help maximize your work output while also leaving some time for leisure and rest. Whether it's dressing in your favorite outfit every morning or taking a midday yoga break, taking care of your routine can be just as important as tackling the work itself.
Stay on your chosen path with hard work and dedication when working remotely – you’ll be shocked at how great the results can be!