Working from home is becoming the norm. Say goodbye to your daily office commute, and hello to Zoom calls from the comfort of your own home. A change in scenery that comes with undeniable benefits… and new habits to adopt to make it work. From setting up in a naturally lit area to adopting a well-organised routine, here are 4 tips to optimise productivity by getting your basics right.
1. Get ready for your day...
…just as if you were heading to the office. This means setting your alarm clock early, getting dressed first thing in the morning, and having that cup of coffee you used to grab from the nearby café 5 minutes before your first meeting, directly on the kitchen counter.
2. Set-up a proper office space
Two key things enhance wellness and help focus throughout the day while working from home: quality technology with great internet connection, and natural light. Try and set up your desk in a quiet, sun-bathed area that can be easily ventilated and has all of the electrical connections you need
3. Commit to a well-organised routine
First, design a to-do list with achievable, short-term goals. Second, assign the more critical tasks to your most productive hours of the day, through an organised calendar or timetable. Check tasks off the list as you’re making progress, to keep your concentration on point and make the most out of your working hours.
Also, don’t forget interactions with colleagues and breaks - go for a walk at lunch, exercise, or take 10 minutes for tea and a snack. And remember to stick to it.
4. Maintain a healthy work-life balance
One of the most challenging aspects of work from home: knowing how to set and respect boundaries between your job and your personal life. Especially when, after a straight 8-hour shift, come family obligations. That’s how a well-organised routine is useful, as well as taking time away from social media and signing out for relaxing finish at the end of the day.