Staying Productive While Working From Home
As technology continues to advance, more and more people are finding themselves working from home. But what many people don’t know is that working from home can be a difficult transition. It tends to blur the lines between home life and work, plus there is more potential for distraction. Staying productive is important to ensure you meet expectations and deadlines.
Here are 5 tips to help you stay productive while you’re working from home. Whether you find yourself working from home for the first time or you’ve been doing this for years, you may find these tips keep you on task and productive!
1. Have a Morning Routine
Having a morning routine can help get you in the right mindset for a productive day. Think about your morning routine when you normally went into the office. You probably showered, did your hair, and changed into work-appropriate clothing. When people work from home, they often sleep in longer and end up wearing loungewear all day.
Instead, you should try to get ready and follow a similar morning routine as if you were going into the office. Consider starting your day off with a shower, coffee, or exercise regimen. Being intentional about getting ready for the workday and changing your clothes can help put you in the right mindset for a productive day.
2. Have a Set Schedule
Having a set schedule can help you be more productive at work and establish healthy boundaries between work and personal life. It’s helpful to have a consistent start time, breaks, and end time. Taking breaks and going outside for some fresh air can provide mental stimulation and help increase creativity, productivity, and focus.
Logging off at a specific time and keeping a schedule can help you maintain a healthy work-from-home routine. Having constant access to work isn’t always a good thing. People can start to feel like they need to be constantly working, and they may have a hard time not thinking about work while at home.
3. Have a Designated Workspace
Having a designated workspace within your home can help you focus. If you have a home office, that’s probably your best option for the least amount of distractions. But that’s not an option for everyone. You could also consider working at the kitchen counter or your kitchen table. It’s best not to work in the same space where you sleep if you can help it. Since your mind associates your bedroom with sleep, trying to work in your bedroom could be difficult.
4. Stay in Touch with Your Co-Workers
Even though you might think you’ll be more productive without your co-workers around to distract you, it’s still important to stay in touch with your colleagues. Working remotely can cause loneliness, disconnection, and feelings of isolation. Keeping in touch with your co-workers can help alleviate these negative feelings.
Maintaining your work relationships is important for your mental well-being as well as team bonding. It may be as simple as jumping on a phone call instead of sending an email or setting up meetings to discuss team/company updates so you can “see” your co-workers!
5. Have the Proper Technology
Working from home can present new challenges for people because they don’t have access to the same technology as they did in the office. In your office, you probably had access to a wide variety of technological tools that helped you do your job more efficiently.
Making sure your Wi-Fi is up to speed, having a printer if you need one, and utilizing a secure video conferencing tool are essential for staying productive. Using technology to your advantage can help you be more productive and keep in touch with your co-workers!
How RTI Can Help
RTI has numerous solutions and services to help ensure a smooth transition to working from home. Our experts can tailor a solution to your specific needs to help keep you productive and focused as you work from home. Contact us to learn more!
Date Posted: 8/24/2020
Date Last Updated: 8/24/2020
By: RTI Marketing Team