Despite the fact that we are currently in a pandemic where the mandate is that we work from home where this is possible, for many of us, remote home working may be losing a little of its shine. One of the main problems with working at home can be staying productive. There are distractions around you, no colleagues who might notice if you faff about on the internet or watch television, and always other things to do in the house.
However, as many have now come to realize, the remote home working culture is here to stay. So here are some top tips for continuing productivity whilst working from home.
Lists and more lists. Create a big list, and have a weekly planner with a page to a week and no dates, then allocate tasks to each day. Put everything on the list so that you don’t have things niggling at you, so you can minimize how much information you keep in my brain at once, and so that things don’t get forgotten until the last minute. It works most of the time.
If you do not have a direct line manager, find someone or a group of people that you make yourself accountable to. Tell them what you intend to do and by when you plan to achieve it and get them to check up on you to make sure you do. Ideally, we recommend in this scenario to use a Business Coach, but also you could equally ask your partner, a friend, a colleague, a family member or trusted business contact to fulfil that role.
Using technology is such a big part of our everyday lives and there are so many applications available to help us organize better. E.g we suggest using the Notes feature on your phone, iPad, tablet, etc which means you always have access to it wherever you are. This means not only can you add things immediately when you think of them, but also means you can then delete things from the list straightaway as well, which is very satisfying!
The use of technology effectively also means you can do emails, make phone calls or do other small tasks while out and about.
Know your own strengths and where and how you work most productively and play to those strengths. If you cannot effectively work from home, you may consider some other options like paying to rent a desk or setting aside a few mornings a week to sit working in a quiet hotel lounge (for only the cost of a couple of cups of decent coffee). Being self-aware might mean knowing you work best early in the morning, or late at night, and arranging things so that you can do that. It might mean setting aside a space for working at home rather than having your laptop in front of the television surrounded by household paraphernalia and distractions.
Take time out
Allowing yourself some time off is crucial for productivity. If you’re not feeling well, or are too tired, schedule in some time out. Easier said than done, I know, but a morning off followed by a day of revitalized, rejuvenated hard work is more productive than two days slow going because you’re exhausted.
We hope the above suggestions are helpful to you. If you require assistance or would like us to be your accountability partner, please get in touch.
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