With the outbreak of Covid-19, this year has brought great changes in the way we work. Instead of working in the office, many people are now working from the comfort of their own home. In some ways working from your own home is a luxury. But in other ways working from your own home can be more challenging. Sometimes it can be a lot more difficult to boost your motivation when at home, especially if you have other family members who are home all day with you. With that being said, there are some things you can do to boost your productivity from home. Trust me, I know the difficulties of working from home for Alamo Digital Agency, a Digital Marketing Agency in McAllen, Tx.
I struggle daily staying focused and use hacks as much as possible to keep my focus. Sometimes I fail, but using these hacks has helped me become more productive day in and day out.
Here are our top 5 productivity hacks when working from home:
1) Get up and get dressed
This may seem like a silly hack, but getting up and getting dressed can make a huge difference in how your day plays out. Sometimes it can be very tempting to stay in your pajamas when working from home, but doing so can actually decrease your productivity. Research has shown that getting dressed actually signals to our brain that we are in work mode, and helps to boost our productivity. Plus, the better we look the better we feel, and the better we feel the more productive we will be. So even if your dog is the only one who will be seeing you today, get up and get dressed just for them. You can put on your comfy clothes when the workday is done.
2) Set a schedule
When you go to the office every day you generally have a pretty set schedule. You wake up in the morning, get to work at a certain time, work for a few hours, take a break, work some more, take a lunch, and then work until the end of the day. But when you're at home you don't have that same accountability. No one is checking in on you to make sure that you are arriving to work on time so you need to be able to motivate yourself to do so. To ensure that you complete all of your work throughout the day, it's important to set a schedule and create a routine. Decide what time you will wake up each morning when you will start work, when you will take lunch, and when you will finish your day. It’s also good practice to write down everything you would like to accomplish that day. Then stick to that schedule each and every day. Eventually, this will become routine and you won't have to rely on your schedule book to motivate you anymore (though it’s always a good idea to keep one anyway).
3) Dedicate a workspace
One of the toughest things about working from home can be the distractions that come along with it. Working in the bedroom, for example, can lead to the distraction of television. Working in the kitchen can leave to the distraction of food, and so on and so forth. This is why it's important to dedicate yourself a workspace, preferably a small office, where you can work free of distractions. Your office space should be set up purely for work and you should inform your family members that they are not to disturb you when working in this space (unless emergency of course).
4) Get active
Another problem that comes along with working from home is the lack of motivation. It can be extremely tempting to relax in front of the television on breaks or to take small naps during our lunch hours. But this will only further decrease our motivation. Rather, you should take time to get up and get active during your break times. Taking a short walk throughout the day can help to boost your energy levels, which in turn will boost your productivity and motivation to help you get through the rest of your workday.
5) Stay connected
When you're at work, you're constantly interacting with other members of your team. This type of interaction holds a great deal of importance and can help to boost your mood levels and keep you motivated and on track. When you have other people that are relying on you and your work ethic, this is motivation in itself.
When we work from home we can sometimes lose this motivation because our team members are not there to interact with. This is why staying connected is so important. Whether you stay connected through daily video chats or weekly meetups, it's essential that you stay in contact with other members of your team to boost your productivity on a day-to-day basis. Working from home can be very rewarding but also presents its own challenges. Use these tips to help you stay motivated as you work from home, and remember that this is an essential step in keeping yourself, your family, and your community safe from COVID-19.
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