LCoronavirus pandemic has caused many companies and workplaces to encourage their employees to work from home. Even before this pandemic, doing a remote job was a common trend. After all, working from home, with all the freedom in the world, is never a bad idea.
The biggest concern about home-based jobs is that they greatly affect the productivity of the work. During their work from home, the employees face unique challenges because of the different environments of their homes.
Tips to maintain productivity while working remotely.
If you have just joined a home-based job or doing it for quite some time, these tips will help you to maintain efficiency and productivity.
1. Fix your work hours.
The beauty of working remotely is you are not bound to work from 9 to 5. You can select your working hours anytime in the day, which suits you best. You can even break your working hours in different slots of the day. But once you have scheduled your working hours, you must stick to it. Avoid any other activity and try to only focus on your work at that time.
Following are the things you should keep in mind while fixing your working hours.
- Part of the day in which you are most productive.
- Timing in which you have to do household stuff.
- Timing in which you should be with your family.
- Taking breaks.
2. Establish a separate workplace.
While doing any type of work, the environment is a very important factor for productivity. For providing yourself a better working environment, you must establish a dedicated workplace. A place where you will be able to just focus on your work with any disturbance. No one should be allowed to enter that specific space or room while you are working.
While establishing your working office, it is recommended to have,
- A working chair and a desk.
- A separate computer or laptop for work.
- A separate phone number.
3. Stay in touch with your colleagues.
As you are at your home, if you are stuck somewhere in your work, there is no one sitting next to you from which you can get help. So, it is always a good idea to stay in touch with your colleagues. Usually, companies do provide platforms for their remote employees to socialize with each other. You can even make chatting groups on different social media platforms by yourself.
You can even plan meet-ups and trips together. These interactions will surely enhance your knowledge of the field you are working in.
4. Planning the workflow for the whole day.
We all have a habit to complete our work at the last moment. This habit can kill the productivity of the work. Before starting to work, it will be a good practice to plan all the work of the day. Make sure to overestimate the time in which you think you can do a certain task. Keep following while planning for your day.
- Start working with the task having the highest priority.
- Plan for the hardest work when you are full of energy.
- You can even break the big tasks into smaller ones.
You can even use a mobile phone application as a planner to write down the tasks and keep track of deadlines.
Being productive while working from home can be a bit challenging. At home, we have many distractions, no accountability, and communication at all. But with the help of the above-mentioned tips, you surely can make your working from home a success.
About the author:
Mike is a content writer and marketing consultant for phonebook at St Marys, NSW.