Five ways to make working from home as productive as possible:
Establishing a daily routine that includes regular work hours, breaks and exercise can help create a sense of structure and ensure that you stay on track. For example, some people find sticking to a normal 9 to 5 work schedule helps them stay focused and productive during the day. It also leaves room to bookend or incorporate exercise to maintain physical and mental wellbeing.
Having a designated workspace helps focus on work and minimise distractions. Ideally, your workspace should be separate from your living area or relaxation space and should be equipped with what you need to do your job effectively. Not everyone has the privilege of a study or spare room, however, setting up the corner of a bedroom into a makeshift office allows for better concentration when working, and relaxation when not.
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you need to be 100 per cent ‘on’ 100 per cent of the time. Setting clear boundaries with your co-workers and family members about when you’re available and when you’re not, can help reduce interruptions and improve your overall productivity.
Sitting for long periods of time can be detrimental to your health and productivity. Standing or adjustable desks to switch between sitting and standing throughout the day help combat a potential sedentary lifestyle. By alternating between sitting and standing, you can not only improve posture but get more done.
If you’re feeling tired or unproductive, consider taking a power nap. Research shows that short naps (20-30 minutes) can improve cognitive function and alertness. During the pandemic and lockdown years, many people discovered the benefits of power napping when struggling with afternoon fatigue. By incorporating a 20-minute nap into your daily routine, you can rejuvenate and maintain productivity throughout the day.
The key to productivity in a remote work setting lies in finding the right balance between discipline and adaptability.