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Since the pandemic, more of us than ever have had the fortune to be able to work from home, whether this is in a full-time or hybrid fashion where we go to the office a few times a week. Many employees have seen the financial and also work benefits of people working in their own space and not having to take part in a busy commute to get to the office each day. If you work from home, this can be great, but you might also find that you struggle to get motivated some days. This is common, but there are luckily a few things that you can do in order to be more productive. Here we take a look at some ways to help you get your work-hat on.
Set yourself dedicated working hours
Working from home can mean that you start work earlier and finish later, purely because you are doing a task and want to get it done. You don’t have to worry about rushing to commute home or get back for something, because you are already there. You also might be tempted to work through your lunch break as you don’t have others around you taking theirs. While this might seem more productive, it can actually have the opposite effect and you can end up overworking yourself and being less productive than before. Make a conscious effort to only work your designated hours and if you do work overtime, to get paid for it.
Have a motivating space to work
Cluttered desk = cluttered mind and it can be impossible to work if you don’t have a good space to do so. If you are trying to get work done but navigating around your children’s mess, or things piled on the dining table it can be pretty impossible. Try and set yourself up an office in a quiet room of the house, or even think about going somewhere such as a coworking space or coffee shop to get things done. Just be sure to look into a VPS and an anti-virus software so you can stay in touch with colleagues without it being unsafe for the tech side of your company. There are a host of spaces you can work from, take a look at some near you.
Speak to your colleagues on the phone not just email
While you might spend all day speaking to your colleagues on Skype, email or Slack, it really isn’t the same as having an actual conversation with them. Try to speak to them on the phone or via video in order to have that personal contact. Otherwise you might go days without speaking to another person which can feel very isolating and negatively impact your mental health.
These are just a few tips to help you be more productive working from home. Let us know your thoughts and what some of your tips are that can help you to be more productive – we would love to hear from you.