Isn’t it more convenient to perform your professional duties without being present in a physical office? Saving time to travel, money and avoiding favorable economical factors like being physically in touch with your coworkers aren’t more compatible now?
But the question is which environment actually allows us to be more productive: the home office or the office office?
Though in the office, your coworkers often pose the greatest threat to keeping you from getting some real, heads-down work done. When working from home, you don’t necessarily feel that same peer pressure or communal obligation to get stuff done.
How can you stay productive, creative, inspired and live up to all of the expectations that you’ve set for yourself within this new lifestyle of staying at home and working professionally?
Let’s begin with the tips and tricks to improve the productivity of the work that we expect to be performed while working remotely.
When working all alone remotely, you hardly know what your coworkers are doing. Proactive communication eventually increases your performance because you resolve the issues faster and get the support needed from the team. It also means you’re taking initiative and building a strong work culture. This is how you can boost your performance and create an impression on your boss.
- State the progress you’ve made in the past week
- Goals you’ve set for the next week
- Projects you’ve led
- Set important milestones for your own work
- Discuss your issues and resolve them quickly
Making a workspace
Just because you’re not working at an office doesn’t mean you can’t, well, have an office. You can create your own workstation rather than lying on your bed or couch. Dedicate a specific room or space to work.
- Select a particular room with a desk to work on
- Avoid using cozy furniture to avoid naps
- Treat yourself with light lunch to eschew lethargic mood
- Stay hydrated
- Keep all your work-related things near you
Commit to your tasks
When you’re working at home, feeling like a sloth can become common. Projects always take longer than your initial estimate but that isn’t a reason to slack off or procrastinate. It is better to stick to a particular task & get it done quickly. It’s your responsibility to get the work done and the ownership is on you.
Schedule your day ahead
Know the tasks that you have to complete in a day. Create a schedule that can accommodate your tasks as well as ad-hoc ones. Understanding your needs and strengths will help you to be more productive and stay on top of your deadlines. Since your day doesn’t have to be a traditional 9 to 5, it’s up to you to figure out the time of day when you’re most productive, and on your toes.
It is definitely okay to be workaholic 24*7 but do you take out time for yourself even when working from home? To improve the productivity of your work, you need to stay active and stable. You can follow the following Self-caring points to stay buoyant.
- Fit into exercise
- Take a healthy break to refresh yourself
- Talk to your co-workers other than work related stuffs
- Give yourself a melody tune to stay engaged in your work
How about developing self-discipline to work on the schedule prepared with some handy tricks which includes making to-do lists, to-don’t lists, checklists, and so on? To stay in touch with your team or your superior will help you to structure your day around your objectives. Avoid distractions as much as possible during work hours. It seems without scheduled meetings, coffee breaks, and impromptu discussions with coworkers, telecommuting presents fewer distractions than working from an office.
Getting confused on what to do first and then forgetting the task scheduled for the next hour? Stop multitasking if you feel you’re disturbing your work timings with getting no work done on time. So stop trying to do everything at once. Instead, increase productivity by giving your full attention to one task at a time. When your eyes and hands start drifting toward something else, think about how important it is to keep all your little gray cells.
Be nice to yourself as well as to other people. Take out some time and do not forget to refresh yourself in the horde of working remotely. The happier you are, the more productive you’ll be at your work. And the more you’ll love to spend your time on however you like.
How do you create a productive environment at work? Do you focus on increasing productivity? Do you think you can encourage remote work?
Do let us know your insights and thoughts. Share your best tips in the comments below!