As the days go on, more and more of us are finding ourselves working from home, and for many of us, it is the first time we have had to. If you are not used to doing your job while at home, you might find it challenging to stay productive throughout the day. Here are five tips to help you remain productive while working from home.
1. Get up, start your day on time, and get ready as if you are going into work
Sleeping in and/or staying in your pajamas all day might make it harder for you to get your day going. If you get up on time, get yourself ready for the day, and start
your workday at the time you usually would, you could really get yourself in the mindset to get work done. Save sleeping in and staying in your pajamas all day for the weekend! It’s more fun that way!
2. Structure/Schedule out your day
If you set a schedule for yourself each day, and plan out what you need to get done, it can so much easier to be productive. Here is a sample schedule to help you get a better idea:
8 am – Wake up and get ready for the day
8:45 am – Make coffee and breakfast
9 am – Start workday (respond to emails, make phone calls, etc.)
10:30 – 15-minute mental health break
10:45 – Continue work duties
12:00 – Lunch Break
1 pm – Continue work duties
2:30 pm – 15-minute mental health break
2:45-5 – Wrap up the workday
It is really important to schedule a few breaks for yourself during the day. Take a full hour at lunch to decompress and take time for yourself. When you break up the day this way, it will make your day seem to go by faster.
3. Prepare a workspace for yourself that is not in your bed
Working from your bed can seem really appealing. It’s comfy, cozy, warm, what else could you want from a workspace? However, you probably wouldn’t get as much done as if you were sitting at a desk somewhere. You don’t have to have a room dedicated to an office to prepare a workspace that will work. Take over your kitchen table if you need to. Anywhere you can spread out your work equipment and have some sort of table and chair will do! If the weather is nice, take your workspace outside. The front or back porch can be a great place to get fresh air while getting your work done.
4. Keep in touch with your coworkers
We are quickly learning what we really miss and need in our everyday lives. Coworkers might be one of those things. Working from home can feel isolating at times. Stay in touch with your coworkers and your boss. Schedule weekly check-ins if possible. If you need the extra help, hold each other accountable for getting certain tasks done. Try to keep things as normal as possible. This will help you feel more productive, but also just more normal during this time of so many changes.
5. End your workday on time
You might find yourself working later into the night because you have everything you need right in front of you. However, this could cause burnout or even extra
stress on you. Write out your to-do list before wrapping your day up at the normal time, so you can pick up right where you left off the next morning.
If you are having trouble staying productive, try these tips to stay on track. These uncertain times can be worrisome, but do what you can to keep your head up and keep pushing forward. If you feel you need more help than these tips, find and schedule an appointment online with one of our counselors here.