How to Stay Productive While Working from Home
When working in a traditional office environment, simple routines like getting up at a set time, commuting to the office and physically leaving your workplace at the end of the day give your day a structure. If you work from home, it is you who must become the author of your daily work routine. Start with these 5 steps and let your productivity soar.
HAVE A DEDICATED WORKSPACE
Create a dedicated workspace within your home and keep it free from clutter and physical distractions. Clock in and out as you would in any other out-of-home job.
IDENTIFY YOUR HIGH-VALUE TASKS
From your to-do list, find out which tasks yield the most value. Pick three, and prioritize them above anything else.
ALLOCATE TIME FOR DEEP WORK
Carve out a few distraction-free hours each day to pursue your most important and challenging tasks in a highly concentrated fashion. Let your employees and coworkers know what these hours are by blocking off your schedule or marking your online status accordingly.
ORGANIZE YOUR COMMUNICATION
Thoroughly familiarize yourself with all the communication and collaboration tools you have available and know their intended purpose. Practice appropriate digital etiquette.
LIMIT YOUR WORKING HOURS
Don't let work seep into the rest of your life. Set a sensible schedule and stick to it. Make sure to carve out time for leisure, including socializing, exercising and pursuing your favorite hobbies.