More people than ever are working from home due to the current pandemic and measures taken to avoid it. Others can find it a bit more difficult than usual to focus on work, whether it’s because you have to assist your kids on their online courses, because of the errands you have to run on your scheduled days of the week, or simply because you’re more used to the distraction-free environment of an office.
As a premier real estate properties brand in Davao, Alsons Properties has gathered some expert-proven ideas to make working from home a lot more productive. Here are tips to help you foster a healthy working situation at home:
1 – Properly prepare for your workday
Working from home can mean a lot of things, and for most people, it’s that they don’t have to worry about getting up early to prepare for and commute to work. While working from home does rid you of the need to deal with traffic, this does not have to mean that you should go in front of your computer with messy hair wearing your pajamas.
While this may sound like a cozy option, a key factor in productivity at home is following your regular morning ritual of getting ready. Whether it’s getting dressed in your work clothes or making your morning cup of coffee, it’s essential in getting you in the right mindset and avoiding getting those pangs of laziness throughout the day.
2 – Maintain a modified set of regular work hours
Working from home also affords more flexible working hours. This can lead a lot of people to have a less stable schedule, which can impede productivity during the day, and result in having to extend work into the night. This is why, as much as possible, it is important that you set and maintain regular work hours, with your essential errands counted in.
Set a regular day of the week for doing your grocery run, for example, and modify your tasks to be done around that for the day. By allowing yourself to adjust to your new work schedule, you’ll be in better condition to tap into your productivity.
3 – Take time to choose the best work space in the house
The best working area in the house can vary from person to person. For most, this would be in an area away from your bed, such as the living room or your den. A good desk, a nice comfortable chair, and a place where you can get some peace and quiet should be some of the criteria to check off when selecting your work space.
If that doesn’t work for you, or if you find that you’re in a productivity block, then you can experiment around the house and see what’s most comfortable (but not too comfortable!) for you. Try setting yourself down on the sofa or working outside for the day and see how you feel.
4 – Give yourself a break every now and then
Even in a relatively more relaxed work setting, you can’t avoid experiencing struggles with productivity every now and then. Allow yourself to get up from your chair and stretch your limbs off for a while. Taking a walk outside for a few minutes or maybe having a quick play session with your dog can refresh your mind before you get back to work.
5 – Go offline when you’re done
This is perhaps one of the most important things you can do to help yourself establish a healthy work schedule. Ask any experienced professional who’s been working from home for years, and they will all tell you how pivotal logging off when you’re done is to a healthy work-from-home life balance.
Because you are at home all the time, the lines between work and relaxation become a bit more blurred, and you can get tempted to squeeze in a bit of extra work after your hours are done since you are conveniently at home. However, creating a habit out of this can increase your chances of burnout. Always remember—just because you are working from home, it doesn’t mean you have to work all the time!
Times are difficult right now, and the best we can all do to help is to follow preventive measures and to stay at home. Hopefully, these tips can help you make the most of your work arrangements at home.
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