5 Tips For Being More Productive When Working From Home
July 22, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic shook the entire world and forced us to look for alternative ways to maintain our everyday routine. The new virus has resulted in millions of people stuck in their homes, and it suddenly created a massive cohort of individuals who have to live and work in isolation.
While it is not necessarily a bad thing, it definitely makes us rethink the way we do our jobs and search for the best remote work techniques. If you are one of those brand new remote employees, you are probably wondering how to keep professional agility to the highest level.
In this post, we will show you the key facts about remote work and explain five tips for being more productive when working from home. Let’s take a look!
State of Remote Work
If you are not sure about the effects of home-based work on professional engagement, we will show you a few basic facts and stats about the current state of remote work. As you will see, there is nothing to worry about here:
Almost 80% of remote employees say they are more productive when working from home.
Remote employees are nearly
Even though remote employees can work from pretty much anywhere in the world, 84% of them say they do their jobs
More than 90% of employees say that flexibility in their work arrangements contributes to their morale.
Working from the comfort of your home is obviously not too bad, so the only thing left is to create a proper plan of action.
How to Stay Fully Engaged While Working from Home
Different people have different work habits, but some rules of remote work apply to almost every position or personality. Here are five ways you can become more productive while working from home.
1) Prepare for work from home
The first thing you need to do is prepare well for remote work. Since you’ll be working from your apartment or house, it is essential to create a comfortable home office with all the equipment and enough room to work quietly.
Besides that, you should not add too much flexibility to the daily schedule as it’s usually best to stick to your routine, especially if your company does calls at an allotted time each day.
2) Eliminate distractions
Unlike the office, a home-based work environment is packed with all sorts of distractions. Your job is to eliminate things that can harm your productivity. Here are some tips you could use:
Set boundaries and do not allow family members to enter your office during work hours
Do not play games, browse the Internet, or scroll down the social media news feeds during work
Take advantage of anti-procrastination apps if you have trouble focusing
3) Keep in touch with your team
Working from home can make you feel strange and lonely rather quickly, which is why you have to keep in touch with your colleagues. You can’t see them in person, but that’s not the reason to avoid regular daily interactions.
First of all, it will help you keep track of the business goals. Secondly, you can also talk about personal things, stories, and events, thus eliminating the effect of work in isolation. The good thing is that you can use all sorts of online tools for communication, so make sure to make the most of it.
This tip is not strictly business-related, but you will be surprised when you realize how important physical training really is for your productivity. According to the report, participants note a 72% improvement in time management and workload completed on days when they exercised.
The reason is simple – exercise helps your body and your mind to relax, so you can come back to work fresh and energized. The result of your training will be a much higher level of professional engagement.
5) Don’t forget to unplug after work
A recent survey of 200 full-time remote workers shows that unplugging after work hours is the biggest pain point they encounter when working in their virtual environment (40%).
If you want to keep your stamina and professional endurance in the long run, you have to take breaks and rest after work. Although you can always access business emails and other job-related resources, it doesn’t mean you should. On the contrary, take time to recover and you will be much more productive the day after.
The Bottom Line
Although it seems strange at first, work from home can actually make you a much more efficient business professional. All it takes is to embrace the right mindset and prepare for this kind of work.
In this post, we discussed the basic stats and facts about remote work and showed you five ways to stay more productive when working from home. Are you ready to take your home-based operations to a higher level?
Auhtor: Justin Osborne
Justin is a blogger from Leicester, UK. He likes to discuss travels and share his own ideas with readers on different blogs and forums.
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