The government has advised companies to allow their employees to work from home amid of the coronavirus outbreak. This has made most people to turn their houses into offices while coming in terms with the reality of working from home for extended period of time in order to prevent spread of the virus.
Working from home may seem like a dream come true for many but in reality there’s a lot more to it than the ability to start your day in bed, making it much harder to stay focused in that environment.
The question is, how can you stay productive at home? How can you work effectively at home without getting worried about children running up and down seeking your attention?
First of all ensure that you have adequate seating by setting up a dedicated work-space that you can leave at the end of your workday which helps you to stay focused.
To achieve this you need to set your mind and prepare as you would for a normal day at the office so that everything feels slightly similar to avoid distractions as our brains are very good at replicating patterns of behavior.
Working from home can make you better at some tasks and worse at others. Therefore it is important to understand what really increases your productivity so as to allow work to be completed efficiently.
You need to observe what works for you and what doesn’t work for you at home and have an idea on what needs to be improved by evaluating your own performance and put down everything you have observed and needs to be adjusted down then work with it.
For instance, if a noisier environment works for you so be it, if a calm and cooler environment works for you then it is important to avoid any noise distraction. Others may get destructed with online streaming or television programs, in order to beat this, try and discipline yourself not to turn on your screen before you are done with work.
On the other hand, social distancing means we should avoid other people, but this doesn’t mean we avoid human interactions While working from home. Staying too long on your laptop may be exhausting and therefore you can make a call to a colleague or a friend when you feel the urge to talk to someone, or even video call them.
It is important to avoid household chores distraction while working at home. Remind yourself that work hours are work hours to avoid any interruptions that may affect your productivity. Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you are entitled to concentrate on the house-chores. If it means putting your phone on silent, do it and only receive calls from colleagues if it has to do with work related issues.
When you have children around, it might be tough working in the house. However you need to create some mini-breaks in between to attend to them instead of sitting five hours continuously on your work desk. It is advisable you take at least a 10 minute break to grab a snack for every hour of focused work you complete. Also try and ensure the space you are working from has a door that can be closed and create physical boundaries that can help reinforce the message that you need to be working.