Productivity tips to help you make the most of working from home.
For many people around the round, working from home (WFH) / remote working came upon them suddenly in March 2020 as a result of COVID 19 lockdown; and what was thought would last only a few months is now pushing into a full year. It appears that remote working/ working from home is going to be around for a lot longer that anticipated.
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Below are productivity tips that would not only help you to work well whilst working from home but would also help you to live well.
- It is crucial to avoid prolonged static posture by being flexible with your working posture. You can do this by regularly getting up from your seated position to stretch and change your posture.
- It is advisable to do simple stretches and exercises at your desk every hour. The best exercises to do at your desk by good housekeeping
- Poor posture and improper workstation setup can cause musculoskeletal symptoms. Avoid using your standard household equipment for continuous regular computer based work. It’s not ergonomically designed for such activities and likely to result in musculoskeletal-symptoms.
- Work safely from home – see the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) regulations 1992 Working safely with display screen equipment: Overview – HSE.
- Consider ergonomic equipment. A reasonable sized desk or Height adjustable desk, ergonomic adjustable chair, foot rest, sit-stand platform etc. is advisable. If you use a laptop, consider a laptop raiser, mouse and additional keyboard.
- Consider environmental or surrounding factors such as – noise, lighting and temperature of the area where you are working. Ensure the levels are suitable for good working.
- Having a plan will help you get more organised and help you to manage your time better.
- Plan each week and each day in advance using your preferred tool/ app. see my previous post.
- Prepare for each day, expect a good outcome and keep your calendar up to date.
- Plan and work smart to avoid burnout due to rushing from one zoom or team/ business meeting to another.
- Take clear notes during meetings and plan to action outcome of meetings.
- Have a professional/business development plan and keep up to date with what’s happening in your niche or field
- Put first things first – this is listed as habit 3 in “Stephen Covey’s book – The 7 habits of highly effective people”. Putting first things first means to remember what’s important to you, i.e. to be driven by your values not valuables.
- Set boundaries between home life and business/work life.
- Have a set start and finish time for work if possible.
- Start your day right with a great morning routine as how you start your day is important.
- Daily consistent good habits have long term maximum benefits and help you prevent and manage stress better.
- Take your spiritual life seriously, as this serves as a source of strength and helps to develop resilience.
- Pray each day before you start work and pray at the end of work.
- Your mindset significantly impacts the outcome of your life; a positive mindset is more likely to yield positive outcomes.
- Manage stress positively and proactively; don’t wait till you become overwhelmed and stressed before you become familiar with stress management tips.
- Mindfulness, Meditation, journaling and expressing gratitude are some of the practices to engage in to help you maintain balance and a healthy mind and ultimately boost your productivity.
- Take postural breaks regularly as and when you can; use toilet breaks and tea breaks as an opportunity to pause.
- Have drinking water handy on your desk. Make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day.
- Take your lunch break away from your work desk/screen. You can use part of your lunch time to go for a walk. This would help you to recharge.
- Allocate ‘Me time’ after work to refresh and reset.
- Engage in non-work activities that you enjoy.
- A healthy work-life balance enhances all round performance and productivity.
- Give other aspects of your life reasonable attention e.g. fitness/health/exercise, social connection, family, spiritual etc. Don’t make your life all about work.
- Work is important but not more important than some other aspects of your life.
- Clarify with your clients, managers or organisation their expectations of you to ensure you are on the right track.
- Engage more with your team, business associates, colleagues and clients; reach out for support if needed, as working from home could make you feel isolated.
- Socially connect remotely with friends and colleagues (if possible) after work.
- Have a plan for personal development and self improvement.
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The above tips will help you if you want to be super-productive and balanced whilst working from home.
Further relevant reading: 6 tips for creating a happier life-work balance while working from home.