Over the past few years, working from home has become normal for a lot of people and for some, has become a more permanent work situation. However, many have found it to be a difficult adjustment. Between distractions at home, not having face-to-face interaction, or finding a dedicated workspace, it can be difficult to get into a place of focus and get into a place of productivity.
To help with these challenges, I wanted to share a few tips on things that make me feel happy, organized, and help me maximize my productivity throughout the day.
- Getting ready for your day
Creating and maintaining a morning routine can be crucial in keeping your productivity. A morning routine can be anything, drinking your coffee while reading a chapter of your ongoing book, making your favourite breakfast, or changing into work clothes. Regardless of what it looks like, it’s important to keep it consistent.
- Starting and ending your workday at consistent times
Of course, we understand there are times when there is a need to start early or end late but for the most part, it’s important to keep a consistent schedule while working from home to maximize your productivity. Following your working hours and limiting the number of times you work past the end of the day or answer post-work emails is essential to keep you from burning out and maintaining a work-life balance.
- Take a walk – use your breaks to the full extent
Working from home can make a lot of us feel overwhelmed, whether it be from the commotion in the home or your workspace, or not having face-to-face contact. Utilize your breaks during work to their full extent, take the proper time to step away and get into a clear headspace.
- Setting boundaries in your workspace
We understand that this can be easier said than done, but it is important to have the conversation to set boundaries. Setting boundaries and giving yourself uninterrupted work time can be crucial in maintaining your productivity and getting items checked off your to-do list.
- Create a dedicated work area
Not everyone has a space for a home office but that’s okay, whether you live in a home or apartment, it is important to find a consistent space to work in. Try adding little features to this area to make it feel like your desk at work, this can allow you to separate your working space from everyday home life.
- Wind down – End your day with a routine
Take your time at the end of the working day to wind down, this can be closing all the windows on your computer or clearing your workspace. This routine will help you with closing out the workday and allow your mind to settle down.
Working from home is relatively new for some, but even for workers that have been doing it over the course of their careers, we all have moments where we struggle with focus and productivity. We hope these tips can help maximize your productivity and help you create a balanced routine.
Written by Jacqueline Lavergne, Digital Marketing Manager at RehvUp Technologies Inc