Most of us have been working from home throughout the pandemic, which for some of us, has been great. We don’t need to sit through long commutes, we can spend more time with our families, and we can sit in the comfort of our own home.
However, for some of us, it means that we’re out of routine, which has been shown to have a negative impact on our sleeping pattern according to this study, we’re working extra hours and we’re feeling a lot less productive than we normally would be.
Here are five tips on ways that you can ensure that your productivity is maximised and that your work from home life is the best that it can possibly be:
The Right Set Up
Not everyone has space for a separate home-office in their home, but it’s still important that you have the right equipment to get you through your day. Having things such as a clear desk, an office chair that is comfortable and anti-glare glasses are important for those that are on their computers for most of the day.
This home office set up guide lists a handy step-by-step checklist on how you should set your office up for maximum productivity and as little distraction as possible.
Stay in Routine
It’s important to stay in the same routine at home, as you would in work. This could mean using your commute time to go on a walk around the block and listening to your favourite podcast, ensuring you get changed out of your pajamas or comfortable clothes and into normal clothing, and even taking tea breaks as if you would in work. Which takes us on to the next point.
Take Regular Breaks
Taking regular breaks is so important for your productivity. It can help prevent stress, help to maintain performance in the day and it will also prevent the afternoon slump. A lot of people find it difficult to switch-off at home, but taking a full hour’s lunch break, along with 5-minute tea breaks throughout the day will actually make you more efficient and also a lot more alert.
Jade Thomas, Office Manager at Pure Structured Finance, says:
“Make sure you spend your lunch break away from the screen. I’ve found that taking a lunch break away from all screens, including my TV, helps with productivity in the afternoon. Some suggestions include taking a half-hour walk, making a nice lunch, doing a bit of housework or even reading a book.”
Mood Boosting Music
Listening to the right kind of music will keep you concentrated and productive throughout the day. Create a playlist that you think works best for you, whether it’s your favourite pop songs, music that’s made for concentration, or whether having the radio on in the background helps you out. It’s all about trial and error until you find what works best for you!