Working from home comes with its own challenges, no matter how long we’ve been doing it. A few tips to get into the right frame of mind to boost your productivity go a long way in making the experience better. These 7 easy-to-implement hacks will keep you on track.
1. Say no to pyjamas
Although staying in your PJ set may be your comfort zone, getting dressed for your day sets you up for a more efficient and productive day. Pyjamas make you feel like you’re in leisure mode while being dressed will put you into work mode. But that doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable. Pick light and comfortable outfits like dresses or top-and-trouser combinations for women or joggers and Polo t-shirts for men so you can have the best of both worlds.
2. Organise your workspace
A cluttered workspace will only lead to a cluttered mind. Organising your desk and surroundings will help you focus on the task at hand. Put away any distractions and keep your desk simple with just the essentials you need for your workday. And separate this space from your personal space so when you’re sitting at your desk you know that it is time to work.
3. Move around the house
If you’re someone who needs variety and you can work even without a desk, a good option is to keep changing where you work. Sit at your desk, then move to the couch to take your calls, switch to the balcony during teatime and enjoy the breezy evenings. This will break the monotony of being at home all day and may help you concentrate better too.
4. Indulge in calming fragrances
Have you heard about how some fragrances can calm and soothe you? Some essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress levels too. Lemon scents promotes concentration and reduces anxiety. Find a scent that you find pleasant and light a candle next to you or buy a diffuser to keep nearby.
5. Schedule work hours
This is an important one! Most times working from home means starting your day really early and finishing late at night. This could lead to fatigue and burnout in the long run. Just like you have fixed work hours while you’re at office, create a schedule for working from home too and try to stick to as much as you can.
6. Find a balance
Balancing long work hours, taking care of your home and making time for personal commitments can be a daunting task. Prioritise the tasks you have for the day and create a schedule that works for you. Make time for yourself too by taking breaks through the day and taking time out to do something you love – go for a walk, read a book, watch your favourite TV show or exercise.
7. Stretch and exercise
Exercise is known to improve blood circulation, boost endorphins, reduce stress levels and of course, keep you healthy. Start your day off with a short workout to stretch your muscles and become more alert to work. During the day, take 5–10-minute breaks to do basic stretches – it will keep you energized!