You have a meeting at 10.30 in the morning with your team, and you’ve got to brainstorm ideas for the new client’s project, but the neighbors are building a time machine at the same time? That blazing sound of the drill makes it difficult for you to have an uninterrupted meeting? By the sudden wave of the pandemic that hit in 2019, working remotely has not only become a necessity but also the only solution for you to make a living. It is no more considered to be a luxury for many professionals now. Can you tell what’s more productive for you; working from the office or working from the comfort of your home?
Both scenarios have their respective pros and cons. While working from the office makes it difficult for you to fully concentrate on your work because of one or the other colleague hovering over your table, it’s somewhat the same at home too. When working from home, your family members, especially children, can cause many distractions. While you have this feeling of constant peer pressure at work, you don’t necessarily feel that same communal obligation to get the work done and be five times more productive than you are at the office. When working from home, the biggest plus point is increased productivity levels and flexibility. Before this form of luxury turns into a missed opportunity, you need to follow a set pattern to make work from home beneficial for you. Here are some tips you may try:
The best thing about working from home is the comfort of being in your bed with your laptop while also watching something on the television. But let’s be honest, it is the worst thing to do as it messes up your back and your sleep schedules. It becomes hard to focus or resist sliding into sleep when in bed, so there’s a solution to that. Dedicate a workspace by setting up a table in the living room, which will provide a very office-esque sort of an environment and increase your productivity level.
Do you stay in your PJs while working from home? Well, who is even seeing you from the other side of the screen, right? No, you aren’t being judged as this is the most comfortable attire when you’re in your comfort zone, but you know what? Donning a t-shirt and PJs won’t help you in staying productive. When you put on the right attire while working from home, you give your nervous system a reason for doing so. It acts like an alarm that helps you stay alert for the rest of the day.
When working from home, it helps you keep track of how you’re utilizing your time productively and efficiently. Make a to-do list at the start of each day and keep track of your progress. Tick off each task after completing it while giving a pat on your back and working right.
For staying productive the entire day, it’s essential to take adequate breaks here and there. Get off that chair to refill your water bottle or grab another cup of coffee. Give yourself a few minutes every other hour to eat healthy, only to give your mind time to recharge.
You can’t always not get distracted by people at home, nor can you always expect them to not ask for you while you’re there. Let them know to treat your “work from home” as “working from the office” only, but try and converse with them here and there during your breaks. When it comes to working productively from home, it is you who can align your tasks and your environment, rightly, only to perform efficiently.