Have you been working in an office for 5 years? 10, 20 or more? You’re probably accustomed to having your routine even after you move offices and settings.
We’re so used to it and now that so many of us are working from home, it’s hard to match that same level of productivity since it’s so easy to ‘cheat’ when you’re working from home.
Playing with your dog, your children, turning on the TV, almost everything is a distraction.
Here are 5 ways that you can boost your productivity while working from home.
Use the Pomodoro Timer
One of the best ways to avoid overworking and getting the most out of work intervals is to use the Pomodoro Method. Intervals of work with short breaks in between.
What you do, is you set a timer for 25 minutes, and perform your task.
Once the 25 minutes is up, you take a 5 minute break.
This is an effective technique to keep you focused. Give it a try!
Keep Your Phone Away
Your phone is filled with distractions. Even though we here at Ledetech provide solutions for you to be near your smartphone or tablet, keeping your device away from you while you work is great for productivity.
You don’t need to be checking social media or the news.
You don’t need to respond to texts or receive phone calls unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Without interruptions from your phone or in a typical work environment, you go from having a 44% chance of having a successful day to a 67% chance.
Any improvement in productivity and focus is a huge win.
Don’t Let Emails Rule You
Emails can kill your productivity. Most of the time, they can wait!
A lot of us are obsessed with trying to keep our unread numbers down or just completely ignore them.
Sometimes they can make us stressed just thinking about them and they can even stop you from performing other important tasks!
Going back to one of our suggestions above, block out a time during one of your Pomodoro intervals and dedicate it to responding to your emails.
Get Started Early
This may be one of the most difficult ones since many people have children that can disrupt sleeping patterns.
But studies have shown that certain tasks are performed best when started early in the morning.
If you’re starting early before others are awake, there’s a good chance that you’ll get your work done more productively since you’ll be free from distractions.
Try out different types of tasks earlier in the morning.
Rest & Break Time
This is important for workaholics out there.
If you’re working from home, you roll out of bed and start working from sun-up to sun-down.
You can easily burn yourself out mentally by doing this.
Reward yourself with breaks and find that balance.
We’re going through a difficult time right now and for some, it’s finding a new way of working, or even finding new work.
We’re also bombarded with news that doesn’t make us hopeful for the future and going back to normal.
It all can weigh down on you.
Allow yourself some breaks from it all and use it as an opportunity to try and discover what makes you happy, productive, and the best version of yourself to get through these times.
Hang in there!