Author: Ruddy Umba
The world is facing an unprecedented set of challenges as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our way of life. During this situation, it is highly recommended to stay home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. More workplace areas are transitioning to work from home, and we are all trying to continue working and staying productive even if we are required to work alone and remotely.
Here are some tips to help you be more productive at home:
1. Create a workplace
It is important to set a place at home where you exclusively work. I personally cannot focus if my space is a mess. I like my workspace to be clean and to have everything I need within easy reach. That helps to stay organized, avoiding distractions, and wasting time.
A dedicated workspace helps me stay away from home distractions. For those who have kids, having a place at home where you exclusively work teaches your kids about the importance of separating work from personal life.
2. Make a list
Working from home involves some self-discipline, it is very important to make a list of every task, assignment, or project that you will be working on. It is very important to know how to prioritize so that you could make a list of the most important or urgent duties to the less important or urgent.
3. Communication is important
Good communication with your teammates, business partners, or employees often results in high productivity and improves morale. In addition, it also helps from feeling isolated.
4. Take breaks
I personally like taking breaks. Getting up and walking around, having a snack, or talking to a family member or a friend. Sometimes, I would take a short nap. Before taking a break, I like writing down things that I would need to take care of after my break.
5. Know when to stop
Some people who work from home found themselves self-working more than they did at the office. The fact that you are home, makes it easy to keep going, and thinking just one more or completing one more task that you just remembered. A great way to avoid that is to create a routine. Every day, start, take a break, and end at a specific or regular time. Do your best to follow your schedule and once you stop, try to be done.
Best of luck, everyone.