Working from home, outside of your typical office, can pose new challenges, like productivity! Get back on track in no time with our 5 top tips on maintaining your efficiency when working remotely.
1) Stay Connected
Whether you’re an introvert benefiting from a quieter work area, or an extrovert missing your productivity pals, you need to stay in touch. First, you’ll want to stay on target with your team. There are no more reminders around the water cooler, no more boss around the corner to answer your quick questions. If you’re not sure about something, ask! Don’t get stuck second-guessing and making simple errors. Secondly, socialization is important! You may feel some Zoom fatigue, but touching base will help you feel like a part of the team.
2) Stick to Your Schedule
Maintain your regular hours! Ruining your work (and perhaps sleep) schedule can seriously damage your quality of work. Don’t deviate from what has worked for you in the past. Keep your 9-5 a 9-5. Furthermore, maintain those great habits you’ve built into your routine to keep your mind focused. This might include morning journaling or a midday workout. Consistency is key.
3) Start Your Day Right
Your morning sets the standard for your entire workday. If you want to center your day around productivity, make sure you set yourself up for success. This should include:
- A good alarm to get you out of bed
- Healthy and filling breakfast
- Meditative time to plan ahead and prioritize
- A great playlist or podcast to keep spirits high
- Limiting distractions for the next several hours
4) New Environments
If you are experiencing high stress or even burnout, your productivity will plummet. Get some fresh air if you can! Taking a moment during the day to grab your mask and get outside can provide relief as a brief change in scenery and can help you clear your mind. If you can get your blood pumping with a quick walk or some aerobics, your brain will thank you!
5) Take a Break
Think about normal times when you were on the job – how often were you able to hit the water cooler or stretch your legs? Working from home can blur the lines and make us feel like we need to keep up, or like you’re behind already. You deserve a break, especially if you’re in front of a computer all day. Take fifteen minutes, even if you don’t feel like you need it. It’s good for your eyes, your body, and your effectiveness to switch things up.