With the office allowing us to separate home from work, the amalgamation of both worlds can be tricky at times. However, there are some simple ways in which you can not only boost your productivity, but overall mood when it comes to working from home.
Have a morning routine
Rather than snoozing your alarm and rolling straight out of your bed to your desk, incorporate a morning routine into your day. Treat it as if it is part of your working day. Whether it means getting up and walking a mile or reading a book at breakfast, the designated you time before work will help clear any mind fog from the night before.
Take regular breaks
As easy as it is to work through task, after task, breaks are essential for productivity. Not only do they allow your brain time to reset away from the computer screen, but they also proven to relieve stress and reduce the need for a longer period of recovery at the end of the day.
Separate your workspace from your relaxation space
It is important to ensure your workspace isn’t in the same vicinity as your relaxation space. While this can be tricky, for those living where they have to work in their room, there are certain practices you can put in place to distinguish the two.
If you work from your bedroom, make sure you work away from your bed. While lying on your mattress may seem comfy, subconsciously you will confuse your body into thinking it can relax and unwind. This may result is not only a reduction in productivity, but when it comes to going to sleep, you may find yourself struggling to unwind.
Follow the fifteen-minute rule
A simple rule that can make a big difference. If a task takes fifteen minutes, then do it straight away. You will find that you can reduce your list by witling down quick tasks, meaning you can focus more time on the bigger tasks.
Start with the hardest task
A fresh mind is the best mind, which is why starting with the hardest task is best practice. Regardless of if it is enjoyable, once the task is complete you will feel more accomplished to take on the rest of the day.
Don’t just rely on coffee
While coffee is a fantastic energy booster, it doesn’t last forever, and normally the signs of mental fatigue need more than caffeine to combat it. Interestingly while our brain equates for 2% of our body mass, it can account for up to 20% of our daily energy expenditure. Meaning hours of thinking could be why you are feeling drained, especially when a busy day results in forgotten lunches. Therefore, make sure you take your lunch break and have some healthy snacks on hand; from nuts to an apple remember to fuel your brain correctly to ensure focus and productivity.
Schedule regular catch up calls
While we can get in touch with our colleagues by email and instant messaging, a quick verbal catch ups can put you on the right path to productivity. Hearing a friendly voice away from the tapping of keys can make all the difference, especially when it comes to explaining tasks and expectations. This can also help narrow down the best way of approaching the day, giving you more structure and direction.
Turn your phone over
Having access to your phone can be the ultimate distraction. While working turn your phone over, or better yet put it somewhere out of reach, this way the temptation to check your social timeline during a menial task is taken away.
Stick to work hours
While not always possible, it can be easy for you to become carried away when it comes to working. With no normal cues to dictate the end of the working day, such as colleagues leaving the office, you may fall prey to staring at your screen longer than normal. By logging off at a set time, you will know how many hours you have to fit your work in and therefore, ensure you don’t coast through the day leaving you logging on for longer.