Many of us have been working from home for almost a year now due to the COVID-19 productivity.
In this post I'll share 3 tips to boost your productivity while working from home.
Think about what your work day used to be like at the office. When did you get most of your work done? When did you take breaks? What did you dread? What did you look forward to? Now look at your current schedule working from home. Compare the two and see how you can optimize your productivity and incorporate socialization.
You can learn more in my blog post on avoiding distractions when working from home.
If it's difficult getting things done while also having your kids at home, consider having a conversation with your kids (depending on their age) to talk about school and work. How would they describe what you do for work? What do they think is important about work? How do they feel about schooling at home, and how do they focus best when working on their homework? Help them make connections between your situation and theirs, and come up with solutions that everyone agrees on.
create the best set-up for you
The right furniture and accessories can make a difference in your productivity (and your kids, if they are virtual schooling at home). Make a corner of the den, living room, or play room into their 'classroom' with educational furniture or hacked kids furniture so they have a dedicated space to learn.
Ergonomic furniture and accessories are important. You may have had your desk at work set up the best way but your at-home workspace was just 'making do'. Plug your laptop into a larger monitor to reduce eye strain. Elevate your laptop or monitor so it is in front of your eyes, and tilted at about 10-12 degrees.
Purchase or make a lumbar support cushion for your chair, or a seat cushion if your hips are bothering you.
dress for work
Dressing for the part can help boost your productivity, too, by creating a more professional headspace. Maintaining a least some of your morning routine, such as showering, shaving, putting on makeup, etc. can help you get into the same headspace that you used to be in when you went into work.
These are just some suggestions to try out. Find out what works for you by identifying your issues, and digging down to the root cause, and then brainstorming solutions to fix it.
What have you found challenging in working from home? Comment below.
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