It is very likely that given the quarantine by covid19 you will be forced to have your office at home for a short time. At the same time, he may have discovered that the greatest difficulty lies in the multitude of distractions and temptations offered by a home office.
Of course, working from home has benefits: reduced travel time, fuel savings and meals, the convenience of working in pajamas (ok, try to avoid it), enjoy more family time, as well as, greater flexibility in managing your time.
In fact, working from home can result in increased productivity:90 people believe that telework makes them more productive.
However, not everything can be happiness. It is quite possible that things like: The dog wants to leave, you should wash clothes, children/ couple / neighbors do not understand the concept that working requires long and continuous moments of concentration to achieve the completion of certain tasks, struggling to avoid interruptions.
It has been a journey, between trial and error, along with collaboration agreements, however, I feel free to share these tips that I found very useful:
1. Set up your home office for productivity.
! It would be amazing to have an office in a soundproof booth and overlooking a calm natural landscape like a valley, a lake or a mountain! … this is not possible for most people, but you can still design your home office, taking into account productivity.
Try to stay away from traffic areas and look for a quiet corner of the house. Make sure your space has a window, put some plants outside that window, look for a view that doesn’t distract you, and that it’s granting some peace of mind or peace. Occasionally, enjoy the sun’s rays, which will help charge the batteries Leave enough space to have everything you need to get your work done easily.
2. Keep your distractions handy.
You’ll need brain breaks from time to time. Maybe it’s a book, a game app on your phone or a favorite musical instrument: choose your weapon. Keep it close so you can reward yourself with short breaks, but don’t see it. He doesn’t want to be constantly tempted and find himself looking at him longingly instead of working.
3. Make sure you’re comfortable.
Not so comfortable that you’re sleeping more than working. But it’s terribly difficult to be a focused and productive person when you constantly strive to see your computer screen or when your back hurts.
A good firm and comfortable chair is always a good investment. Monitors an ergonomically position in front of the screen. If you have a laptop, you can also invest in a screen that expands the minimum image 19″. Try temporarily switching to other places in your residence, taking advantage of laptop mobility, you can even try standing.
4. Invest in light exercise equipment.
Take a set of resistance bands, light weights or even a small treadmill or a step machine and keep it in your office space. Taking short breaks to exercise can help you change gears, refocus, and revitalise as needed during the day. Not to mention it’s good for you. Your head and heart (and back, and shoulders, and knees …) will thank you.
5. Cleans ruthlessly and frequently.
Things have a habit of accumulating in home offices … all sorts of things, especially if you have kids.
Get used to purging your home’s office of paper piles, half-read books, coffee cups, knickknacks, and anything else that’s taking up space for no purpose.
Resist the need to use that space as storage, and fight anyone else in your home who sees that clean, nice floor space as a potential home for those boxes of old clothes and books that are too lazy to take to the basement. You can’t start your homework routine with a clear, focused mindset when you’re surrounded by garbage.
6. Take eye breaks.
This sounds small, but you’d be surprised at the big difference it can make! It’s hard to remember to do it regularly, so make a real effort here and see how it works for you.
Reduce visual fatigue by following the 20–20–20 rule. Every twenty minutes, stop looking at your screen. Look at something 20 yards away and hold it for 20 seconds. Your lookers will thank you.
This rule complements the Tomato Timmer rule very well. 25 minutes to take out a target. with high concentration, with the pressure of the timer.
Also, rest 5 minutes to exercise as already mentioned or to thank the universe or God.
7. Work for purpose to have home office.
Make a list of tasks that you must complete every day, and then do so. Make sure everything you need to do your work is available to you, whether in your office or on your computer. Cross-out items from the list as you go. This is one of the main recommendations, I personally feel that procrastination is the main barrier to developing your work in the home office modality.
8. Get tough on distracting people
There may be people in your life who, as much as you try to remember them gently, just don’t understand: working from home still means working!
Whether it’s a talking neighbor, or a friend who simply likes to overlook, or your incessantly calling- in-law, teach yourself to disconnect politely but firmly. Don’t answer the phone or door; It’s really as simple as that. Once you have informed people about their work hours at home and that it is not available, there is no need to apologize for not being available for anything other than a real five-alarm emergency.
As well as, schedules are important for dedication, they are also important to finish. commit not to work after a certain time, example 7 pm.
If you don’t set your limits, no one will do it for you.
9. Dress up as an adult
It’s a bad habit to get in: wander the stairs with your boxers and T-shirt, grab a cup and head straight for the computer. You can take a shower later, can’t you? Maybe the next break …
Don’t do it, strive to get up and prepare for a regular work day, every day. Home office is still work. You’ll be distracted, you’ll lose track of time and panic when you suddenly have to prepare for a video call or go somewhere. Plus, there’s something about dressing the piece that makes you feel more professional and ready to approach your work as productively as possible.
Seriously, put your pants on.