6 Essential tips to be more productive whilst you work or study from home
At a time where we have to be as careful as we can, a huge number of us have been asked to work from home.
For many of us, it's much harder to work from home as it is the place where we go after work to relax.
Not only will these tips make your life a little easier, it will also ensure you are being as productive as you can be!
When you are cutting out a commute, routine is very hard to stick to. Sure, you have your work to do, but now you don't have to start work as early, right?
The worst thing you can do is throw your routine out the window. It may be a little different, but try and stick to your daily routine as much as possible. Wake up at the same time, have your breakfast and get dressed (this is important)! Start working at the same time you normally would and take your lunch break at around the same time as well!
Have a tidy work space
Do you find yourself starting to tidy your room or do other unrelated chores in the middle of your work? That’s because clutter is seen as being very distracting.
So to avoid wasting time pottering about your desk, ensure your work space is tidy and clutter free. This will also allow a clear headspace for better concentration.
Keeping active is the key to being productive. Most of the time, the only movement you'll be doing is walking from your bedroom to your study space and of course, to the kitchen!
You should alternate between standing and sitting in order to keep your body happy. If you are working at a desk try and do some simple leg movements to help improve your blood circulation. This will keep you relaxed and eliminate any pressure accumulated during the day.
Remove and block out any distractions
Distractions come in many forms from TV and phones to people you live with. So if you are easily distracted it’s time to remove those interruptions now. Tell the people you live with that you want some peace whilst you work and put your phone away somewhere. Stay concentrated!
Try not to snack!
It's very tempting to walk off to the fridge every half an hour to find a snack. This is probably the worst thing you can do! Eat only at the times you would eat during your normal working day. If you have an 11am snack, keep that in the same room as you so you can avoid diving into the fridge and seeing what else is there.
Take a break
It is very important to take regular breaks whilst working from home, as it improves your concentration.
Make a cup of tea, go for a walk at lunchtime.
To really get the best out of your break you should get your blood flowing, so try and get up and move about.