• Elliot Robinson

How to be Productive When You're Working From Home



Working from home is not an easy thing. There are so many distractions, so many little things that can take your attention away from the work at hand. Working from home does have it’s benefits of course, the saved commute time and greater sense of control over the workday gives people the opportunity to be even more productive than they ever could be working in the office. However for most of us, the comfort of your own home is not the most ideal place for hard work. You shouldn’t feel guilty if you are not being as productive as you should be, it’s important to remember that this is a difficult situation to be put in and considering there’s still a global pandemic, it is not surprising if your attention shifts away sometimes. So the following are simple little tips that have helped me which I hope can also help you, in your efforts to stay productive (and sane!) whilst working from home.



Dress the part


Obviously there is no dress code while working from home and it is awfully tempting to dress comfortably, after all you are swapping the office's swivel chairs for the sofa. However something as simple as dressing appropriately for your working day will benefit your concentration and productivity immensely, even if you are just in your living room. Not only will this help get you into a routine in the mornings but it will also put you in the right headspace for a full day at work. Besides when you look the part, you more than often act the part too.



Take advantage of the hours correctly


While at home it can be easy to fall into a flexible schedule, instead you should focus on having strict working hours. But this doesn’t necessarily mean working a 9-5 schedule, some people find that they are more productive in the mornings than the afternoons for instance, so prioritising your work around your most productive hours of the day can be very beneficial. What’s also important is that you do not overwork yourself and potentially burn yourself out, the danger of which is increased by working from home. Often we are told about the potential stresses of taking your work home with you, but letting your workday run into your personal life is only going to lead to trouble. Make a decision on when to end your workday and stick to it, no excuses.



Go outside


Working from home can be very beneficial, but the blurred reality between home and work can be troublesome for both productivity and mental health. Heading outside and spending a good ten minutes walking around the block is a great way to freshen your mind and even get some new ideas. On particularly bright days you could even change your work space to the garden, nothing is worse than being stuck inside on a hot and sunny day, this is made even worse by working alone at home. Reach out to your colleagues too, if they have the appropriate space there is no reason why you shouldn’t head over to their home and work alongside them. A change of scenery is a great refresher for the mind.


Take a Break


If you find yourself taking multiple short breaks throughout the day whenever your mind starts to wander a little, you should instead consider having set breaks throughout the day. These can be particularly beneficial because knowing that you have a set break coming up in an hour is more conducive to your work, rather than deciding to take a short break whenever you feel like it, which does not help with your concentration and overall productivity. It is very important to stay focused, even during challenging moments.

If you find yourself taking multiple short breaks throughout the day whenever your mind starts to wander a little, you should instead consider having set breaks throughout the day. These can be particularly beneficial because knowing that you have a set break coming up in an hour is more conducive to your work, rather than deciding to take a short break whenever you feel like it, which does not help with your concentration and overall productivity. It is very important to stay focused, even during challenging moments.



Reward Yourself

Perhaps the most important is the need to reward yourself. Studies have shown that productivity improves dramatically with the incentive of rewards, unfortunately being away from the office means you are not going to be receiving any validation from the workplace anytime soon. Instead, whenever you have succeeded at a particular task or deadline, you should focus on rewarding yourself. These rewards can range from anything like taking a small tea break to finishing an hour early and catching up on your favourite TV show, this incentive will help to keep your mind on the task and on a long term basis it will keep you productive. It’s important to reward yourself for a job well done.




About Elliot Robinson


I’m a recent graduate of English with strong passion for reading, writing, sport and film. I hope you enjoy what you have read. My career aspiration is to become a writer one day for a magazine.

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