Tips to Enhance Productivity While Work from Home
The deadly pathogen that has become the primary source of stimulating conversations at family dinners worldwide has finally begun to fracture and exhaust many health care systems. The fact that the health care systems of the wealthiest and most powerful countries have become easy prey to this virus taking many lives is quite daunting. This is because of the elements of this novel virus being highly contagious.
Exhaustion of the health care systems has nothing to do with the lethality and fatality rate of this virus – and much more to do with the lack of attention given to health care services across the globe. Most countries have taken harsh measures to contain the pandemic insinuated by COVID-19; some of the popular measures around the world right now are lockdown and curfews. During the COVID-19 outbreak, millions of people either lost their jobs or started working from home. A small virus has grappled the whole world and shifted the offices to work from home offices.
For instance, many multi-state organizations such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon, have undertaken swift measures for their employees. These measures include; a mandate being introduced to the employees about the work-from-home environment, this is very beneficial for both the company and the employees. As COVID-19 is here to stay – predictably for the next 7 to 8 months – people aren’t going to survive with no jobs and money.
The work from home environment has now become a popular norm among societies. But this newly adapted culture and the environment have made many people lazy and sluggish. For this reason, the main focus of this article is to provide you with the best tips to work from home, counter your procrastination, and be as productive as possible. Let’s explore.
1. Follow a strict and productive routine
Operating and working from your premises can look like an easy task but is a quite challenging one – as you don’t have a boss continually pushing you all the time. Consequently, you procrastinate and get lenient with deadlines. This stalls and obstructs your daily growth and work metrics. Moreover, it further leads to your mind getting frazzled and you end up forming an extreme opinion that you are not the type that can work from home
If you find yourself under this category, the solution to this mind-frazzling yet the straightforward problem is to constitute a daily work-routine. Download any reminder application and fill in all your reminders in it. As many scientific studies reveal, when a routine is strictly followed, a person becomes productive, and procrastination fades away.
2. Avoid any distractions
After keeping in mind and undertaking the first step of the detailed procedure of how to get more productive during a pandemic, you must keep in mind avoiding and eradicating any distractions that make you procrastinate and not being more productive while working from home. These distractions can be anything from talking to loved ones to thinking about playing a game during work. The solution to this widespread problem is just one, and that is to avoid getting caught by the distractions. Switch-off your phone when work time is on, and self-isolate yourself so you can focus on the work.
3. Do online meeting to avoid physical interaction
Setting up an online meeting with co-workers can be beneficial for both the work and your social interaction. During the coronavirus outbreak, social interaction has been restricted, leading to a lack of motivation to get things done. For this reason, set up a morning meeting with co-workers, re-enforce social interaction, talk to them, and discuss the goals.
Discussing progress and goals with your team can be highly beneficial for you and your co-workers, as it directly boosts your motivation. Since many minds are working together solving few problems, you can tackle the problem swiftly and save a humongous amount of time.
4. Avoid getting caught up by your surroundings
Quitting the job because of your problems isn’t the option as your family, and the company needs you to work. However, each for very different reasons, but you get the point. Emend your mindset to work efficiently as there is no other option. The only sole option is to work with sheer dedication, avoiding any distractions and putting the utter focus on the work.
Keep a social distance from your surroundings, as it is right for your health and enables you to maintain focus. Develop a conducive and constructive work-from-home environment, and constitute some work-policies that were induced and undertaken in conventional offices during the ‘pre-corona’ world.
There can be many distractions, from a neighbor knocking on the door to a call from your best friend. Make sure you stay disciplined to your work and not get caught up with those distractions. This creates an intellectual wall between you and your distractive surroundings.
5. Use different work-management tools
Many offices hire a team of professionals who manage, administrate, and adjust the given task according to the company’s deadlines and aims. During the time of pandemic and in the work-from-home environment, there is apparent unavailability of this service. For this reason, you have to create and administrate your deadlines and goals by yourself. Any work management applications can be beneficial to tackle this task. These applications make your work more comfortable, and you don’t get frazzled and exhausted with overburdened work.
6. Compare your productivity
After following all the above-mentioned steps regarding productivity tips for working at home, the last tip elucidates the importance of measuring your productivity. Measure how much you work in work from home environment and compare it to your office’s productivity. In this way, you will improve daily, and your daily growth will become imminent. Taking regular intervals in your work-time isn’t a big deal, but doing something productive, instead of letting procrastinating thoughts lure into your mind, can be effective.
Analysis of your work can provide you with limpid areas of improvement. You can clearly understand what your strengths and weaknesses are.
Induce a work from home environment
During the coronavirus outbreak, everyone should induce a work from home environment, it will be hard to adapt to such a situation, but there’s no option as this historical period of COVID-19 is here to stay.
Do not get caught up in the distractions in your surroundings, and stay connected with your team to keep your mental health intact. Observe sheer isolation during the work-time, ensure that there are no distractions.
Use work and time management tools to keep track of your goals. These tools help you manage your overburdened work, save time for other daily routines, and make you improve daily.
Concluding, prioritize your health over everything because If you fall ill, you will not be able to work and support your family in these harsh economic times. For this reason, take proper precautionary measures: frequently washing your hands, disinfecting your house and especially your workspace with any anti-germs spray, and avoiding physical, social interaction.