A guide to working from home and staying productive

The world is in a strange place right now and as social restrictions are implemented across the globe, a growing number of workers are beginning to work from home. Whilst for the first few days working from the couch with the TV on in the background sounds great, you will quickly find that it becomes repetitive and work soon begins to build up.

So how do you effectively work from home and remain productive? We have put together our top three tips to help you:

1.Set a work area

One of the most important things you should do when working from home is to have a designated space with which to work from. Whilst you might be tempted to work from the comfort of your bed or the sofa, you will be far more productive creating yourself a desk and having your own work station away from any distractions.

2. Create a routine

One of the biggest problems that many people find when they are working from home is the lack of a routine. When you commute to an office every day, you will be used to catching the same train or leaving your home at a set time – however when working from home it is very easy for this time to slip away from you.

It is important that you create yourself a clear routine that includes which time you will be at your desk every morning. Working from home makes it very easy to become lazy, but sticking to your usual routine of waking up, showering and getting ready will ensure you are mentally prepared for the day ahead.

Of course it is also important to set a time that you will switch off each evening. Working from home can lead to many employees never actually getting away from their work; answering emails late into the night and never getting to relax.

3. Take regular breaks

Many people find that they are able to be far more productive when they are working from home, however it is also very easy to lose track of time and become engrossed in your computer.

If you are working from home for a prolonged period of time, it is important to ensure that you step away from your computer every few hours and take a short break to do something different – ideally a walk around the block. Not only does this help to provide you with some fresh air but it is also shown to help encourage fresh thinking and new ideas.

Working from home can be a highly productive experience, however it is also very easy to see your day disappear as you catch up on regular household chores. By creating a clear structure to your day and ensuring that you take enough breaks, it can actually be a very enjoyable and efficient way to complete your work.

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