The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so many aspects of our lives, especially in the business world. All across the globe, as the virus continued to spread and infection rates soared, businesses found themselves in the unprecedented position of having to close down their offices and places of work, send employees home and begin remote working where possible.
It’s been a big adjustment for many employers and employees, and we’ve seen a lot of businesses trying to find new ways to improve performance in their remote workers, as well as managers and team leaders trying to keep employees motivated and engaged during these challenging times.
For the workers too, it’s been a challenge and many people find that working from home, in spite of its benefits, presents some real issues in terms of trying to remain focused on the tasks at hand, hit deadlines and attain maximum productivity levels. When you have all the comforts of home around you as well as the distractions, maintaining peak performance can be tricky. Here are some tips to help.
Create A Schedule
One of the most obvious and useful tips for any workers wanting to raise productivity levels while working from home is to make sure to stick to a regular working schedule. Being at home doesn’t mean that you should be picking and choosing when you work or randomly taking breaks to wander into the kitchen and grab a snack.
Basically, you need to act like you’re in the office. Try following a regular routine and making sure you’re logged on at a set time each morning and working all the way through to a scheduled end time. Not only will this help with your own productivity and organisation, but it will also help colleagues and managers keep in touch with you and know that they can rely on you.
Get Dressed And Prepare Professionally
When most people start working from home for the first time, they’re thrilled at the thought of being able to roll right out of bed, grab their morning coffee and take a seat on the couch, logging into their work database wearing pajamas and beginning the working day in pure comfort. This might be fun once or twice, but it’s important not to get into any bad habits when it comes to remote working.
Lazing around on the sofa in your pajamas can make you take your work less seriously and be more prone to taking breaks or not putting in the usual amount of effort and focus. Whether you’re an admin worker or something different, you might be surprised how much difference you notice by getting up at a proper time, getting dressed, taking a seat at a designated desk and having a more professional approach to your remote work.
Get The Right Tools For The Job
When you’re approaching any kind of work, it’s vital to have the correct tools to carry out your intended tasks. If you want to build a house, for instance, you wouldn’t settle for subpar tools, or if you want to start a website, you wouldn’t head in with a basic builder and low-quality coding skills.
The same logic applies to working from home. In most cases, you’ll need a good, sturdy desk to support your computing equipment, a strong internet connection to keep you connected throughout the day and allow for fast and easy file transfers, a quality webcam and microphone set-up for video calls and so on.
Eat And Sleep Correctly
One of the perks many people cite when talking about working from home is the fact that they have access to their own kitchens and pantries. This allows them to eat the snacks and lunches they like, without having to be limited to office offerings or pay high prices at cafes and restaurants around their regular place of work.
But having access to your kitchen can be a disadvantage too, as it might tempt you into eating too many unhealthy snacks throughout the day. Indeed, many people during the pandemic have found themselves snacking during work much more often than they usually would, so try to take a sensible approach to your daily diet while working.
Buy some healthy snacks like fruits and granola bars and keep them near your desk so you aren’t tempted to walk back and forth to the kitchen and grab other goodies along the way. Similarly, as well as following a healthy diet, make sure you stick to a proper sleep schedule and get your eight hours of rest each evening.
Author: John Peterson – Journalist, Shop&bBuy.
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