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March 2, 2022 No Comments

Featured article by Evelina Brown

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At first glance, some people who get the opportunity to have remote work begin to rejoice because there is no longer a need to spend a huge amount of time getting to the office in the morning or leaving the office for home at the end of the working day. Now you can sit at the computer in pajamas and work in a comfortable format.

However, after working for several weeks or months in this mode, many begin to understand that everything is not as simple as it might seem at first glance. At home, there are a huge number of distractions that, over time, begin to affect business productivity. In this regard, many people are starting to wonder how to stay productive when working from home?

If you have begun to notice that your working performance is showing a decline, then we have prepared this post for you, where you can find tips on how to remain efficient and make good results at work while staying at home.

Thorough planning of the day

If you live alone, then it will not be difficult for you to plan your day. This is the first point that needs special attention. This is especially true for those who have a flexible work schedule because many people can simply be distracted by everyday activities during working hours and do not have time to complete the amount of work that needs to be done in a day.

In this case, everyone can take a notebook and a pen, and in the evening draw up a plan of action for the next day. This helps you focus on what needs to be done and also helps if you forget to do something.

For people who live at home with their families, things are much more difficult, because you need to learn how to separate work from family concerns so as not to lose productivity. If possible, try to determine the time when it will be more convenient for you to deal with work issues. In addition, take care of task management to determine which tasks are primary and which are secondary.

Allocate space for work only

Coming to the office, you have your desk and computer, where you deal with work issues and tasks. When it comes to working outside the office, the line between work and household chores is lost. In this case, it is useful to highlight the area where your home office will be located, that is, to organize workspace.

The best option is to have an office in an apartment or house, but only a small part of people can boast of having additional free space. In this regard, if you do not have an office, then you need to allocate a computer desk or some corner in the house to put a table, laptop, and other necessary equipment that you may need. This is important because you need to minimize distractions. In addition, when having an online meeting, you will need to organize a quiet and peaceful place to focus on work.

Make sure you have the necessary online tools and software

If you use a personal computer or laptop, then you need to make sure that you can use all the necessary tools and programs. You will have to work with a huge amount of documents and therefore you can find a lot of useful programs and online tools on the net that will make this task easier for you. Among the many, you can choose tools to merge PDF or find a guide on what to do with archive files.

In addition, when working with many files, it will be inconvenient to search for the necessary documents on your computer. To separate and organize documents, you can use Dropbox to store all the necessary documentation there and easily find everything you need.

Think about security

When performing tasks on a personal computer, you can become the culprit of leaking confidential and secret information if you do not take care of secure access. This is especially true if you are using an insecure connection. Many professionals sometimes work from different remote locations and use public Wi-Fi, which increases the risk of data leakage.

To protect yourself, you need to consult with your management so that they give precise instructions on how to deal with this situation since you can harm not only yourself but also your company.  After all, you can get much more problems than just loss of productivity.

Get rid of distractions

Even sitting in the office, many may decide to look at their social network pages for 5 minutes and disappear there for a long time. However, there are bosses at work who can control you. At home, no one controls you, so there is an increased risk that you can waste valuable work time if you spend too much time on social networks.

We recommend that you put your smartphone somewhere far away for the time of work and use it in case of emergency. Also, turn off notifications so that there is no temptation. After the working day, after completing tasks, you can read all the news, watch videos, and more.

Take some time off

It’s pretty easy to lose focus when you’re on your laptop all day long. Firstly, you become less perceptive of essential things, and secondly, your body gets incredibly tired of sitting in one position for a long time. Because of this, you get tired faster, and productivity decreases as much as possible.

To prevent this, it is important to take breaks and leave your workplace. Ideally, it is best to take several 30-minute breaks a day. You can arrange coffee breaks, go outside for a short walk to get some fresh air, and increase airflow.

In addition, you can take five or ten-minute breaks to do physical exercises. It has long been proven that a little stretching can help reduce the burden on the body, as well as relieve muscle pressure. Do a few sets of squats, a full-body warm-up, or just stretch your muscles and you will find that you will feel much better.

Conclusion

Working from home can be much more of a challenge than it might seem at first glance. This is because the number of distractions increases. The above methods will help keep productivity at an elevated level.

 

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