10 Ways to Make Working From Home More Productive (and Free Up More Time for Yourself)
Instead of thinking an 8-, 6-, or 10-hour workday, split your day into four or five 90-minute windows.
That way, you will have on average 4 tasks you will get done a lot more efficiently. Take breaks between tasks to recharge.
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Don't assume people will automatically respect the fact that while you're working from home, you're still working.
Be proactive, share your schedule and explain when you'll be working. Describe how you work best: Whether that's "interrupt me at will" (probably not) or "only interrupt me if it's truly an emergency" (more likely).
Invest in a good computer, a good phone, and the most comfortable and ergonomically correct chair you can find.
Working from home means you spend a lot of time sitting. When you're uncomfortable, it's hard to stay focused and productive. See these things as investments, not expenses.
Take advantage of the fact a structure is not imposed on you when working from home and choose a routine that makes you as productive as you can be.
Otherwise, you'll fritter away much of your day bouncing from task to task and mistaking things that seem urgent for things that are truly important.
Prepare for that first thing you are going to do in the morning, that sets the tone for the day, the night before.
Make a list. Make a few notes. Review information. Prime yourself to hit the ground at an all-out sprint the next day. A body in super-fast motion tends to stay in super-fast motion.
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You can use a physical notebook around everywhere you go, but it's easier to use a to-do list app or tool that syncs across all your devices. That way, you can access your to-do items whenever and wherever you need to, whether you're at your desk, in a meeting, or on a business trip.
Write out your to-do list the day before:
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Switching between tasks can have damaging costs to our work and productivity.
Develop the habit of single-tasking by forcing your brain to concentrate on one task and one task only. Put your phone away, close all the browser windows and apps that you don’t need. Immerse yourself in this task. Only move to the next one when you’re done.
“Time management is not a peripheral activity or skill. It is the core skill upon which everything else in life depends.”
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Over the last decade, remote working has become more and more popular.
While there are many benefits to working from home, we need to be aware of a few things.
The rapid shift to remote working has proven many jobs are capable of being done at home. There are some changes that we need to make if this is going to continue.