Habits for Productivity: 5 Important Work From Home Habits for Optimal Productivity
The COVID-19 crisis has definitely left its mark on our nation. Not only has it restricted our ability to travel, the availability of hygiene products like hand sanitizers and face masks are also affected. Many companies have decided to shift away from traditional working structures and are opting to work from home.
At The Rift, it is no different as we have decided to work from home to prioritize the safety of our staff, our customers and to heed our government’s warning to practice social distancing. However, working from home doesn’t mean that productivity has to suffer! With the right mindset and tools, we can replicate in-office experiences and ensure that work is done and delivered on time.
Here are some of the tips from our staff with regards to how they are tackling working from home:
Designate a work space
When you work from home, having distractions is inevitable. The bed looks extra comfortable, the games are only inches away from you, your leisure activities haunt your every corner. It’s best if we can dedicate a space or a room where you can associate with working so that when you are in the zone, you can start adjusting your mindset into the work mode. Shut out those distractions and let those ideas flow.
Dress for work
Get out of your pajamas and into something that feels less like “I’m going to bed.” For some, dressing the part boosts their confidence and productivity. It helps gets you into the mindset of work. You wouldn’t go to work in your pajamas, so why show up to your work desk in them when you’re working from home?
Set productivity hours
Working from home can be harder than going to work because our schedule can sometimes be determined by other people. For example, for those with children at home, a needy toddler is enough to upset your timing. Other family members who don’t work could cause disruptions throughout the day without realizing it. To overcome this, dedicate a time frame for work, ask the people at home to respect the time frame but also don’t be afraid to take breaks in between to tend to the ones who really need your attention.
Utilize video chat
Communication can sometimes be challenging over text or emails. Invest in a good pair of headphones and use video conferencing tools like Zoom, Skype, and Google Hangouts to communicate with your team! Even if it isn’t having a meeting for work purposes, it’s important to keep your mental health in tip top shape by having a quick chat with a colleague in the same position as you. Here, our Marketing team is using Zoom for our weekly marketing meeting! You can use custom backgrounds to block out pesky siblings in the background, offering some privacy in your own home.
Make to-do lists
Utilize a planner to plan out what you need to do for the day. The simplest, straightforward format would be a to-do list. However, you can structure it in more detail to include things like priorities, deadlines, PICs you need to communicate with today, and meeting schedules, etc. It’s your planner, so now that you have more control over your time, make sure you plan your day suitably!
Happy working and most importantly, stay safe and maintain good hygiene while you are at home! Avoid going out unnecessarily and if you really have to, bring your sanitizers, wear a face mask, and keep your distance whenever possible!
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