Working from home sounds like a straightforward concept, but it’s a little bit more complicated than meets the eye. Depending on what type of work it is you’re doing, there might be some challenges or obstacles that get in the way of being productive. Yes there are a lot of things which could potentially distract you from focusing on your job, but this isn’t to say that it’s impossible to be productive when you’re working remotely. In fact, depending on how you coordinate your affairs, it might even be possible to increase your efficiency when working from home. Here are a few tips to try out if the public health crisis has relocated you from an office-space to your residence:
1. Use To-Do Lists: A shortlist of tasks is a great way to stay focused on fulfilling any given quota of work. Organize all of your expected obligations into a list, and cross them off one task after the other.
2. Set Realistic Goals: Setting out to accomplish overly-ambitious tasks in only a few hours wastes time. If you’re going to include something on a to-do list, make sure it’s actually doable by the end of the day.
3. Don’t Multitask: Multitasking seems like something that enhances productivity, but it actually distracts people from following through on a lot of their intentions. If you’re going to do something, do it, get it done, and move on to the next.
4. Use Time Intervals: Because home is such a familiar setting, it’s easy to lose track of time and end up working on something without taking breaks. Set on alarm for 90-minute intervals, and use those alarms take a step back from your work and reboot.
5. Delegate: If your work involves coordinating with a team, this is the time when everyone’s roles needs to be seamlessly autonomous. Delegate work appropriately so that the burden of productivity is distributed evenly.
6. Group Similar Tasks Together: Once you start working on something specific, it’s easy to build momentum on that task. If your work involves doing multiple tasks which are similar in nature, schedule them to happen sequentially so that momentum can spill over from one task to the next.
Being productive has nothing to do with environment, and everything to do with attitude. It all boils down to whether or not you can manage time efficiently. The beautiful thing about doing business in the 21st century is that there’s a limitless supply of resources which facilitate transactions, even in the absence of brick and mortar premises. As long as you understand how to regiment your activities and concentrate on following through with scheduled goals, nothing will get in the way of getting the job done. Simply improvise and adjust your routine.