Since the pandemic continues which forced most of the companies to shut down their operation in their workplace and companies were forced to ask their employees to perform their tasks remotely.
When you hear the term working remotely OR working from home you think that wow you don’t have to commute or wake up at a fixed time in the morning, though it’s good to start early.
Surely these are the advantages of staying at home, but it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. I mean there are also some disadvantages to working remotely.
It makes you feel relaxed and you know what that’s the problem, I mean you still have to perform your tasks and meet deadlines.
Think of staying at the peak of efficiency and productivity in this time where we are forced to stay indoors due to the pandemic and contribute more to your firm in these difficult times.
I did try to compile a few of the tips & tricks which can help you to stay focused and achieve your goals.
Tip # 1 Pre-Plan Your Day / Make a list of Daily Tasks
When you are working from home, you’re basically on your own. It is always a better idea to schedule your work activities and your other activities to keep things in sync.
This will help you start your day smoothly and helps you to stick to your high priority tasks. This can help you in two ways: It provides closure to the current workday, allowing for an easy transition from your home office to life at home.
And the next day. You can begin your day already knowing your tasks & activities for the day and the cycle goes on and you’ll see how smooth the process is.
Tip # 2 Create a Separate Space for yourself
Surely, you need your own little space where no one can distract you as there are already so many distractions when you are working from home.
It helps you stay focused on your work and boost your productivity and efficiency. Treat that space as your office and pretend that you’re actually in the office. You can still take those smoking breaks and wear nice clothes.
Make sure the space you are creating is in a quiet area of the house not near a Television or where your family spends most of the day.
You can request your family to treat that area as your office which can also help you to cut down on distractions.
Tip # 3 Avoid Social media
Social media is one of the easiest ways to distract you and it can make things difficult for you and your work can suffer eventually. There are many apps available on your app store to completely block social media.
You can set the timing according to your schedule to focus on your tasks. If you’re addicted to social media, set yourself a specific time period.
Tip # 4 Take Breaks for yourself
Just like you want to stay focused on your work productivity, you’ll also want to create boundaries, make sure not to push yourself to the limit. Try having fun and refreshing breaks in the middle.
Having said that, you still have to eat. And, the advantage of working at home is that you can create your own fresh and healthy meals without relying solely on the microwave to heat up your food as you do at your workplace.
Cooking can be a very productive idea for the break. It can also be an exercise for your brain to stay focused on a particular thing. Keep one thing in mind that taking too many breaks can keep you off track.
Tip # 5 Right Tools
I think the very initial step to start with telecommuting is to have the right tools to keep your day to day tasks/activities smooth.
By the right tools I mean you need to have a decent enough PC/laptop and a very stable internet connection to keep you connected to your teammates and the world.
Using the right tools really makes a difference to your productivity. In case if you like to listen to music, make sure to have nice noise cancellation headphones which will help you in getting distracted.
Tip # 6 Telecommuting to another level
It’s good that you’ve created that workspace within your home, but it’s nice to go out and sit somewhere else.
There are so many nice cafes all around, where you can sip on your coffee and work peacefully, far from all the distractions present in the house.
Not just cafes, actually there are coworking spaces, Public lounges & libraries available. There are people who feel productive in these mentioned places as they feel at home or office.
Tip # 7 Stay Committed/loyal to your Work
As I mentioned earlier, when you’re working remotely, you are on your own. No one is actually keeping an eye or you’re not being monitored. One needs to stay committed to his/her company, to your tasks.
Give your 100%, so your company will not suffer because of you. There are apps available where your HOD/Manager can track your tasks and all, but it depends.
Tip # 8 Don’t Be Lazy
Sitting in one place and especially in front of the screen, all day can be harmful to your eyes and health. As I mentioned earlier, don’t be harsh on yourself and do create boundaries.
Physical Activities are very important for your health. You can always go out for a walk in the park for nice fresh air. it will help you to be more productive for the rest of the day.
You will get distracted from time to time, and which is completely fine. Don’t be harsh on yourself. Staying focused while working from home can be a challenge for most of the people who are not used to it, but every day is a new beginning and you’ll get used to it and hopefully, we will be back in our offices soon.
To conclude this article, I’d say I tried targeting both permanent remote workers & the one who’s forced to because of the pandemic. Please comment down below your tips to stay focus while staying indoors.
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