The Covid-19 pandemic has redefined the way we work and even expanded our options in terms of how we work. When several businesses closed down and people were asked to stay at home, we found creative ways of ensuring that the wheels of businesses kept rolling. Working from home became an option for many men. Whether married and unmarried, with children or not, working from home presents a set of challenges when it comes to productivity, especially for people who are used to an office environment.
To become more productive and achieve what’s necessary while working from home, there must be a mental and physical shift to our programs and the way we do things. Otherwise, working from home may feel like ordinary time off or annual leave and you end up achieving very little and getting late on projects. As a way of helping men to be more productive while working from home, we’ve put together a number of ideas that can be implemented. Check them out.
Well-defined working schedule
If your work-from-home schedule is to be effective, you will have to work with a specific schedule and time frame. To a certain extent, this means adjusting your schedule as if you were still going to the office.
Set your alarm to a specific waking up time and make sure you step out of bed. Take essential morning routines such as brushing, exercise, and breakfast before settling down to work. If you have a book that awakens your brain, it will come in handy.
Get down to work and avoid distractions, setting appropriate breaks in-between so that you refresh your mind accordingly and body. Make this a routine and within a few weeks it will all look very normal
Specific working Space
It’s really essential that you have a designated place to work from. Make it quiet and conducive, ensuring that you have minimal distractions. If you work from your sofa while your TV is still on, you will certainly get distracted and achieve less than anticipated.
When picking up a good space to work from,it should meet the following minimum requirements :
- Should be Comfortable:
Choose a proper seat and desk to allow you to maintain a good working posture. You can look at various DIY approaches to help you create an outstanding working space with available resources
- Keep it Neat
You will not be really productive if your working space is disorganized and looks chaotic. Ensure that you only have what you need on your table including, pens and notebooks.
- Allow Fresh air and Enough Light
Your working space needs to allow in fresh air and light. Naturally, these are necessary aspects of enhancing productivity and ensuring that you achieve more. Fresh air and well-lit working space is good for your health and accelerate your productivity.
Necessary devices and tools only
What devices do you need to ensure that you achieve your day’s objectives?
Make a clear list of devices and tools that will help you be more productive. These may include your laptop/desktop, your phone, a table calendar, and even a camera if you are to make video calls or tutorials. The bottom line is that you must have just the necessary items for ultimate productivity.
You also need to optimize your desktop or laptop so that it delivers the most for you. Install the necessary applications that will take you closer to your day’s goal. You can include timers and reminders as part of enhancing productivity.
Exercise, Rest and Family
Take time to off people around you. As long as there are children at home, they will demand some attention. After a day’s work, ensure you give them enough attention. Over time, they will synchronize with your schedule, making it easier for them to allow you work without disturbance. Be careful to strike a great balance between the two.
At the same time, take time to rest and even exercise. Exercise keeps you in good shape, mind, body, and soul. Set aside some time to exercise.
Connect with Colleagues and Keep Up-to-date
It’s really essential that you keep up with what your colleagues are doing. You can schedule formal and informal meetings to catch up and check on progress over various projects.
Such connections allow brainstorming and exchange of ideas and eventually help to achieve more. It is also a way of relieving home and work-related stress with friends and colleagues that you can trust. Importantly, don’t keep to yourself especially when working under pressure.
Set Realistic Goals
Without physically going to the office, accounting for time and your achievements or failures isn’t easy. This notwithstanding, setting clear goals can fuel your ability to achieve more. You can break down your goals into daily, weekly, and monthly deliverables. Importantly, find ways of evaluating your achievements. This can be through your supervisors and colleagues at work.
Working from home is a strategy that many organizations will find favorable going into the future. This means that we will be seeing more companies preferring a workforce that can work at home. If you find yourself in such circumstances, use the strategies outlined above to optimize your output.
My name is Moses Andrian, a freelancer writer and a digital enthusiast.
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