Thousands of us are working from home. While some businesses will be preparing to welcome employees back, home working is set to become more popular in the years ahead. If you spend most of your time at home, and you’re keen to boost productivity, here are some top tips.
Investing In Technology
Technology plays a critical role in facilitating effective, efficient remote working. Technology has kept many businesses afloat during the pandemic and enabled teams to continue providing services for customers while offices and other workplaces were forced to close. Investing in modern technology is an excellent way to increase productivity and make working remotely easy and stress-free.
One of the most important tasks to cross off the list is ensuring you have a rapid, reliable Internet connection. If you live in a remote area, it’s wise to get rural broadband and to make sure that you have the devices, software programmes and accessories you need to communicate with employees and clients and work through your to-do list.
Creating A Schedule
Many of us are used to a routine that involves getting up at the same time of day, commuting, working set hours and travelling home. When working from home, the boundaries are more flexible and some people find it difficult to establish a routine.
Try to work in the same way as you would if you were going into the office. Schedule working hours, take regular breaks and switch off and unwind when you’ve logged off at the end of the day. It’s essential to manage your time and to make space for activities and hobbies and rest and relaxation within your schedule.
Exercise And Fresh Air
Studies show that most people have been less active during the pandemic. Exercise is not just brilliant for your body but it also helps to improve mental health and wellbeing. It’s hugely beneficial to break up the day by getting out for a walk, a bike ride or a run or doing exercise at home. You can join online classes, use home gym equipment or do a yoga, HIIT or Pilates workout in your living room. Being more active will increase your energy levels, aid sleep and provide a change of scenery and a break from work-related tasks. Exercise can also be an incredibly effective natural remedy for stress.
Working Through Lists
Do you ever feel like you’re swimming against the tide or trying to juggle about ten balls at the same time? If so, it’s a great idea to draw up lists and work your way through methodically. Try to maintain a tidy workspace, prioritise essential tasks and make sure you know what you have to do at the start of each day or week.
Some people have taken to home working like ducks to water but for others, the transition has been more difficult. With many employees set to work from home more frequently even after restrictions are lifted, it’s important to make being at home work for you. Take these tips on board to boost productivity and wellbeing and achieve a healthy work-life balance.