01 May 2020
As pop icons Fifth Harmony have infamously proclaimed in their hit song Work From Home, “You don't gotta go to work, work, work, work, work, work, work. But you gotta put in work, work, work, work, work, work, work”.
While perhaps they didn’t know that the world would be in shutdown when they wrote that song, they couldn’t have been more right!
If you are working from home, follow these five tips to help you be so productive, your boss just might write a song about you!
This one may seem too simple, or perhaps on the contrary, unnecessary for some. Who needs to get out of their baggy t-shirt and track pants when no one’s going to see you? You do!
Getting dressed in a proper outfit can help you form a routine and get in the work mindset. Making yourself look presentable allows you to feel more capable, more focused and ready to tackle the day’s challenges. Try putting on your normal work shoes too.
You’ll also be prepared for those unexpected Zoom meetings that may pop up from time to time!
Make a permanent work space
You need a well-planned workspace to be productive. Ensure you have enough desk for your computer and room to store books and papers. Use a comfortable chair and adjusted its height according to your desk.
It’s also important to adjust the height and angle of your computer screen so you have good posture, and even consider getting a monitor or stand so you don’t have to look down at your laptop.
Working from a designated area allows you to separate work from your entire home space, so you don’t have to feel like your job is following you around the house.
Work from home, but don’t do homework!
Clock in and clock out at a certain time each day. This is not only important for making sure you don’t get burnt out in a never-ending work cycle, but it also helps you stay on task while you are expected to do your job.
When you ‘sign in’ for the day, treat it as though you’ve arrived at work: avoid non-work distractions and focus on your daily tasks. When you reach the end of the work day, don’t feel like you have to keep working because your workspace is at home.
Treat yo’ self to a (designated) break
It’s easy to get sucked into work and lose track of time. However, your mental health needs to be nurtured and you need to take designated breaks.
Have lunch for the full time you are allowed and try not to eat and work if possible. Get up every so often and stretch your arms and legs – this can help with circulation, posture and your alertness.
While we suggest taking regular short breaks to refresh your mind, this doesn’t include taking the occasional break to check your phone or do housework – this can be detrimental to your productivity.
Have small, regular, designated breaks as you would usually have at your office or workspace.
Avoid the social media trap
Step away from the phone! It can be tempting to check your Instagram or Facebook when your colleagues aren’t around to keep you focused, but this is a trap.
Don’t open social media websites on your computer and try to leave your phone face down. If you need to have your phone with you, make sure you don’t open social media apps – or try turning off notifications.
Save socials for your lunch break.