Year on year, the number of people swapping the boardroom for their bedroom increases. Studies show that people working from home are often more productive than those chained to their office desks. At Slepps, we are happy to bang the drum about the benefits of domestic shifts all day long. However, we are also well aware of the potential pitfalls (primarily for all you avid procrastinators out there).
Are you a fully blown digital nomad or just an occasional home worker? Here are some useful tips to make you more productive when away from the bureau.
1. Recognise the time of the day when you’re most productive
We are all different. Be honest with yourself and make the most of not having to be in for the 8am meeting. If you are a morning person, by all means get going from the crack of dawn and enjoy a long commute-less afternoon. But let’s be honest, most of us wouldn't mind a slow morning. If that's the case own it, heck make brunch, and get down to things when you’ve got a clear head. This handy questionnaire by Psychology Today can help you pinpoint the best time to open up the laptop.
2. Make yourself a to do list and stick with it
In order to get things done, it goes without saying that you should have a clear idea of what you actually have to do. By making a ‘to do’ list, you can get a clear idea of your priorities for the day. Also, the satisfaction you get when ticking off the boxes is bliss. Try out Google Keep to make a list which you can have around with you in and out of the office.
3. Create a workspace – and use it only for working
People who work at home know that leisure spots and workspaces can be easily mixed. It’s important to create an area at home that is reserved strictly for working. It doesn’t have to be more than a certain table or a corner in your living room. Separating your usual spots for relaxing, and a place to work, can be a great help to getting yourself in the right mindset.
4. Take breaks – you’re not a machine
Have you heard of the Pomodoro technique? It’s a great way to segment up your day into productive bite sized chunks, ensuring that every time you're at the keyboard, you are getting things done. The Tomato timer website is a fantastic way to get into the habit of using Pomodoro timing, or a modified rhythm that suits you.
5. Get out of the house
Working from home doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you have to stay in the house. Leaving the house and hitting the nearest café can significantly increase your productivity. By heading out you have set yourself a purpose, and purpose is procrastinations biggest enemy. As alluring as your go-to Starbucks might be for an iced chai skinny mocha frappe, try to avoid it. Locating a small, local coffee bar is a great way to avoid any overbearing hustle and bustle.
6. Unplug yourself from social media
Social media can be a serious productivity killer for remote workers. We all know know the feeling when you decide to take ‘a little break’ and subconsciously click onto Facebook or Twitter. 15 minutes later you realise that you got carried away into a flurry of cat videos and memes. To avoid this, log out from Facebook (or other social media) on your browser and don’t log back in before you’ve finished the tasks you were supposed to.
Be also aware, that the notifications on our phone easily get you distracted. Keep your phone on ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode and you’ll be less likely to get into less important stuff.
7. Get comfortable, and enjoy your freedom
Working from home is a privilege and not everyone can do the same. Consider yourself lucky if you can work from home and make the most out of it. Leaving the stiff collared shirt on the hanger and instead putting on your slippers is always a welcome luxury - so enjoy!
However, we know that some of us need to wear the office outfit to feel like they’re actually at work. If you want be comfortable but still look like you’re about to meet a client, you might want to consider wearing Slepps Indoor Footwear.
What are your tips to be more productive when working from home? Leave a comment below!