More than 50% of blue-collar workers and 72% of white-collar employees still work from home – a year after the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In some sectors, almost half of employees prefer working from home. But working from home presents three common challenges: (1) mental health, (2) distractions, and (3) communication and collaboration. So how can you optimize your work-from-home setup?
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1. Choose a Proper Home office / Build a Permanent Work Space
Set up a designated 'home office' – be it a room or quiet corner – to have a permanent workspace. This will help you separate work from other distractions. Decorate the office with your favorite items to make it more personalized and comfortable.
2. Set Real Work Hours
Organize your schedule based on clients, teams, and colleagues. Avoid checking emails or social networking accounts once you've accomplished what needs to be done during your work time frame. It's vital to demarcate work from your personal life!
3. Planning your daily/weekly/monthly tasks
Visualize how your day, week, and month will look. Schedule time for blocks of work, breaks/errands, and socializing. Find an organizational system that works for you.
4. Create a Morning Routine [Start the day right]
Not needing to commute to the office can soon change from a novelty to an obstacle. It's too easy to stay in your PJs and just have another coffee before getting started. Be more productive with a morning routine that sets you up for success!
5. Create rules to follow [Take care of your physical and mental health]:
Physical and mental health are equally important! To stay productive and happy while working from home, you need to plan for your well-being!
a) Stay Away From Social Media in Your High Productivity Periods
Use your most productive time to get the most difficult or urgent tasks done. Stay off social media!
b) Avoid Family, Friends, and Pets in Your High Productivity Periods
When you're being productive - don't get distracted! Be firm, set boundaries, and enforce them!
c) Turn Off Your Phone Notifications
Possibly the biggest distraction! Turn notifications off or only check your phone when it's break time.
6. Working mode [Give your best at work]
Develop a healthy mindset. You may be at home but you need to work effectively! Creating good work-from-home habits makes it easier.
7. Create an Evening Routine [Relax & Be ready for the next day]:
Disconnect from work before bedtime to get a good night's sleep. It also means you're ready for the next day and not stressed out about pending tasks.
Jeremy Horning has a passion for efficient and smooth running systems. He values beauty and craftsmanship. When he’s not too busy building business, you’ll find him on the job constructing sheds or resurfacing hardwood decks.