Due to the pandemic, many of us transitioned to the remote working arrangement. While it is a privilege to do our work in the comfort of our home, it can also be quite challenging to stay productive. There’s always this temptation to slack off since no boss is watching over us. Aside from that, many of those working from home are challenged to juggle the demands of their daily job with family and home concerns. It is just hard to separate our personal life from the work that we have. It feels like there’s no boundary, and one thing is being compromised for the other.
However, we can do something about it. There are things that we can do to stay on top of our tasks and meet our deadlines without compromising our personal life:
Work Out a Schedule With Your Family.
It is very challenging for parents working from home to be productive with their work, especially when their children are also at home. It’s hard to separate our roles as parents and our roles as employees. The thing is, you do not have to. It’s just a matter of creating a work schedule that will work best for you and your family. It is essential to establish a clear schedule for your whole family.
Figure out how you and your spouse can work together in managing your kids. Maybe you can do shiftings so that no workload will be compromised. You might also want to consider waking up earlier to attend to your family’s needs like meal preparations and cleaning your home. Or you can do it the other way around. You can wake up early to finish your workloads so that you can have more time with your family during the day.
Find out what schedule will work for you and your family. The good thing about working from home is the liberty to work on your schedule as long as you finish the job expected of you. If you plot your schedule properly, you’ll have more work productivity while not compromising your time for yourself and your family.
Have a Designated Workspace to Stay Productive.
It’s tempting to slack off, especially when you are working at home with no boss around. It’s tempting to work from your bed or couch, eventually causing you to have no drive for work. This is why it is essential to create a designated space for work. You can invest in having an actual desk or office space in your home. Maybe it’s any vacant room at home that you can utilize as an office space or a makeshift workspace in the dining room. Just make sure that your area is away from any distractions, with everything that you need for work close at hand.
Don’t Forget to Take Some Breaks.
Many of those working from home end up more tired and less productive than working in the office. This is because it’s hard to separate our time for work and ourselves and our family. We can be so focused on the tasks at hand that we forget to take a break and have time for ourselves. Many end up having unstable mental well-being because of this kind of setup.
So be sure to take breaks from time to time. Breaks give your mind and body time to recharge. You can take a short 15-minute break every hour or so and 1-hour lunch breaks daily. Take a few moments to stand, refill your water, get some snacks, talk to the people you are with at home, or pet your dog. You are more productive if you are well-rested. So a few minutes of break will surely boost your productivity.
Eliminate Distractions to Stay Productive.
Distractions destroy our productivity. One of the most common distractions that we can have while working from home is social media. It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole. One notification can cause you to scroll for how many hours without even realizing it.
Beware of digital distractions and, if possible, eliminate them; log out of your social media account during working hours. Also, disable alerts and notifications on your phone, especially during working hours.
Stick To Office Hours, if Possible.
While working from home, not many employers are strict with our working hours. As long as you finish the tasks you expect and be present during meetings, you are all good. However, many find it hard to put boundaries between work and personal life. As a result, many end up working even past the regular office hours. As a result, a lot of relationships are being compromised, as well as your well-being. This is why it is vital to set an office hour if possible. Set specific hours for when you’ll be available to answer calls, emails, and other work-related concerns. Just make sure to set reasonable boundaries on both the professional front and the personal one.
Always take note to organize how you work at home to mix up your rest and work because it will only bring confusion to you. That’s why you make your work from home productive for you.