You may have been feeling a little bit of a slump after working from home for so long. That’s why it is time to refresh your routine and get productive again.
Though working from home has been fantastic for some, this idealization leaves out the challenges that the realities of working from home bring. It really does require major adjustments. Working from home definitely has its perks, but it also requires discipline in the long haul. That’s why we’ve compiled 5 productivity hacks for your routine to continue being sustainable.
Leave multitasking in 2020
When working from home, it’s so easy to get distracted or side-tracked with house tasks. We don’t recommend you multitask during your work day, but instead, dedicate time chunks to activities of the same nature. For example, dedicate time to sending emails, hopping on work calls, and then a time slot for doing the dishes, or making lunch. This way you ensure that your mind isn’t crowded with all your to-do’s, and instead, it can rest assured that all your tasks will be tackled in due time.
Schedule in time-buffer zones
We all know that one of the best things about working from home is having some flexibility, but you should try to resist the urge to get out of bed 5 minutes before you have to start your work day. Instead, trick your mind into thinking the way it did before: the time you would spend commuting can be dedicated to listening to a podcast, going for a walk, even grabbing coffee outside before your work day. It will really shake up your routine and will pay off in the long run.
Have a dedicated workspace
Please stop working from your bed. We totally get it and understand the temptation, but we can assure you that’s what’s making you depressed and less productive. Dedicate a space in your home or room to get work done. You can get a cheap desk and make that your little makeshift office. This will give you motivation to work better and more productively.
Get some fresh air
Yes, we actually recommend going for a walk, or picking up coffee at your local coffee shop. You are not avoiding work by taking a break and physically stepping away from your desk. In fact, this will actually clear your mental headspace and make you feel energized. Do it whenever you can. A good trick is to do it right after lunch.
Regulate your social media time
If you feel like you are scrolling on Instagram now more than ever, you’re not alone. That’s one of the pitfalls of working from home. You will be tempted to go for quick releases that you think are breaks, but here’s the newsflash: they’re not breaks. Instead, make a conscious decision to regulate the time you spend on social media. Instead of reaching for your phone, maybe instead you can take care of the dishes or make yourself a quick sandwich.