To prevent the further spread of coronavirus, many businesses in Australia have shifted to a remote work system. The Australian Financial Review reports how many workers are reluctant to return to the office due to various factors. This includes anxieties about safety in a shared workspace, a welcome reduction in commute time, and a better work-life balance for remote workers.
However, staying productive at home can be a challenge at times due to the many distractions that surround you. Having a plan in place can make you make the most of your workday and maximise your productivity.
Organise your workspace
A cluttered workspace can sap your concentration and make it hard to stay on track. An organisation guide from Homes to Love describes how the kitchen, office, and bedroom are the top three problem areas when it comes to clutter. This can lead to additional stress on top of your workload.
To maximise your productivity, designate a clean and quiet working area for you to stay. Make sure your desk is free of any unnecessary objects, and keep a glass of water at the ready to give you that boost of hydration when you need it. All you need are the essentials to get you sorted.
Consider downloading scheduling software
Working at home often means that you have to plan virtual meetings and show up on time. While a basic paper planner may be your go-to, there are mobile apps and software applications that can make the scheduling process a lot easier. For instance, Calendly can set up online meetings with people from around the globe and account for differences in time zone.
Recording your weekly availability will also help you sync your schedule with your coworkers. On a more personal note, finding a daily routine that works for you can also help you make the most of your day. With some trial and error, you can start settling into your new habits.
Set regular rest periods to get away from your screen
Sometimes, your daily schedule is so busy that you’re overwhelmed with your massive to-do-list. Instead of spending more hours staring blankly at your computer screen, the best thing to do may be to take a break. A list of tips from Verizon Connect on time saving describes how spending fifteen minutes away from your desk can help your brain recover and recharge from the mental strain.
Pushing through even if you’re tired can make it more difficult to focus, making small tasks take even longer than usual. In contrast, resting your eyes and getting away from work can boost your concentration when you’re ready to get back to it.
Prioritise important tasks and break them down
Aside from meetings, it helps to keep an eye on the most important deadlines you have so that you can stay on top of all your work projects. Because it can be easy to get carried away, Forbes recommends scheduling your time in between meetings so you don’t end up playing games on your mobile phone and taking too long of a break. To make it less overwhelming, break down larger tasks into smaller ones so and arrange them over the course of a week. Checking off each item on your to-do list will help you stay motivated until the whole project is finally complete.
Since working remotely for an extended period of time can be a new experience for everyone, don’t feel too disappointed if you aren’t as productive as you’d like. Taking small steps is still progress, and it will take some time to adjust to your new circumstances.
Article specially written for Australian Software Guide, by Aline Blythe.