How To Stay Productive While Working From Home

How To stay Productive While Working From Home

Every day we run like squirrels in a wheel. Day after day, tired and worn out. Some want to emphasize their busyness so much that they even give themselves such a status - where such statuses are possible.

The long-term consequences of this lifestyle are well documented: depression, anxiety, exhaustion, high blood pressure, being overweight, and so on. In other words, being busy is a bad strategy for your health and productivity. 
When it comes to short-term problems, over-employment means you are moving in a million directions at the same time. Your attention to detail can then be greatly reduced. In addition, at the end of the day, you will realize that you cannot relax. It seems to you that any free time should be devoted to solving problems.

Despite feeling exhausted, you keep pushing yourself to find solutions to problems. But no solution appears.
You have lost concentration. The number of errors increases significantly. Anxiety is growing. You should know how to deal with stress.
Making small changes in your thinking and approach to productivity can help you do important work while caring for your well-being.

Working from home for some residents increased productivity, while for others, on the contrary, productivity declined.
A public opinion poll conducted on working from home shows that two-fifths of the respondents showed that work efficiency and well-being - creative energy, stress levels, job satisfaction, work-life balance - did not change. 
In turn, among those who noticed the change, there were equally equal proportions of those with work-related stress levels and job satisfaction increased, and those who decreased.
The respondents were more likely to have an improvement in their creative energy, while their work-life balance was more likely to deteriorate.

Unfortunately, productivity also suffered more: a third of the respondents feel a decline in labor efficiency, while 15% indicated an improvement. How to avoid a decline in productivity?

Connect with colleagues regularly

When working remotely, productivity can drop due to the inner feeling that no one knows or understands how much has been done and what the challenges of the moment are. 
To eliminate this factor, it is recommended to regularly discuss with your manager your work, its results, things that you care about, and what else needs to be achieved. 

Agree with the team about a time when you can share what you have done so that the team feels united and mutually informed about what is happening. And whatever the method of communication, the main thing is to implement it as a regular routine. 
Then such a workflow becomes an integral part of the organization of work.

Break your day apart

Use the so-called principle of an open environment. For example, do things that require a high level of concentration of energy early in the morning, before the children begin to demand attention. 
In the middle of the day, plan time for a walk outdoors with the kids or a visit to the playground. Walking in the fresh air has been proven to generate ideas. Perhaps it is this pause that will help solve a question or problem.

Shape your workplace

Whether you manage to work in the office or remotely, there are a number of things that can help you feel good and increase your productivity. 
One is an orderly and tailored work environment. Therefore, if at home there is an opportunity to create a permanent workplace, it is advisable to do so. 
This not only helps to focus and concentrate on work responsibilities, but also makes it clear to the household that you are working in the right place and at the right time. 
When setting up a workplace, it is worth considering an ergonomic chair and table, as well as well-placed lighting. Do’t forget about airing the premises.

Schedule work for each day

When working from home, it is important not only to set long-term goals, but also to schedule work for each day. 
This allows you to monitor your progress in terms of work execution and not lose productivity. In addition, when working from home, you can lose the sense of time and devote more hours to work, because you don't have to go anywhere, you don't have to rush anywhere.

However, long-term use of this approach can harm physical and mental health, so it is important to separate working time from free time. A survey carried out by Swedbank shows that about 40% of respondents have noticed an increase in the number of hours worked. 
This may have been a way of trying to compensate for the decline in productivity. However, with effective planning of everyday life, it is often possible to do what was planned in a shorter time, which is confirmed by a fifth of the respondents.

The main challenge is not to forget to take care of your well-being and socialization with your colleagues, which allows you to do various digital opportunities. 

Take time to relax

If a person does not devote enough time to rest and his personal interests, his productivity sooner or later experiences a decline, and this can seriously affect physical and mental health.
Therefore, it is important to remember the following:
● it is necessary to plan motor pauses in the work schedule in order to get up, stretch, go to drink water, do several exercises that relax the muscles of the neck, back, arms and legs;
● You need to take time for lunch;
● Maintaining productivity is helped by adhering to the daily routine - sufficient time for sleep, for exercises, meals, hobbies, for communication with family or friends (including remotely). It may help someone that they do not forget things that were important until now, when they had the opportunity to go to the office - morning rituals, appropriate clothes that help to tune in to work, and the like.

Improving well-being and job satisfaction

Looking ahead, combining teleworking with work in a traditional workplace could be a productive trade-off that helps improve both worker well-being and work efficiency. 
Residents are already citing time savings, a pleasant work environment and flexible working hours as positive aspects of working from home.

Those workers who saw an improvement in job satisfaction were much more likely to improve their performance, and vice versa. This suggests that employee well-being is essential to increasing productivity.
                                                           Author Bio

Vikram Rana is Marketing Manager at Go4Prep and has served as the Head of Conversion Marketing at Planet Web Solution. He's an expert in inbound marketing and lead generation.
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