Due to Coronavirus pandemic, working from home becomes a routine for everyone. However, still, most of the people are not able to work efficiently from home due to one major reason ‘Excess Meetings’.
There are tons of things in your job environment that can distract you from your core job, but it doesn’t mean you cannot overcome those distractions.
Moreover, I am a content writer, and due to Coronavirus, my work also gets affected. I am not able to go to my office, and I face a lot of issues in working from home. So I try to implement some tricks to increase my productivity and those things really work for me.
In this article, I will tell you some tips that I follow to increase my productivity, and you can also apply these trick to increase your productivity while working from home.
Here is a list of 5 simple tips that you can follow to minimise meetings and increase your productivity when working from home.
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#1 – Maintain a Regular Work Hours
It is the very first step that you should take to increase your productivity while working at home. Figure out your daily routine to plan out your schedule.
If you give yourself total flexibility of time, then you will never be able to maximize your productivity and in the worst case will decrease your productivity.
It would be best if you kept your working hours accountable to yourself. Try to find out the time when you are more tired and then plan your day in a way that you did not need to do any work during this time.
We have a lot of energy and power in the morning and that time is perfect to start your work. However, a lot of people waste their morning time in doing other work due to which when they start their work, they already have low energy. As they have deficient power, they do not feel motivated to complete the task.
Hence try to fit in meetings/non-important task during these non-motivated hours.
#2 – Dress like You are at Work
It is quite a wired hack, but it really works, and I have tried it myself. When you start your day dress like you usually do before the Coronavirus pandemic.
Moreover, it is not only limited to dressing even take a shower, and brush your teeth at the time you usually do before the pandemic.
All these things will tell your brain that everything is normal and its work time, not the relaxation time. You might think that wearing a dress is not a good idea because you feel more comfortable with your T-shirts and Sweatpants.
But let me tell you that with the comfort ability you will also feel sluggish, sleepy, and unmotivated. So it is better to dress appropriately before starting your workday.
By putting some effort on dressing and looking fresh you convey a message to your colleagues over calls (of course you need to turn that webcam on for that ☺ ) that you are dead serious about your role and your job. Thus you cannot join all meeting invites sent to you.
#3 – Create an Office-like Environment
It is difficult for anyone to do work on the couch or on the bed. Moreover, working at these places always result in decreasing productivity.
You should always work on a desk and chair in a quiet room. It gives signals to your brain that you are all set to do your work.
If you work in a quiet office-like environment, then you will feel more alert, confident, organized. You should always choose the right tools.
If you are finding hardware and software issues in your home laptop due to which it gets slow, then it is better to fix these issues because a slow computer might distract and demotivate you from work.
You need to spend a lot of time at your work desk. So make sure you organize your work desk in a way that it will not look messy. Furthermore, make sure all the tools you need during the work is present at your desk because this simple trick will save your lot of time.
#4 – Set Priorities
While working from home, most of the people face difficulty in prioritizing their tasks and organizing their workflow. Moreover, when it comes to organizing a workflow, there is no universal solution for this.
You had to yourself decide what works for you and what doesn’t. The simple strategy I follow for setting priorities of a day is I create a checklist in the morning and on that checklist, I write all the tasks that I need to do in a day. On a list, I write the most crucial task on the top and the least important job on the end.
In this way, I easily prioritize all my work for the day. You can also use this same technique to set priorities for your work.
#5 – Keep Your Work Time and Personal Time Separate
It is essential to give time to your work but at the same, giving time to yourself is also important. Make sure you don’t extend your workday too far then what you planned. If you do this, then there is a risk of burning yourself out.
Keeping your work time and personal time separate helps you to keep yourself productive while working from home. Moreover, it also reduces stress when you are not doing any work.
As you plan your work hour in the same way, schedule your personal time. In your free time do the things your love to do either is chilling with friends, playing video games or anything else.
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