Here are some useful tips on how to effectively restructure your day to remain productive and energetic while telecommuting from home:
1)Establish a Daily Routine
Do not skip your daily routine that ordinarily set you up for success!!!
To keep a sense of routine, organise your day as if you were working in office your home.
Establish a consistent wake-up time and go to bed as usual, start working at the same time every day, and schedule the lunch break around the same time if possible. Ensure to submit the daily work log reports as way to measure WFH effectiveness.
2) Your Clothing impacts your thinking
Dressing comfortably yet professionally helps get you in the right mindset to stay productive. You may still be interfacing with colleagues, partners, or customers via video conferencing.
It can be tempting to just stay in your pyjamas all day while working from home!! But combine function and fashion and opt for business-casual look!!!
Get dressed can also switch you from home mode to work mode that helps you be more productive and focused.
3.Designate a dedicated workspace.
Ideally a dedicated corner of your house rooms, that is quiet, comfortable, and free of distractions is your home office. Setting a place at home where you exclusively work is essential to help you stay focussed. A place that is different from where you usually eat or relax!
Set a clear boundary between your workspace and your bedroom. Home and work can blur together when your workspace is your bed. Setting up a place at home where you exclusively work is essential.
Avoid eating breakfast and lunch on your working desk. Remember to take a short break or walk around at home every 45 minutes. And, set a cut-off time every day when your work ends.
4. Structure your day
Work virtually but stick to your regular office work timings (9:00 am to 6:00 pm)!!
Daily work schedule facilitates proper planning for online meeting internally and with external vendors, service partners and customers.
Check your calendar for the meeting schedule and be prepared for the meeting.
Organize and prioritize key tasks with a To-Do List. To have a clear overview of what you need to be working on and to avoid losing your focus, you can even plan for an entire week ahead.
Keep tabs on how much time you spend on each task by setting up an activity log
Also, if you got used to having a certain structure when you were in the office, make sure that you’re using it when you work from home as well, so you maintain your productivity levels.
(5) Manage distractions
There are too many distractions like TV, computer games, unnecessary social media communication, your child, fridge, and pet when you work from home. Working near a television inhibits our ability to concentrate.
You should limit or switch off these distractions to avoid interrupting your work.
The best method is wearing noise-cancelling headphones to help you stay focused. Only do your housework during your lunch or break.
Whether it is watching a movie, or scrolling your social media, pet walking, cooking etc. it is better to separate your work from your personal duties