With many employees working remotely and some now permanently, we wanted to provide some helpful tips to help you stay focused and charged so you can be the most productive.
Tip 1: Create a work station
Not everyone has a room dedicated for an office area. When you don’t have a proper workspace, it can be difficult to focus on your work. That’s why it’s important to create a space that’s completely focused on work. For some that means a lap desk on your couch or transforming half of the kitchen island into a makeshift office. Regardless the actual location, the important thing is to set clear boundaries for yourself and others – when you’re there, you’re working. Or, simply closing the door for a more quiet environment or leaving your personal phone charging in the other room, can make a world of a difference in staying focused.
Tip 2: Keep a schedule
If you’re asking yourself what day it is and just how long you’ve been wearing the same pajama pants, it’s time to create a daily routine. Keeping a schedule for work and life will help keep them balanced, while also helping to preserve your self-care. It’s easy to start slipping when your day has no structure. Creating a schedule – even a flexible one – keeps you focused.
Tip 3: Wake up and go to bed – early
We get it. You don’t have a commute to work and you can spend that extra hour in blissful sleep. Well, wake up, make your bed and start the day early. Besides the health benefits accompanied with getting enough sleep, waking up early has proven to also enhance your productivity since your brain is considered most alert in the morning…maybe mostly after a cup of coffee. With that said, turn off the TV, plug your phone into the charger and go to bed – early! Getting a good night’s rest will help you concentrate the next day.
Tip 4: Start your day off with some exercise
Without having to spend time commuting and having extra time, instead of sleeping in or slouching on the couch with your coffee, take that time and use it towards a daily exercise routine. Nothing starts off a day better than some much needed endorphins and an energy boost. So go take an early morning run or download a workout app to your phone for inspiration.
Tip 5: Dress for success
Joining that early conference call from your bed while wearing your pajamas is tempting but that shouldn’t be the norm. How you start your day plays a huge role in determining your mindset. That’s why it’s important to keep your morning routine in check – shower, brush your teeth, comb your hair and of course dress for success.
Tip 6: Get started ASAP
The idea of rolling out of bed and immediately jumping into work can seem jarring. Many of us commute to work, which gives us time to center our thoughts and gets us ready by the time we get to our desk. However, believe it or not, it’s incredibly effective to start your workday immediately. By simply starting a project first thing can boost your motivation and set the mood for the rest of the day. Otherwise, the feeling of sluggishness can weigh on you and effect your work performance.
Tip 7: Keep your to-do list close
While being separated from your office and team, it’s easy to lose sight of priorities, tasks and deadlines. However, by keeping a task list and reviewing it first thing and periodically throughout the day, you’ll find that you’re not only completing tasks efficiently and in a timely manner but it’s also giving you a sense of accomplishment as you check those items off the list.
Tip 8: Eat some veggies
When working in the office, we are at the mercy of whatever is available in the cafeteria or the sack lunch we brought from home. But when working from home it’s easy, almost robotic, to take a quick trip to the kitchen and snack whenever we want. However, research has shown that eating fruits and vegetables has a direct link on our overall productivity levels. You can also avoid buying unhealthy snacks altogether. With additional planning, you can purchase more healthy snacks online rather than buying on impulse at the store.
Tip 9: Stop working
It’s tempting when you’re in a groove to keep working past designated work hours. However, it’s crucial to create a cutoff time at the end of your work day and stick to it. In order to have a healthy work-life balance while working remotely, you have to step away from work. Otherwise, you can find yourself isolating yourself more than you should. Leave you laptop on the charger and go enjoy the rest of the day.
Tip 10: Leave Happy Hour for the weekend
It’s easy to pop open a bottle of wine after a long day of work. It becomes even easier to add that glass or two of chardonnay to your daily routine when you can simply shut your laptop and take 15 steps to your home bar. Due to the recent leniency of alcohol regulations, and the increase of alcohol purchases across the country, studies show Americans are drinking more than ever. And with that concerning stat comes a another round of problems, “this increase in drinking will have both a short-term and a long-term impact on health and safety. In the short term, alcohol abuse suppresses multiple aspects of the body’s immune system response, with particular effects on the lungs’ ability to fight off infections.” It’s important we take care of our bodies and a simple way to do so is to skip that glass and leave Happy Hour for the weekend.