How to stay productive when working from home

Due to the UK’s current circumstances, those who can, are working from home. Working from home definitely has its pros and cons (click here to read another blog that covers this topic!) If you’re used to working in an office environment, it can certainly take some getting used to.

Here are some useful tips and tricks for how to stay productive when working from home:

Get ready for work

The sad truth is that many of us associate working from home as working in bed or wearing your pyjamas! If you’re looking to get the most out of home working, get ready for work as if you were heading out to the office.

It’s great to be comfortable whilst you work, but don’t fall into the habit of wearing pyjama bottoms or your dressing gown! If you take the time in the morning to get dressed and make yourself presentable, you will be in a much better state of mind to focus on each task.

Take regular breaks

It’s so important to take small, regular breaks throughout your working day – even if it’s just as simple as getting out of your chair and walking around the room! As most of us work from a screen at a desk, this is vital for maintaining both our physical and mental health.

Dedicate a room (if you can) or area to work from

One of the biggest cons of working from home is allowing your work space to interfere with your relaxation zone… and vice versa! Although the concept of working from your sofa sounds appealing, you will find it hard to adjust from your working day to relaxing in the evening or on the weekends.

If you have the space for an office, dedicating a room to your work will allow you to shut off in the evening. You can then only enter your office when you’re in work mode, instead of mixing work and pleasure.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the space for an entire room – I’d still strongly recommend for you to create a dedicated space to work from (whether this is a corner in your living room or even just a desk!)

Set deadlines for yourself and follow to-do lists

Sometimes it’s easy to become lazy when working from home, as you don’t have co-workers around you for motivation. It’s important to set deadlines for yourself and create regular to-do lists – you should complete these to-do lists in order of priority (always start your day with a task you enjoy the least!)

If you’re completing a task, set yourself a specific time frame of how long you would like to spend on that task. For example, if you’re a Mortgage Adviser and you’re posting your testimonials or reviews on LinkedIn, set yourself 15 minutes to do this. Otherwise, you may find that you spend 2 hours scrolling through your feed and being unproductive! At the end of the 15 minutes, close the web page and move on to something else.

Prepare your lunch the night before

Meal prepping when working from home is definitely underrated…

It’s very easy to find yourself opening your fridge or cupboard doors throughout your working day, when working from home. When it comes to lunch time, you can spend way too long figuring out what to make – let alone making and then eating it!

If you prep your lunch in advance, you will be less likely to snack throughout the day as you know you have a delicious meal to look forward to. Also, you won’t waste as much time working out what to have!

Hopefully these tips were useful for you if you’re looking to stay productive whilst working from home. If you’d like to discuss whether working from home is the right choice for you in your career, give us a call on 0208 0044 154