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How to be productive when working from home

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Due to the current health pandemic happening across the world, a large number of people are now finding themselves having to work from home. It’s a big difference adjusting to working from home when you’re used to a daily routine of being in an office environment and it can have an impact on some people’s productivity. The chances are, other members of your household will also be at home with you, you won’t have the normal work space you’re used to and these factors can all present distractions.

The current situation means we’re all having to adapt to what we have available and it’s important we make the most of it. Creating a work space similar to what you’ve been used to for so long isn’t an easy task, but hopefully, the below steps can make your working from home life that little bit easier.

Utilise any spare areas you might have

Whether it’s a spare bedroom, a small area of your dining room or even in your garage; a good starting point is to find an area you can work from on a daily basis. If you do have an area such as a garage, which is only used for storage, then why not have a sort out and turn it into your own office? If you feel the majority of the stuff you’re storing needs to be kept, then consider investing in some form of garage storage. Doing this will allow you to create an organised working environment, which will help boost your productivity.

Try and remove any potential distractions

Working from home can present a number of distractions which you may not find in your normal place of work. One of the biggest distractions will be a TV, as it’s easy to just have it on in the background while you’re working. Although this may work for some, it will act as a distraction to many other people. Make sure you limit your TV time to when you are on a break or during your lunch. Doing this will mean you’re not tempted to take your eyes off of your work and find your attention focusing on the TV.

Set out your tasks and take regular breaks

For some people it’s not an easy task adapting to working from home and it can lead to problems when it comes to prioritising what needs to be done. If this is the case for you, then set out 5 minutes each morning to plan out what your tasks are for the day ahead and what you are likely to complete. When doing this, you need to make sure you don’t take on too much work and factor in taking regular breaks from your computer.

By following the above steps and adding some of your own in, you should find that not only are you creating an organised work space, you’re also boosting your productivity. With many people in the same boat when it comes to working from home for the foreseeable future, it’s important that we make the most of what we have, which will in turn, will allow us to get the best out of our day.

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