Being productive working from home is not easy in these times of uncertainty. With additional family responsibilities for many the usual tips for Working from Home don’t really apply. If your approach is not working it may be time to try something new. So here are some tips to help you be productive working from home during this restricted time.
It may not be possible to work traditional 9 to 5 hours. Try working for a few hours early in the morning before the house gets busy or later in the evening. Find the best solution for you, your work colleagues and those at home who need you.
Use Time Blocking
This technique increases your ability to focus when you do get time to work. Instead of doing a bit of everything all the time, dedicate each block of time to a specific task. Use a timer to avoid becoming engrossed in one task. Keep moving through your plan.
This technique is maximised by setting clear priorities in advance. Identify tasks you need to get done and tasks that aren’t important. You have less chance of getting sucked into those lower priority things once you have identified them Some people call this a “To Don’t” list.
Don’t Over Connect
It has been so important to maintain connection with colleagues and friends during the Covid-19 restrictions. But it is also important to leave time to get your own work done too. It is hard to be productive if the day is broken up by many meetings. Try to group your meetings into either the afternoon or the morning. Don’t accept every invitation if you actually don’t need to attend.
I hope you and yours stay well. If you need any specific productivity tips over the coming week just contact me here [email protected]
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