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6 ways to be productive when you’re working from home

author: Sarah Neate

By Sarah Neate

Use these tips to boost your productivity and get the most out of your working day. That way, when you finish for the day – you can switch off.

1. Get dressed for the day

Working from home means you don’t have to jump in the car or get a bus to work, which can make staying in your pyjamas a huge temptation.

However, wearing pyjamas all day can hinder your productivity. The psychology of waking up at a particular time and getting dressed creates a new mindset. This small act will help you to focus better during your working day.

2. Schedule your time effectively 

Keeping your day structured will help you make better use of your time and distinguish between your working day and your time. If your breaks are too frequent, you may end up working overtime in the evening.

To stay on track, set your alarm for your designated breaks and make sure to stop for lunch for at least half an hour - away from your desk.

Without the commute to work, you might be feeling a little less active than you usually would. Try scheduling your day around the 50/10 rule. With this rule, for every 50 minutes you work, you take a 10-minute break. Use these 10 minutes to get on your feet and have a walk around.

3. Put your phone on do not disturb

Phones are distracting at the best of times, but even more so when you're trying to get through a hefty to-do list. The temptation to pick up your phone and scroll is probably at an all-time high, and any notifications will distract you even more.

If your phone has a ‘do not disturb setting, switch it on when you’re working. You could even leave your phone in another room and only look at it when you’re on a break. 

4. Multi-task less

Multitasking can be a great skill to have. Especially when you've got a lot of things you need to achieve all at once. But jumping between tasks while you’re working from home can ruin your productivity.

If you've got a partner or kids at home, it can be tough to implement stop multitasking completely.

If you've noticed your dishes haven't been done or you need to put a wash on, leave it until you’ve finished your working day.

Try and work somewhere where you can’t see these potential distractions and focus on the task at hand.

5. Get out of the house

To be productive in the house, sometimes you need to leave the house.

Leaving the house to get some fresh air and natural light will help you to clear your mind. You don’t even have to go for - just a walk around the block could make all difference.

6. Tidy up your workspace

If you haven’t already set up a dedicated workspace, make that step one.

To get the most out of your working day, make sure the space you choose to work in is quiet, clear of clutter and comfortable. Sitting at a table or a desk all day can sometimes be uncomfortable, so make sure you've got a decent chair.

If you’ve got old mugs and scattered paper across your desk, clear it up – tidy space, tidy mind!

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author: Sarah Neate

By Sarah Neate

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