Can You Really Be Productive at Home? Expert Remote Workers Reveal How They Get Stuff Done
Whether you are forced to work from home by the coronavirus threat or you have been earning cash at the comfort of your abode for the longest time, we can’t hide the fact that this set-up still has caveats. It could greatly take a toll on our efficiency because let’s face it, there are simply too many distractions that can hamper our productivity – so here’s how to turn that around:
Stop Using the Couch
One of the advantages of working remotely is that you can practically sit anywhere and still do your job – from the dining table to the bed, and the couch. However, if you want to remain productive and happy with what you are doing, you should avoid spots in your house that blurs the boundary between relaxing and finishing a task.
But not all of us, especially those who were sent home at the height of the pandemic, had an allotted area for office work. The experts advise finding a nook that has enough space for your laptop and which can sit you comfortably, which should not add strain to your neck or back.
Now that you have found a space where you can work, you need to make sure that it is inviting. Would you want to work in a cluttered spot?
Definitely not. You also don’t need to procrastinate by checking every paper on your desk, but you just need to neatly set them aside.
You can also choose an area that presents a breathtaking view that can inspire you to work. This also means designing your workspace, especially the lighting.
You need to find a spot where natural light sips in to feel refreshed and energized. However, if that’s not possible, add multiple sources of light to avoid eyestrain.
Follow a Schedule
If you have just shifted to this set-up from an office job, it may be hard to adjust. You can get familiar with this by creating a schedule that will become a routine, Cornell University’s Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory former director Alan Hedge said.
Follow the 20-20-20 rule – work for the first 20 minutes, then take a 20-second rest, and look as far as 20 feet to refresh your concentration.
Move Around Your House
Remember your commute going to work? At least you were getting some exercise, but now that you are just in your house, it can be hard to burn calories.
It is easy to laze around and just stay in bed all day. What can make you more productive is by moving around the house or taking a breath of fresh air in your garden after every work done.
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