14th January
By Erik Bergman

5 Tips To Increase Productivity When Working From Home

Working from home is a blessing for many. But some find it difficult to get used to their new surroundings. However, both groups of employees should focus on maintaining productivity levels.

After all, it's much easier to get distracted when working from home, as opposed to the office. And if your productivity levels are taking a hit due to working from home, this guide is for you.

So with all that said, let's start.

Agree On "Working Hours" With Your Family

Despite the warmth and comfort of our homes, everyone must remember that they are indeed working. But your family members are probably the most impacted by this new change of surroundings. 

Simply put, they're not used to you being around the house from nine to five.

As a result, they will interrupt you. This is something you absolutely want to avoid at all costs.

You must remember that you have responsibilities and tasks that need doing. So, one way to "remind" your family members not to bother you is to agree on the working hours.

For many, working hours are nine to five. Working from home gives you more flexibility to start and finish later. But that's not something you want to do.

Instead, sit down with your family and lay out the plan - no distractions during working hours! Distractions will only damage your productivity and make you lose efficiency. Remind them that it's okay to come for a chat while on your break. But stress the importance of respecting your privacy during work time.

Have Your Own Space

Maintaining productivity is impossible while working at home if you don't have your own office. This is an issue most remote workers have when first trying the new work model. For some, there's enough space around the house to create a makeshift office for the time being.

But for others, the limited space creates an even bigger issue. When we don't have our own working space, distractions become a mainstay. Whether it's your family members watching the TV or kids running around, how would you get things done when there are no walls between you and your family?

To make this new thing work for you, you must find a way to create your own working space. During the height of the pandemic, companies were forced to change business strategies to survive. On the other hand, employees were forced to look for creative ways to work with limited space and form home offices.

If you find yourself in a similar boat, having your own space is the first obstacle to eliminate.

Develop Habits For Productivity

There's no better tip to increase productivity levels when working from home than to get up early and finish your assignments before the clock runs out.

Ideally, you want to increase productivity levels by creating habits for better focus. Certain habits can help us go into a "work" mode, where we do the same stuff day after day and achieve great results. You want to model these habits towards productivity, as the sooner you finish your tasks, the sooner you get to "go home."

We can apply the same logic when working from home. Even if you're on a nine-to-five gist, there's no one to bother you if you finish your assignments earlier. You can leave your laptop on and do other stuff.

But we won't achieve the desired productivity levels if we don't develop these habits for better focus. So what are some of these habits?

The obvious one is to eliminate distractions. Distractions negatively affect our productivity levels by preoccupying our minds with unnecessary stuff. Common distractions include checking social media, calling a friend, and listening to a podcast, all while working.

Another habit for better focus is to train your brain to fixate on the current assignment. To do that, you must go with the idea that a reward will await you once you finish it. Even if you hate doing the particular assignment, train your brain to get it done ASAP.

Lastly, learn to take short breaks. This last one is so influential and helpful that we will discuss it in the next part.

Take Short Breaks

"Taking short breaks between assignments will help increase productivity levels," this study says. This is yet another "brain-training" habit where we convince ourselves we have time to take breaks when working on complex issues.

Short breaks, or microbreaks, are beneficial for your work and productivity levels. For many, this habit can be instrumental in achieving results when working from home. But that begs the question, how often should you take breaks from work?

There is no correct answer to it. The habit will work as long as you manage to finish your assignments. But that's not to say there aren't proven models. Some recommend taking five to ten-minute breaks for every hour of work.

You might be familiar with the twenty to thirty-minute breaks every three hours, but this model is proven quite ineffective compared to the previous one.

So once you clock an hour of work, go for a ten-minute break. You will immediately notice the difference.

Create A To-Do List

A to-do list is yet another helpful tool for increasing productivity. To-do lists are excellent because they lay out all the work you need to do for the day. Let's say you have six tasks for the day.

You gain an overview of exactly what needs doing by creating a to-do list. Once you finish an assignment, you feel a sense of achievement and can move on to the next one. Remember to take a short break between assignments to adjust productivity and efficiency levels.

Daily to-do lists are even better when working from home. Once you wake up and hop on your work desk, make it a habit to create a list. Doing this helps you get off to a good start and make it easier to accomplish daily assignments.

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.” 

– Bruce Lee

Conclusion

Working from home doesn't have to feel like a chore. Many employees struggle to maintain or increase productivity levels despite the greater convenience of remote work.

Luckily, these five tips will help you increase productivity levels.

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About The Author

Erik Bergman

Erik Bergman co-founded Catena Media and helped grow it to over 300 employees and a $200 million valuation before stepping away to start Great.com, an iGaming organization that donates 100% of its profits to environmental charities. In addition to running a successful online business, Erik also hosts the Becoming Great podcast, shares entrepreneurship tips with his more than 1 million social media followers, and contributes to sites like Entrepreneuer.com, Business Insider, Foundr, and Forbes.

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