The COVID-19 has wreaked havoc for many people. Many of us have had to make adjustments in our life, and one of them is having to work from home. For some people, working from home is new and takes some time getting used to. Below are 4 tips to stay productive while working from home.
Working from home has its benefits, like avoiding the terrible traffic on your way to work. But on the flip side, it also means you have to manage and motivate yourself. And it’s up to you to get as much out of your time working from home as you would in the office
Here are 4 Tips to ensure you stay accountable and productive while working from home.
Tip 1: Create “Pre-Game” Ritual and Triggers
Implementing a “Pre-Game” or “Pre-Work” Ritual can help create triggers for your brain. When working in the office, your daily routine of getting ready and driving to work gets your brain warmed up and ready for the day.
When working from home, you can create a ritual or routine that triggers your brain and get you ready for work the same way.
Tip 2: Establish A Designated Workspace
Establishing a designated workspace is key. It helps tell your brain you’re in the right place where you need to get shit done and be productive. If you can sit down and be productive anywhere, that’s great. But if you’re like me and need more structure, establishing a designated workspace is crucial to removing distractions and helps getting work done.
Tip 3: Make A Schedule For Everything You Need To Get Done
Make sure to plan and schedule your day. So what exactly do you need to schedule?...
The short and simple answer is EVERYTHING!
Schedule your meetings, tasks, personal time, sleep, EVERYTHING. You don’t necessarily have to add everything in your digital calendar. You can write it down in your planner analog style. When you have everything scheduled, nothing gets missed.
A simple method to do this creating a Zero-Based Schedule. You basically schedule every hour of the day and leave nothing blank in your calendar. It’s like budgeting your money, but now you’re budgeting your minutes.
You can check out the complete guide on Zero Based Scheduling Here
Tip 4: Setup a Process To Work Effectively With Your Team
Working from home might make you feel like you’re rolling solo, but you still need to work with your team. Whether it’s meetings, getting feedback or hitting project deadlines, it’s important for you to set up a method to work and collaborate with your team effectively while working from home.
You might be thinking, “Well I can Always Email.” Sorry bro, but email isn’t going to cut it. People’s inboxes get clogged up fast. And let's face it, how many of us know how to manage our emails effectively…
Your Mission & Next Actions:
1) Create A Pre-Game/Pre-Work Ritual To Get You Primed and Ready For Work
2) Decide On A Distraction Free Designated Workspace (Don’t Choose Your Bedroom)
3) Plan and Schedule Everything You Need To Get Done For The Day
4) Create S Simple Process To Communicate and Work With Your Team Effectively
Additional Tools & Resources:
The Asian Efficiency Guide to Getting Started With Structural Productivity
3 Rituals That Give You More Energy and Double Your Productivity
The Asian Efficiency Guide to Working Productively From Home
How a Zero-Based Schedule Supercharges Your Productivity & Performance
Zoom For Video Conference Calls