Working from home can be an obligation, but also a voluntary choice. Whatever the reason, you want to make it a productive day. Read our 5 tips for productive working from home
March 12, 2020 was the day our government announced a first package of measures to combat the corona crisis in our country. The message: stay at home with a cold, do not have meetings with more than 100 people and work from home as much as possible.
Working from home suddenly became an obligation, but of course it does not always have to be. Sometimes it is also a very conscious choice; an agreement between employee and employer. For example to combine your work with caring for your family or to save travel costs. Whatever the reason, working from home does not necessarily mean that you are less productive. To get the most out of your working day from home, we share 5 tips with you:
1. Create a separate workplace
The degree of productivity during a working day largely depends on the distraction around you. Therefore, make sure you have your own place where you can work undisturbed, preferably in a separate room or space. Also pay attention to your posture. For example, do not sit all day on a chair that is too low at the kitchen table, but where possible provide a desk and a good chair that you can adjust to the correct height. This way you can keep up the working day and prevent any back complaints.
2. Stick to your daily routine
Start your day as you would on a regular working day. Set your alarm for a set time, take a fresh shower, change clothes and take time for a healthy breakfast at the dining table. Stick to this rhythm as much as possible. Your body and mind recognize the routine and switch more easily to your ‘work mode’ with the necessary concentration and result orientation. So don’t fall into the trap of crawling into your bathrobe with your breakfast plate behind your laptop.
3. Work task-oriented
Work with a to-do list and, for example, start every day with a simple task, such as making your bed; an example from the BOOS anti-corona depression podcast by Tim Hofman . A very simple task, but the first one you completed that day. That one completed task then leads to the next completed task, until you have completed a lot of tasks at the end of the day. And without completing a small task, you will not finish large tasks. Do you still have a day in which things go a little less smoothly? Then at least you have a nicely made bed to end the day in.
4. Give yourself breaks
Home workers often tend to stare at their monitors for far too long. By creating your own space and avoiding distractions, it is easy to dive into your work. However, it is important to take breaks as well, so allow yourself these too. Breaks have a positive effect on your ability to concentrate and therefore also on your productivity. So take the time to have lunch or feel free to get some fresh air and then get back to work with new energy.
5. Stay in touch with your team and other colleagues.
The feeling of ‘belonging’ is extremely important, also when it comes to your work. So stay in touch with your colleagues. For example, start every day with a digital kick-off. That way you stay informed about each other’s activities and it is also easier to ask or give help. There are plenty of online meeting programs today, such as Skype or Microsoft Teams. Tip: also end the week digitally with a Friday drink (Friday afternoon drinks). Discuss the working week and start the weekend together!