Tips to Maximize Productivity

It’s important to continually assess how you’re doing working from home and whether you need to make adjustments to improve productivity. Distractions are all around, regardless of whether you are in the workplace or in the comfort of your home. Both work settings have their own set of productivity killers, and a lot can hinge on an employee’s personal ability to avoid distractions.

Common Distractions

Being efficient while working from home can be a challenge. It’s crucial to be just as focused on work activities and effective as you would in the workplace. Keep in mind the following common distractions while working from home:

  • Housework and chores
  • Roommates, family, friends and pets
  • Social media
  • Entertainment, including TV and radio

Distractions and home situations vary, so think about what or who else may be distracting you throughout the workday, and consider how to avoid those distractions during working hours.

Productivity Boosters

Being a productive remote worker comes with responsibility, self-reliance and resourcefulness. Set yourself up for success, and consider these tips to stay focused and efficient while working from home:

  1. Establish a Designated Workplace: Try to work from a consistent room, desk or chair so you can mentally enter work mode.
  2. Dress Like You’re Going into the Office: Sticking to a routine and getting ready will trigger your brain that it’s time to work, giving you a little energy boost before you sit down.
  3. Set Deadlines: Whether self-imposed or set by others on the team, focus on achieving the deadlines for your tasks.
  4. Stick to Set Working Hours: Setting consistent hours keeps you accountable to yourself, your manager and your team. When planning your day, consider doing the highest priority tasks first and tackling the hardest work when you have the most energy. Try to also stick to your schedule and log off as planned to prevent burnout.
  5. Don’t Multitask: Identify your most important tasks, and address them before the workday is over.
  6. Manage Interruptions: It’s important to set boundaries with kids, family, and other roommates. It’s likely easier said than done, but try to encourage them to leave you alone during those designated work hours.
  7. Take Care of Yourself: Get enough sleep, and consider dedicating some time for self-care, such as the time when you would otherwise have been commuting to and from the workplace. Start the day with something for yourself and, in turn, set yourself up for success.

Overall, setting clear boundaries with both co-workers and anyone at home will help make the remote workday more productive. If you want to ensure your employees are well-taken care of, reach out to our wellness department. Our wellness experts look forward to working with you and providing you with a customized plan for your needs! Give us a call today at 712-277-2424 or fill out this form online.