4 Simple Practices to Have a Productive Day Working From Home
Since the pandemic began, we conduct everything from school to work online, which causes demotivation for most of us. Some may have found staying at home and working online ideal at first, as it removed worries like preparing for and commuting to a job. But after a period of time, those initial excitements gradually faded. Day by day, we feel tired and exhausted from hours of Zoom sessions. How can we survive this prolonged period of time? Let’s discuss four actionable ways for a productive workday from home.
Write down all the good habits you want to form and maintain
Planning carefully helps boost productivity. By first having a plan, we’ve already set our work-from-home journey on the right track. We should fill up our day with only healthy habits; for example, starting a day with workout exercises, yoga, or meditation. These habits help refresh our minds and energize our bodies after a long night’s sleep, which is a good way to get going.
It is up to us to decide which habits we consider healthy. Some enjoy a cup or two of coffee every day, while others set a goal of reading a book chapter daily. Still, others want to take care of their gardens as a way to refresh their mind.
By setting a detailed (but not overly) plan on a regular basis, you’ll likely motivate yourself to fulfill your self-given tasks. Following the plan tightly might give you a sense of self-achievement without any need for external recognition.
Set up a regular schedule (daily/weekly/monthly)
Persistently carrying out your plan on a regular basis is also a challenge, it requires one to have a strong fortitude and willingness to overcome the laziness and all types of hindering temptations, such as getting back to sleep after the alarm rings, or ending up scrolling through the social media feeds instead of getting some real workout.
If you set your expectation for a plan too high in the long term, i.e. wanting to finish many tasks, from writing a blog, studying a course, to creating a website all in just a day; it is very likely that you might give up right within the first couple of days.
Therefore, dividing your goal into smaller plans, which should be achievable daily, weekly, or even monthly (if, for example, you’re having a 6-month virtual internship at Braathe Enterprise). It is recommended to set out different priorities, from the most important to the least so you can manage your time well.
Make use of your lunch break efficiently and effectively
1. Have a light meal and relax
Most of us have already heard about work-life balance. Some people work so hard they may skip lunch. Some, on the other hand, eat at the same time while working. While both are possible and acceptable for a short period of time, doing so repeatedly might cause physical and mental health problems. Stomachache is one of them.
It’s important to set ourselves a fixed time frame to enjoy lunch, like an official work environment has, as well as relaxing our minds from our desktops.
2. Fill up a task on urgent and important
Sometimes you have too much work to complete, and the deadline is soon approaching, so you feel you have to use time really efficiently. As you’re on a break for lunch, why not use it to fulfill your needed task? Of course, you don’t need to sacrifice your lunch for the urgent task; it should be that you are fine to do so once in a while for your higher priorities.
3. Have a short walk outside, do some short exercises or workout
Some extra workout during the break not only helps relax you physically, but also mentally. A certain amount of negative energy produced from work stress can be liberated through the workout.
You might come back to work feeling refreshed, and that also can boost your working productivity.
4. Have a nap for a maximum of 30 minutes
A short nap every day is also necessary so your brain can rest for a little while. Experts recommend a proper nap last for 15 to 30 minutes. More than that might lead you to extend your nap to several hours!
Successful people are proactive at work. They have a huge passion for learning and improving themselves. That’s why developing a habit of looking beyond the situation and seeking more knowledge will push you forward even more in the virtual working environment. Being proactive makes you own your work, not the other way around.
1. Ask more questions
The more questions we ask, the more likely other people in the company will appreciate us. They will see us as active learners and workers. We should ask any questions we have, no matter how small, and write down answers for future reference.
2. Don’t hesitate to ask for people’s help
Though we’re not physically at the office, we can connect with our colleagues via LinkedIn, Zoom, or Slack. No matter which department people are in, all employees (or interns) are on the same big team to maintain the company’s reputation and revue. This requires good relationships among cross-functional team members.
By reaching out to people first, we are on the active side of networking; and once we’ve formed a network circle, it’s easier for us to ask for their help later in the future, as they are more willing to assist active and trustworthy coworkers.
Working from home productively is not impossible at all, as long as we’re willing to. We must start with writing down all the good habits for our daily schedule, then set goals on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. We also should give ourselves an efficient and effective lunch break where we can spend time on additional tasks before getting back to our desktops. Above all, let’s all be proactive—the key to the success of working from home.
We shouldn’t hesitate to experiment with these practical tips and see our progress soar. Additionally, anyone who needs help with workplace productivity should book a call with career expert Robert Braathe today!