This article lists a set of best practices for productively working from home. The post is meant to support you in finding a way to work efficiently and successfully complete projects during this time.
Tips for increasing productivity
Avoid distractions. Stay focused on your task.
Don’t jump in your tasks unprepared. When you start working, make sure: the phone is on silent mode, you have only the necessary tabs open in your browser (you’ll surf the web after the work is done), you stop all the noise that prevents you from working (and you should think of “noisy” all that might distance you from your focal activity).
Only when you have created your optimal conditions, you should start working. This is because a good start will help you stay focused on your task and bring it to a good finish. If the optimal conditions are somehow perturbated outside of your will, don’t get upset. Remember your decision: you avoid distractions and you stay focused on your task, as best you can. Try creating your optimal mental space to work efficiently.
Keep concentrating your thoughts and energy on the respective task.
You’ve secured your workspace and created the right conditions for productive work. But there’s something more: your own thoughts and worries might sabotage your productivity. It helps to get aware of it and keep it at a distance. Simply knowing when you get caught in this helps a lot in refocusing on your task. Then, keep concentrating your thoughts and energy on the task you have to successfully complete.
Don’t undermine your working capacity. You’ll see you can do one or two more tasks than you’ve expected, and in a better way.
Practice being agile. Be prepared for changes.
While focus is good, so is your availability to switch tasks.
Practice being agile, and you’ll see a major improvement in your productivity. This means you remove some barriers that prevent you from working efficiently, when work is somehow different, spacework is different, your routine has changed its form.
Don’t block your ability to complete your tasks.
Keep communication efficient.
This is very important for a work-from-home situation. Working at distance might pose problems to the optimal development of projects. For those who have team work to do, it’s essential to communicate while: you all start working on a task, when someone of the team gets stuck, or when an update regarding the working process is needed. Also, limit your messages to the essentials, and don’t fall into the trap of unending explanations and details that deter communication from being efficient.
Set clear goals for the day and observe them.
You know a good day by its morning. It’s the perfect time for you to set yourself in a good mood and set clear goals for the working time. Also, it helps put you on track for the day and work to come.
Don’t underestimate the power of this practice. Like you’ve done before, do it now. Set clear goals for the starting day. And observe them throughout the day.
Note that you need a proactive attitude to set the right number of goals for your working day. Also, set them realistically.
You’ll find it a good plan that helps you being productive.
Find which is your best WFH way.
Each of us has its own productivity peaks and slowing down moments. That’s why you should know how you perform best and follow that personal pattern.
If you work better in the morning, then set the more difficult tasks for that time of the day. And vice versa. Find your personal work-from-home way and abide by the rules you give yourself.
However, take care to keep this within the limits of a clear working schedule because:
- Other team members might depend on your work
- You should have a measuring method for your working time
- You should pay attention not to mess personal and professional life… too much.
Use the time when you get tired… for innovation. (addressed to creatives)
This best practice concerns especially creatives. It means that: when you get somehow tired, your attention to recurrent tasks diminishes. Your mind is less focused on technical details of routine activities, and more open to new ideas, and opportunities. It facilitates thinking outside of the box and allows new ideas to cross your mind.
Profit from such moments for creativity. And don’t forget to note what you find worthy; you might need it later.