27 March 2020
Working from home?
Stay productive with these 6 tips!

Diana Puspita


Phrase of the year may just become ‘working from home’, or, “WFH” as I like to call it. Seems fun at first but give it a week and you’ll probably be going a little nuts! Netflix is just a click away, it’s 10:15 and you’re craving your 5th coffee, your dog’s begging for his second walk and your kids rely on your constant entertainment. So how on earth do you then prioritise and complete a normal workday? It's time to face reality. So in order to kick the temptations and keep your work life on track, I’ve compiled a list of 6 easy tricks.

1. ‘Write to remember’ is your motto: Make a to-do list!

Planning your time helps to declutter your brain. It allows for you to critically assess what’s a priority, and what’s not. Based on research, here a some of the benefits that a good to-do list can help with:

  • Increased effectiveness. With an overview, you can choose the tasks that matter most. This brings much better results for you and you company.
  • You don't forget things! There’s no one reminding you, so you’re responsible to make it happen.
  • It’s a great feeling of accomplishment when you check things off the list.
  • You have more free time! The more effective you are, the less time you waste thinking about getting started and you can use that time for better things.
  • Relieves stress. Having a plan and completing it gives you mental space.
2. Design a positive workspace

Did you know that your workspace reflects your state of mind? A study has shown that a clean workspace boosts your creative thinking, plus reduces stress. The more clutter you have lying around, the higher the feeling of anxiety, as you’re constantly being triggered by things in your environment. Clear your desk and surround yourself with only the essentials. It’s also worth investing in a plant, as it brings nature into the house and cleans the air.

3. Move your body

According to research, sitting for long periods of time can cause many health concerns. This includes obesity and increased blood pressure. Avoid this by:

  • Standing up and stretching every 30 minutes.
  • Taking a 10 minute walk, every 2 hours.
  • Pacing while you’re on a call.
  • Setting up a standing desk.
4. Separate your work/private space

Sorry to say, but your bed isn’t your office. As much as you'd like it to be, you need to find a space that allows you to get into ‘work mode’. Get up, get dressed and find another space. If your bedroom is the only quiet space, then make a desk that keeps you out of bed!

5. Routine

It is crucial to have a routine, just like you would have at work:

  • Plan in your meetings/calls for the week and don’t stop making appointments, just change them to be online.
  • Start your day with a sprint/scrum call with your colleagues so that you are accountable as a team and end your day with this call too.
  • Communicate your planning with those at home, so they can also respect your ‘work time’.
  • End your day with an activity that allows your mind to recognise when work is over, and your private life has begun. A walk, cup of tea, dinner with your kids etc.

On the flip side, also respect your private life. Don’t open your laptop if it’s not necessary and plan in fun activities with your friends and family when you’re not working.

6. Get inspired

Use your free time to get inspired. Read a book, listen to a podcast or go for a walk to help calm your mind and change the atmosphere. Working from home is less stimulating, so it’s important to find new inspiration to ensure you’re still growing in your role and what you can bring to the company.

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