Tips to Stay Focused and Productive Whilst Working from Home

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on March 24th, 2021

Tips to Stay Focused and Productive Whilst Working from Home

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on March 24, 2021

Some people enjoy working from home. Others devolve into caffeinated slugs whose main skills are surfing the internet, sending apologetic emails and pining for the office.

If you’re in the latter category, you’re not alone, and you don’t just need to summon up your willpower and try harder. This isn’t a moral issue – it’s a technical one. What you need is strategy.

Read on for some home working tips that actually work.

Clock In and Out

One reason it was easier to be productive in the office? You had a set schedule. While it might seem tiresome, home workers whose bosses still expect them to clock in from 9 to 5 have a much better time with productivity than those who get to set their own schedule.

The solution? Actually set your own schedule. It doesn’t have to be 9 to 5 – the important thing is that you stick to it. Especially the clocking-off part. That means resisting the lure of your work inbox after hours and not letting colleagues or managers take advantage of you by being too flexible.

Get an Office

Working from the kitchen table, the living-room sofa – or worst of all, your bed – is a productivity-killer. If you have a spare room, or even a spare corner of a room, make it your office and let everyone know you’re not to be disturbed while you’re there.

Go to your office at the start of your workday, leave it at the end, and your brain will come to associate it with work mode.

Cut the Noise

Traffic. Dogs. Children. Home-office noise is a lot more distracting than office-office noise. Consider investing in some earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, or even soundproofing your windows.

If you decide to go for a window upgrade, look for glass with a high STC (Sound Transmission Class) number. An STC of 34+ can cut noise by up to 50%. Or just look into inserts or plugs for your existing windows.

Give Yourself Time

You may think you should be a home-working pro by now, but don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s normal and reasonable to need months to adjust to such a major change.

The good news is that you will adjust. Give yourself time to find the routine that works for you.

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