4 Oct 2020

How To Have A Productive WFH Day

 

As most people are working from home, again, I thought I'd share my tips on what I've learnt as I've been working from home since March. If you read this post, you'd know that I work in the digital marketing industry and since COVID-19 has impacted many businesses, my office shut down and encouraged colleagues to work from home.

It's been an experience to get used to and I've moved the office room around in my house twice now but I think I've picked up a few productivity tips that you can use on a day-to-day basis. Hopefully these will help you tick off your to-do list, organise your tasks and get through the day.


GET DRESSED
My first tip would be to get ready in the morning as you would for a day in the actual office. I'm not going to lie, I probably don't do this all the time, but 4 out of 5 days in the week I'm ready and dressed in semi-normal clothes (loungewear or business on the top and casual on the bottom). 

I find that when I get dressed properly, I'm a lot more productive and can have a great day ahead. Plus, with video calls with clients it helps that I'm up and ready and dressed.

PLAN + PREP
Like anything, planning and preparation will help make the process easier so it is a key step to having a productive day. Whether you spend 15 minutes or so planning your day in the morning or some time on the previous day planning for the following day, it is a vital process to getting one step ahead and staying on top of your work load. 

SCHEDULE MEETINGS AND BREAKS
Don't forget to plan in your meetings as well as breaks and plan your day around that. It's important to have a lunch break as well as regular breaks away from the screen as this will allow you to feel refreshed. I recommend to allocate an hour in total if you work a 7 hour day. Having the break will allow you to be more productive throughout the day.

WORK LIFE BALANCE
Whilst we're discussing productivity, it's also important to note having a balanced approach to work and life is vital for keeping work at work and home life separate. I think many of us have struggled to keep the two separate but since doing so and practicing it myself, it's been life-changing to my productivity. Since I have my days planned out better and more efficiently, I don't work in the evenings or out-of-hours as often and therefore keeps the balance better.

YOUR WORK SPACE
Where you choose to set up your desk and work space makes a difference to productivity. Having a set up that you can walk away from at the end of the day or at least clear away, allows you to focus when it's time to work and shut off when the day is over. This ultimately would help with productivity throughout your work day. 

And that's my advice on how to have a productive work from home day - what are your top tips?

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