This week my conversations with clients getting used to working from home, many of them with children who are adjusting to schooling from home, have centred on productivity. Here are a few simple things I’ve learnt over the past 20 years that help keep me ‘productive’ in my home office:
- Set a routine and accept that this might not be the same as what you’re used to. Do what works in your household, and don’t forget to take breaks!
- Turn your phone over so you don’t see every single notification. Every time you look at your phone it interrupts your concentration and reduces productivity.
- Turn your phone to silent and put it on vibrate for when it rings. You might miss a call or two but that’s what voicemail is for.
- Make a list of 6 things to get done in your day, it’s more realistic to achieve 6 things than a long list of everything.
- Consider altering the number of hours you work. When you’re in a workplace you have interruptions and distractions so even if you’re at work 8 hours a day that doesn’t mean you’re solidly working for 8 hours. At home, with less distractions, you are more productive so you can get more done in less time.
- Be kind to yourself. If you can’t sit at your computer for 40 hours a week, that’s okay. Prioritise and do what you can.