Most office workers have made their homes into workspaces since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Handy, while freelancers have been doing this for a long time, the transition hasn’t been easy for most office workers. A lot of people aren’t able to achieve the same level of productivity when they are working from home. Here’s how you can change that:
1. Upgrade your gear and technology you use – Your home workstation may not be as fast and responsive as your office computer. Ask your manager if the company can spare the budget for upgrading your home computer or laptop. This may seem like spending more money during these testing times. However, a drop in productivity on your part would cost your manager and company a lot more. You need the right tools to deliver your work in the designated time with consistency in quality and hence it is a worthwhile investment.
2. Designate your work hours and communicate that to your family and colleagues – Reduced productivity is natural when you mix up work and home. You need your work to be out of your personal life and the same needs to happen the other way around. The first thing you need to do is figure out the operating hours of your organization and use that timeframe as a roadmap to decide on your work hours. You should keep all errands and personal tasks or hobbies outside of your designated work hours.
Multitasking is a very bad thing when you mix up personal and professional lives and it would tank your productivity drastically. If you switch between professional and personal life too much, you may lose as much as 40 percent of your productivity each day. Research shows that doing two tasks simultaneously adds hours to each task and can result in unnecessary overtime and more fatigue.
3. Be pragmatic with your video meetings – Meetings are extremely important. Especially when you work from home. They are the only way to connect to your colleagues since you can’t see them anymore when you go down the hall or take a lunch break. However, with too many video meetings comes Zoom fatigue, exhaustion due to video meetings. A lot of information can be communicated over the phone or via email. Everything doesn’t need to be communicated over video meetings. Keep that for important clients and weekly check-ins.
4. Take a break when it’s needed – During the coronavirus pandemic, a large portion of the workforce is doing their work even after 5 pm. Professionals are experiencing burnouts and working extra hard in fear of layoffs when the economy is shrinking. However, when you are tired, you won’t get optimal results at whatever you do. To keep yourself recharged, take a break when it’s necessary.
Handy suggests that you follow the above tips to create boundaries between your work and personal life and stay recharged to stay productive. It is important to maintain productivity and adapt to work from home since this is the new normal for at least a few more months.