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Home Office: How to Stay Focused and Productive

March 25, 2020
Working from home can be challenging as hell. Or a blessing in disguise. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of it.
Schedule
You will work better and be much more focused when you set yourself daily goals and develop a working routine that you stick to. This way you would be able to successfully mimic the office schedule and dynamic that you’re much more used to.

Set a usual start of your working hours and even more important – set a firm end of the work day. Don’t do anything after that clockout time, unless faithfully important.

Train
Physical training may not seem vitally important when it comes to focus and productivity, but in a lot of ways – it is.

Being locked in and working from home means hours upon hours of sitting and lying. And that’s not good news for your body and your mind. In order to energize your whole system, work out at least once daily. You don’t have to try anything extreme – these days the Internet is brimful of fitness apps and completely free workout videos that would fit anyone.

If you’re not really into sports, just try to move as much as possible – a 10-minute dance to your favorite tracks would do the trick.

Dress
And by that, we mean simply dress, not really dress up. Staying in your pyjamas throughout the day might work for some, but it would most probably make you slow, sloppy, thinking of vacation and going for nap. Putting on a simple t-shirt and jeans will switch your mind to another mode – very different from cuddle-in-bed-all-day-long mode. And that’s another way to mimic your usual daily routine.
Don’t Slack Off
Working from home means you don’t waste time in the commute, in going out for lunch, having to deal with various distractions at the office. But it might as well be an excuse for slacking off – checking out social media, watching movies or just zoning out. To reduce the risk of that happening – stick to your own schedule, focus at your daily tasks and don’t postpone anything.
Stay in Touch
We presume you’re not a lone wolf, but rather part of a big team. Just like us. In order to continue working from home just like you worked at the office, you need to stay in touch with your team. That would put all your efforts in perspective and would give you the feeling of collaboration, not a simple remote, lonely work. To do so, go for Teams, Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, Viber (or whatever suits you best).