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Most of us has dreamed of working from the comfort of our homes, but in reality, it can be a challenge. Even without kids, pets, and our significant others, there are plenty of distractions and inconveniences that can ruin our productivity.
Staying effective while working from home isn’t easy. Here are 8 ways to boost your productivity – both at home and in the office.
If you love the clothes you usually wear at the office, just continue as normal, but usually, this is not the case for people working from home. Most people say ‘dress for success’, but I’m someone who appreciates a comfortable outfit. So here’s my advice ‘Dress close to what you would wear in the office.’
Keep your jewellery and makeup on if you like to wear them and stick to your usual perfume, but maybe switch your jeans to a pair of black leggings. Lose the tie, or wear polo shirts instead of a shirt. The aim is to feel comfortable, but professional and video-chat ready. So surely don’t start your day in your PJs!
We know we should keep our office desk neat…and more or less we can leave it at the end of the day at the desired state. When your office is part of your home, there is no leaving it until tomorrow. The messy desk will mock us all night/weekend. It is not just annoying, but as it’s constantly drawing our attention to our workspace, it also makes it harder to stop thinking about work.
Decide what you need – Do you really need 10 blue pens and 3 piles of sticky notes? Have everything around you, that you need, but don’t pile up on unneccessary things.
Find a dedicated space for everything – It makes it easier to clean up and find what you need the next time.
Clean your desk at the end of the day – I always allow myself 1 post it with a note or an open notebook with an important date marked, but everything you won’t need tomorrow morning as you sit down should go back to it’s own place.