Working from home is a manifestation of many people’s dreams and is widely coveted by those who have to spend their days behind a work desk. However, ensuring that your productivity is maintained, and where possible increased, requires clear and concise schedules that are strictly followed. Acquisition of necessary gadgets that will effectively serve your purpose, and maintaining an environment that is enabling rather than distractive. Here are some of the routines and gadgets that one can acquire to make working from home easy and productive.
By establishing an area in the house that is designated specifically for work, a person who works from home is able to reduce the chances of transferring work related stress to your relaxation area. When stress is transferred to the area of relaxation insomnia is one of the eventual consequences; this eventually leads to reduced productivity. It’s also important to prepare your working area appropriately before hand by equipping yourself with all the necessary stationary like papers, ink for printers and pens. It is also important to prepare your coffee and any other snacks beforehand.
Emails, the social media, instant messaging platforms and video calls are some of the forms of communication that are available for people who work from home. Although working from home reduces distraction and improves productivity, it is also important to keep in touch with your colleagues, employers and peers on a daily basis so that you can keep your superiors posted on the progress of your work and you can communicate any challenges.
The length of time that a person can maintain clear focus without compromising on quality of work whether in an office or at home is said to be about 52 minutes. In order to improve creativity when working from home, maintain a relaxed mind, keep focus on the challenge at hand and to gain new insights, one needs to schedule periodic rests. To maintain creativity and high levels of productivity, changing the work station to a different environment once in a while is advised.
Incase of unforeseen power disruption and to avoid loss of data, power backup gadgets like a universal power source for the computers and data back up gadgets like external hard drives are necessary to ensure that one does not loose any work done. Acquisition of cloud platforms of storage like Onedrive provided by Microsoft, Google-Drive by Google and such like cloud storage facilities is an effective way of ensuring that all your data is backed up.
Despite working from home, a person is bound to spend a lot of time sited in one position. For this reason it’s very important to acquire a good office chair that will be comfortable and will ensure that one does not develop back complications. Although, preferences may vary from one person to the other, a good chair is one that supports your back and arms, is comfortable when used for a long durations, and its ergonomic features are good.
Lastly, any kind of disruption from kids, pets, spouses, delivery people or visitors can disrupt your chain of thought. Disruptions of this kind should be minimized as much as possible by making adequate arrangements before starting your work.