7 ways to stay productive and sane working from home
So, you’ve suddenly found yourself or your whole team working from home. Now what? Superior Digital is a unique company – in that we all work from home all the time in totally different cities, going on 3 years now, and we work with clients all over the globe – digitally. So we thought we would share a few of the tips we’ve learned and tools (mostly FREE) to make it easier. We’ve actually found our model makes us MORE productive than a traditional office setting.
1. Put pants on.
Seriously. Make a morning routine and get dressed so you feel like you’re ready for work. You don’t need a suit but being in PJ’s all day isn’t very motivating.
2. Work set hours
Now you’re in your physical work space all day so it can be difficult to shut it down. So we recommend setting the same working hours each day, like 9-5.
3. Make a dedicated space
Not the bed or couch. Your physical space has a big impact on how productive you are so try to keep work away from spaces you normally relax in. It could even be the corner of the kitchen table but set yourself up for success. A comfortable chair also makes a world of difference.
4. Take breaks
Once you get in the zone there are no impromptu people stopping by your desk so it can be difficult to remember to take breaks. Get up and walk around, stretch, call a colleague or friend for a quick chat for short breaks and take a lunch break away from your computer or if space is limited at least close your laptop up for a while. Clear your mind.
5. Make regular meetings
6. Stay on task
7. Minimize distractions
It might be tempting to throw in a load of laundry, since it’s right there, but keep your mindset focused that you’re on work time during those hours. If there are other noisy distractions, try headphones. You can even make a FREE playlist using Spotify – be like Tom Hanks. That’s what he and his wife did in quarantine. If you’ve got children, set up a stop-light system with construction paper – red means can’t come in, green means good, and yellow means check first. Kids will get it, and will love to play along (maybe some partners too – haha).
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Written by Lauren Rigato, President of Superior Digital.