If you are still working from home, chances are your productivity may have taken a back seat. From your crying baby to your demanding partner, it can be hard to focus on one task for more than a couple of minutes. However, some people have been thriving while working from home, being able to juggle social life and work life with ease. But what is the key to a successful WFH experience? What can you put in place to create a serene and productive atmosphere? We’ve put together 4 ways to improve your concentration and productivity while working in the comfort of your home.
Create a work office
Having a dedicated space to work is essential and we’re not thinking of your bed or the sofa, we’re talking a little designated desk or table where you can really feel like you’re back in the office. Make sure you add your office essentials such as a notepad, some sticky notes but also your keyboard, mouse and obviously your laptop. It would be even better if you could work in a room free from children or other distractions such as a spare room or your bedroom.
Put some music on
Music has the power to instantly affect your mood and emotions and it can be really great if you’re looking for that zone where creativity flows. From streaming music to listening to your favourite vinyl on your brand-new turntable, music can put you in a better mood and therefore make you more likely to want to work! In fact, according to a study published in Trends in Cognitive Science, music does better at combating stress and anxiety than actual anti-anxiety medication. It can also make repetitive tasks more bearable as it eases the boredom.
Plan your day
Having a to-do list can be a great productivity tool. It helps you stay focused and organised and will give you a clear idea of where you are and where you should be headed by the end of the day, week or even month. You could use a notepad, sticky notes or even an app on your phone. Keep it realistic and simple as you don’t want to feel overwhelmed either.
Turn your phone off
On average, we all spend way too much time on our phones browsing social media or online shopping. Checking your mobile too much throughout the day can really be distracting and create a stressful, unproductive environment. You could set a limit on the time you spend on your phone, even put it on “do-not-disturb” or just turn it off completely, it’s up to you!