More of us are working from home than ever before due to the global COVID-19 situation, and it’s becoming apparent that a working day at home can be quite different to a day at the office. Here are five of the most important tips for maintaining your productivity and professionalism whilst working from home.
Set up a calm and dedicated work space.
Our concept of home has certainly become more multi-functional in 2020 – a safe haven, a workplace, and perhaps even a school if you have children. Setting up a dedicated space is key to ensuring you can maintain your professional persona whilst working. Aim to set up a separate home office, where you can close the door for video conferences and keep your focus as you work. Sleek storage will allow you to declutter and keep unnecessary items out of sight. It’s also worth investing in quality equipment, including decent noise-cancelling headphones so you can get work done with minimal interruptions.
Set realistic expectations, and communicate clearly.
Communication is an important factor in any workplace, but it becomes even more so when working from home. Whether you’re a manager or an employee, it will be vital to understand your role, set and understand realistic objectives and work to these expectations. With many working from home and social distancing measures in place, there have been quite a few changes to our lives. As such, deadlines may need to be moved and objectives may need to evolve. Keeping everyone on the same page will ensure that all goes smoothly.
Take regular nature breaks.
Work can be stressful enough, and the current situation can add to that feeling. Exposure to nature can boost productivity and concentration, and even lower our heart rate and blood pressure. If possible, take some nature breaks throughout your work day. This might be in the form of a walk through a park, listening to natural soundscapes or simply relaxing close to your building’s vertical green wall or rooftop garden. This is why Crown Group’s luxury apartments in Sydney for sale often incorporate biophilic design principles to improve residents’ connection to nature.
Master your to-do list.
Between family, work, obligations and the everyday necessities of life, it can be difficult to separate your work and home life when working remotely. In this situation, a prioritised to-do list can be invaluable for your productivity. Set out the most important tasks and check them off as you work your way through the list. Studies have shown that even by writing a list, you can minimise the anxiety of unfinished tasks and free your mind to focus on the task at hand.
Set a time to log off and recharge.
Working to standard office hours is an ideal way to provide structure to your day and allow for quality downtime. Now more than ever, it’s important to stick to your scheduled hours and log out of your office life at a set time each day. This provides the opportunity to switch off and connect with family and friends over a call, or to simply unwind.
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