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How to Stay Motivated + Effective While Working from Home

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How to Stay Motivated + Effective While Working from Home

A few months ago, none of us could’ve imagined the world as it is now. Many of us have started working from home because of the pandemic, and it seems highly probable that this situation will remain so for the coming months. So it would be best to adapt to these conditions in the best way possible.

A common problem people have while working from home is a lack of motivation and productivity. This article will help you tackle those issues as we’ll discuss the methods of experienced professionals who work from home use. 

Get Ready for Work 

When you have a habit of getting ready in the morning for the office, why change it? The only time you don’t get prepared for the office is probably when you’re on leave, or it’s a holiday. 

So even if you’re working from home, you can pretend that you’re going to the office. So, follow the usual morning routine you used to follow, i.e., set an alarm, wear the right clothes, eat breakfast, and perform any other activities you usually do.

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Pro tip: if you’re using Google Chrome, you can set up separate accounts for home and work with different toolbars. This way, you can have a more ‘office-like’ feeling when you work.

Read more: 6 Tips For Productively Working From Home During Lockdown  

Make a Designated Workplace

When you imagine your kitchen, what activity comes in your mind? Cooking, right? 

Our brains tend to associate locations with activities, and you can use this to your advantage while you work from home. 

Set a location in your home as your workplace. It can be a desk or a section in the living room. Whatever that location is, make sure that when you go there, the only thing you do is work and don’t do anything else. 

Many freelancers use this method to stay productive. It helps them in staying in focus because their mind gets into a ‘work-mode’ when they go to that location. 

Keep Your Phone Away

Your phone is a dangerous distraction as an average person spends more than four hours a day using their phone. When you’re at home and not at the office, this number can shoot up substantially. 

A standard solution many professionals employ is to keep their phones away while they are working. You can switch off your phone or keep your phone in Airplane mode to make sure it doesn’t distract you.

However, if your phone is a crucial part of your work, you can uninstall any distracting apps from your device or use an app that blocks social media apps (and games) for a specific duration. 

Learn more: Remote Work: A Win-Win for Employer and Employees

Work at your Most Productive Times

A fantastic advantage of working from home is you can set your schedule. Some people are early birds, while some are night owls. You can choose the time you feel the most productive in, and start your work then.

Ramping up your schedule this way can help you in enhancing your focus and productivity considerably. 

For example, Steve Jobs used to wake up at 5 AM and work in the morning. He felt the most productive then. So, identify your most productive time of the day and ensure that you’re working at that time. 

Plan Out Your Tasks

Many times we lose the motivation to work because everything seems overwhelming. That’s why you should plan your tasks at the start of the day. 

You can create a To-do list and tick off the things you’ve done. This method is highly effective in staying motivated because when you see the progress you’ve made, you become more motivated to work ahead.

You can create a timetable like you used to have at school when you studied. It will help you stay on track. 

Listen to Music for Concentration

Music can do wonders for you. It can relieve stress, make your work a little more fun, and, most importantly, make you more productive. 

Many freelancers and professionals experienced in working from home recommend listening to music while working. Everyone has a different taste so that you can choose one according to your style. It’s best to listen to music according to the kind of work you’re doing. 

For example, if you’re writing something, listening to classical music or instrumentals might help you more than Ed Sheeran. 

On a side note: make sure you use headphones (or earphones) to listen to music. Otherwise, you’ll be distracting others. 

Let Others Know About Your Requirements

Chances are, there would be other people at your home too, such as parents, your partner, kids, or anyone else, and having company can be distracting. Someone might ask you random questions in the middle of your work, your kid might want to play with you, or your partner might strike up a conversation. 

To ensure you remain productive and things go smoothly, you should communicate your requirements with the people present at your home. Even if you seem like you’re hanging out at home (which you aren’t), they should know that you’re working. 

You can set rules; for example, no one would talk to you when you’re at your desk. Clear communication is always the best solution to this problem.

Know more: Working From Home? Top Essential Tools & Apps You Need to Succeed

Final Thoughts

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1How did work-from-home help combat COVID-19?

During COVID-19, all businesses, organisations, and institutions were urged to let their staff work from home in order to comply with national and local containment regulations. Employees could eliminate commuting, have more scheduling flexibility, and achieve a better work-life balance by working from home. Throughout the COVID-19 epidemic, many employees were encouraged to WFH full-time, which changed the traditional definition of the term. This was only normal for particular sorts of employment, i.e., on an irregular basis or when given exceptional employee circumstances. Working from home allowed professionals to maintain social distance and minimise physical touch too, which helped to lower the number of COVID-19 cases.

2What are the advantages of working from home?

There are many advantages of working from home, for both employers and employees. The first benefit of WFH is that it allows professionals to save money on transportation, food, and clothes, among other things. The elimination of travel time is the second benefit of working from home. Because employees do not need to go to the workplace, this saves time and leads to increased production. Professionals have greater independence about their job when they operate remotely, as long as they use adequate time management and discipline. Another benefit of WFH is that you are not distracted by the usual office distractions.

3What are the disadvantages of working from home?

Working from home has a number of advantages, but it also has many disadvantages. Because most of the labour is done at home, the disadvantages vary from household to household. The main and most prevalent drawback of WFH is that family members can often be difficult to set professional boundaries with. One drawback is the loss of face-to-face connection with friends and coworkers, which can lead to social discomfort and isolation. The loss of work-life balance is another downside of remote working. Working from home may blur the lines between business and personal life for a variety of reasons.

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