Over the past few years, remote working has grown as signalled by the many co-working spaces dotted throughout the country. Already a popular way to work, it’s fair to say that Covid-19 has accelerated the progression of working for home – a reality now for two-thirds of all employees.
But with distractions at every turn, and the current distancing measures in place, it’s no surprise that 96 per cent of homeworkers feel less productive than before. Which is why we’ve pulled together insight from our teams to highlight ten ways to work from home effectively.
Consider your workspace
Even if you don’t have a home office, choose somewhere in your house that is separate from where you spend your evenings. Also, choose a spot rich in natural light. Research shows that this can help reduce eyestrain, headaches and feeling tired and drowsy.
Invest in WiFi
There’s nothing worse than waiting for attachments to download or your web domain to update. When you’re faced with pressing deadlines, never-ending Zoom calls and a remote team, you’ll need robust WiFi.
Take time for your well-being
Your well-being is integral to your productivity. It’s therefore important to take time for yourself every day. Go for a walk, take a jog, or visit your local forest – the benefits of surrounding yourself in nature are well documented in supporting your mental health.
Keep meetings short
It has been found that regular ‘bursts’ of quick meetings are the most effective for homeworkers. This will offer you some normality and routine as well.
Develop your business
Think of ways that working from home allows you to develop things you’ve been putting off. Maybe it’s a long overdue domain name registration you’ve been meaning to do, or upgrading your software. Use this time to develop your own needs too.
Plan your day
It’s a fact that people perform better when they write tasks down. Start each day with your ‘to do’ list, and you’ll soon reap the results.
Find a creative outlet
For some people WordPress hosting is a great outlet for blogging, for others it may be a daily journal. Do whatever appeals to you most.
Set a schedule
It may be a while before you return to a workspace. With that in mind, map your week out and schedule in regular activities. Be it one-on-one’ with colleagues, or updating your website domain. Regular events will help you stay in control, and keep you on the right path.
It’s hard working in the same space all day, but it’s important to know when it’s time to switch off. This means putting computers and devices to one side, and taking time for yourself. After all, a tired worker is an unproductive one.
Get a plant
It’s true, plants can help clean the air, helping your overall working conditions. A study by NASA found that some plants are better than others, such as the popular Spider plant, so now you know!
So there you have it, ten ways to stay productive during lockdown. For all your web hosting needs, be sure to visit letshost.ie.