In the last decade, the American Dream has shifted from white picket fence to digital nomad. Even traditional ‘9-5’ corporate positions are now packaged with more flexible and remote working options. Giving employees the ability to set their own hours, steer clear of office distractions and travel advocates for a happier, more productive staff. However, remote work still comes with its own unique challenges.
Here’s how to maximize productivity while working from home:
Work when you are most productive.
Most people work within a 9-5 window, even though everyone works within a different productivity window. If you’re the type that stays in bed till 11 AM, your production rate may benefit from a 12-8 schedule. When were you most productive yesterday? What are your sleep habits? These are questions to ask yourself when determining your work hours.
Get up and get out.
Cabin fever is a very, very real thing. Getting out of the house is crucial to keeping that “stuck” feeling at bay. Start your day outside with a brisk walk, a local yoga class or at least thirty minutes of exercise at the gym. You’ll be happy to sit and cozy into your chair when you get back. On your lunch break, take another walk or visit your local cafe for some tea. Your body and mind will thank you.
Be ready for the day.
When your home doubles as your office, it can be easy to get in the habit of wearing sweats and sporting your alma mater on an old sweatshirt. However, we’re here for business, not play. Getting dressed as if you were headed to the office will add confidence and urgency to your work.
Timeblock your timeblocking.
Time is precious. Knowing what your going to do and when you’re going to do it is crucial to your productivity–especially when you don’t have someone micromanaging you. The first thing I do every morning before I begin working is take about twenty minutes to plan out my day in Undock. This planning allows me to mentally prepare for my day and work up some momentum for my first task.
Make a distinction between where you relax and where you work.
When you’re working in the same space you sleep in, the mental boundaries of relaxation and work can become blurred. In addition to dressing the part, creating a designated work area in your home is imperative. Say it with me: I will not work from my bed.
Undock from work at the end of the work day.
A great benefit in working from home is controlling how your employer or coworkers can reach you. It’s important to show your dedication, but it’s even more critical to take care of yourself to avoid burnout. Be sure to Undock at the end of the day. An employee that’s happy, is also an employee that’s productive.