Productivity Tips for Working From Home

While working from home is an average work format for some, the COVID-19 virus has forced other employees to engage in remote work for the first time in their career. Being in your home with family members, a kitchen full of food, and distractions around every corner can take a toll on your productivity. By making a few simple changes to your work environment and computer habits, you can be as successful working from home as you were in the office.

Staying Productive Without Being Overwhelmed

Attempting to keep a regular work schedule is key to producing results for your company. This can be especially difficult for people who are staying inside all the time because of shelter-in-place orders that came about as a result of COVID-19. Trying to find some sense of routine in this “new normal” we find ourselves can help both in your work life and personal life. Here are some tips on how to make your work from home environment a productive one:

  • Wake up at a designated time and get dressed to get in a working mindset
  • Set specific work hours so your day doesn’t become bits of work here and there
  • Create a workspace that is not your bed or the couch to separate your work life from your home life
  • Have a list of tasks to complete each day that is not too daunting
  • Take breaks to reset your mind and avoid opening social media

The Power of Disconnecting

Most people are harnessing the power of their laptop or desktop on a regular basis to communicate with co-workers, complete spreadsheets and write articles. The computer is more than just a device, it’s a tool for keeping you employed. Some of the best ways to utilize this tool to its full potential are to set time blocking apps on the screen to give yourself deadlines on projects you wanted to complete that day. Another tip is to change your tab to full screen to remove the toolbar and other distracting notifications that may come when you are viewing content in several windows.

Finally, sometimes it’s best to just disconnect from Wi-Fi in order to finish what you need and avoid the temptation of a web page. For example, Google Docs has a feature that allows you to access your docs offline. It’s called “offline sync mode” and will automatically download your recent docs to your device so that you can work on them even if your internet connection is lost or you just need to unplug for a while.

Best Solution for Data Storage Offline

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