It’s no longer news that some of us have been forced to work from home. I remember telling one of my colleagues that this may take a while and if you check it’s two months already and still counting. That means working from home is worth knowing about since we may be doing it for a while.
Yesterday, I did an online seminar on how to embrace the work-from-home culture. Although I may not be able to share all that was discussed I will like to share a few things with you that will improve your productivity while you work from home. This is in continuation with a piece I shared on this blog titled “Tips for working from home“.
Time Map And Plan
I called this a time map and plan because it will show you two things that are directly tied to your performance. Of course, your performance will determine your result. The map is to show you the number of hours you are required to work and the achievable workload. When I was working from home as a freelancer, I discovered my productivity was not the same for the hours. So I identified the hours with the high productivity and maximized them.
The plan is what will help you to maximize the high productive hours thereby increasing your result. So I invite you to do the same. Take a pen a paper try to get your most productive hours on paper and then follow it up with a work plan that will help you to maximize those hours. This is very important as employers will begin to focus more on results and individual contributions to the business now. This may be a saving grace to help you hold your job during this lockdown.
It’s important for you to create a workspace within your home. Get a space or place where you are not likely to be disturbed or distracted. This is will help your mind to be configured to work and keep you focused. If you must work either from home or even in the office, your mind needs to be settled for it. You must be prepared psychologically. This is key to your performance.
While it is good to multitask, you must be careful not to defeat the purpose of multitasking itself. It came up as a way to get more done within a limited time but that’s when it is done appropriately. When working from home, you must try as much as possible to avoid multitasking your job/work with personal or house chores. This can reduce your productivity and also make you lose track of your job.
If you intend to be successful in your work from home, ensure you create daily goals which are realistic and achievable but should not be too little. It is quite important that you need to ensure the daily goals are measurable because you need to daily evaluate your own performance. This is what will show whether or not you are making progress.