Over the past year and well into 2021, plenty of employees all over the world shifted to a work-from-home (WFH) setup. Some Filipinos can be considered experts at this, particularly those who have been freelancing full-time. The rest, however, have had to adjust. Still, even those who have been working from home for a long time may have noticed a slump in their productivity.
You probably already know some of the suggested solutions for this issue, such as having a dedicated workspace and sticking to a schedule. Thus, this list will feature work-from-home productivity tips that can complement what you’ve already been doing. Who knows? These might be the missing links to your ultimate WFH efficiency.
Get a Mobile Wallet
When the pandemic struck, it felt as if everything suddenly ground to a complete stop. Well, everything except the bills. Indeed, while a lot of commercial establishments were forced to temporarily close early on, banks and payment centers remained open to help consumers stay up-to-date with their dues and avoid disconnections.
Luckily, there are now fintech innovations like mobile wallet apps that allow you to pay your bills safely from home. If you still don’t have such an app yet, now is the time to download and register to enjoy its benefits. Aside from safe and secure bills payment, mobile wallets also facilitate quick and easy money transfers. You can even use these apps to shop online, buy prepaid load and mobile data, as well as settle your taxes.
With a convenient way to handle your finances, you have less to worry about and can therefore focus more on your work.
Do Your Usual Morning Routine
Working from home presents a lot of temptations, including staying up late then simply rolling out of bed in the morning, and getting straight to work. Perhaps you feel that this will give you the momentum to hit the ground running. However, this can actually slow you down. Instead of working right after you wake up, take the time to go through your usual “rituals” when you used to have to go to the office.
Try to replicate your routine as closely as you can. Have breakfast, take a shower, brush your teeth, get dressed, and then settle into work. You don’t have to wear complete business attire, especially when the weather is oppressively hot, but do make an effort to freshen up. This will help condition your psyche that it’s indeed time for work.
Take Full Breaks
Taking breaks is necessary for maintaining productivity, whether you’re working from home or the office. However, in a WFH setup, you might not realize that you’re not maximizing your break time. Simply put, your 15-minute coffee break in the office can turn into a 5-minute one at home. Doing this can leave you feeling even more tired, especially if you’re used to longer breaks.
To stay productive, take your breaks in their entirety. Don’t feel as if it’s unfair to do so, just because you’re working from home. If anything, you need to take breaks even more; your home environment is drastically different from your office environment and the lines between the two have been blurred. If you finish your break early, say you only consumed 45 minutes of your 1-hour lunch break, do something else for the remaining time. Perform some stretching exercises, or perhaps take a 15-minute catnap.
Eat Right and Get Enough Sleep
One of the biggest factors that contribute to your productivity is your health. If you aren’t feeling your best, you also won’t be able to give your best at work. The problem is that when you’re at home, it’s tempting to just order fast food or some other unhealthy option. The occasional treat is fine, but for the most part, make sure to eat a balanced diet every day. Remember to drink plenty of water as well.
You should also endeavor to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. This will help refresh your mind and keep you alert the next day. Set a sleep schedule and follow it so you can build an effective routine. In addition, don’t oversleep. Start and end your day right on schedule to keep your productivity levels up.
Pick an After-Work Activity
The WFH set-up most likely disrupted your usual routine. You used to commute or drive to work, now you don’t. You used to step out of the office for lunch, now you don’t. Working from home also gets in the way of your usual end-of-the-day plans, which can definitely affect your mood.
Obviously, the choices for after-work activities are still limited. Still, don’t let this stop you from enjoying the end of the workday or week. Did you use to have movie nights with your friends on Fridays? Turn it instead into a virtual video streaming party. Did you often go to the salon? Purchase a home foot spa kit or maybe some fancy face masks to pamper yourself. The point is to do something else after work to ease the feelings of burnout and stress.
Finally, don’t be too hard on yourself. Everyone functions differently, even before the pandemic began. If you feel like you haven’t reached your usual productivity levels, just try again the next day. The important thing is to put in the work.