You may be one of those people who are now working at home at least most of the time. And, you likely feel that work has been drowned out by the other tasks required around the house. This makes productivity quite the challenge when there is so much rustling around on your plate all the time.
So, try to keep in mind that there are 5 key things that you can keep in mind to help manage productivity while you have to manage your work at home. And these can also help when you return to the office at some point down the road. These include focus, blocking out distractions, time limits, taking breaks, and taking on the biggest tasks while you are most alert.
Here are these 5 key tips for productivity
1. Have A Single Purpose and Avoid Multitasking.
If you focus on tasks of the highest priority, one at a time, you will be able to work toward the highest quality. Multitasking seems good, but we lose focus. Focus on one task at a time, and you’ll actually end up completing each one faster!
2. Block Out Distractions.
If you want something done well, all of your attention must be focused on it. Small goals rather than the big picture can help you keep focus. Breaking your projects into smaller tasks provide control and productivity.
3. Set Strict Time Limits On Meetings and Other Tasks.
Managing time creates a more productive workflow. Also, the “two-minute rule” can help at work by filling tiny time windows with actual tasks. You don’t have to complete every task in two minutes, but you can set goals or habits that can be started in under two minutes. Not every task must be completed in 2 minutes, but it helps you get everything done well!
4. Take Breaks.
You might think longer work hours mean getting more done, but exhaustion reduces the amount of work getting done. Some options include a five-minute walk around the office, or even a short 15-minute break grabbing that mid-afternoon coffee or tea.
5. Take Care of The Biggest Tasks When You’re Most Alert.
You likely push big goals to the end of the list, feeling that you’re not confident to accomplish them. Hey, we all do it! But, late-day exhaustion leaves them ignored and pushes projects over several days, leaving productivity at a loss. Get those big projects done when you work best. If you’re a morning person, tackle the big tasks first thing in your day or vice versa if the afternoon is better!
With all of this combined, you are able to remain productive no matter where you work. It will all come into play for your work life, and it can help in your work-life balance as well.