If you are someone who typically works in an office setting and has had to make the transition to work at home, you’re sure to find some hurdles in the adjustment period.
Working from home can be a rewarding and productive experience. However, it can also be a distracting and frustrating one. With many people working from home for the first time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, figuring out how to have the former experience is more important than ever.
The team here at Sprout Media Lab is working remotely at home, and we’ve compiled a list of our top recommendations that we use, and will help you achieve more success and productivity while working from home.
1) Act Like You’re at the Office
Try to maintain your typical work routine as much as possible. The key to productivity is to let your brain know that it is time to work. Following your normal routine can help significantly.
2) Create a Dedicated Workspace
In the same vein, setting up a dedicated workspace can help you get into the flow of work. It doesn’t have to be a whole room. A corner with a desk can also work wonders.
3) Schedule Around Your Productivity
For some people, it is easier to schedule around when they are most productive. If you are a morning bird, get started early to maximize productivity. Night owls may want to work late instead. But above all, make sure you are fully available to coworkers and clients during operational hours.
4) Limit Communication to Dedicated Times
Remote work often involves a lot of communication, especially when your team is all working from home at the same time. Try to limit your email and calls to a few dedicated times. This will help you stay in the flow.
5) Create a Plan for Your Time
Schedule your day including when you will work on what. Having a plan for your time will help you to use it more wisely. It can also help you achieve flow.
6) Choose Some Appropriate Music
Music has a big impact on your focus and mindset. Try to find some good tunes without lyrics to set the ambiance of productivity. Keep the tv off – it may offer temptations to watch.
7) Set Expectations With Housemates and Family
If your family or housemates are also home with you, they can be a source of distraction. Make it clear to them when it is work time.
8) Plan Some Breaks
Don’t expect to work morning to night without any breaks. However, try to avoid unstructured breaks. Having a few planned into your schedule can work well.
Humans need to interact with others. Try to plan some time to socialize with others. During social distancing, this may need to be a video chat. Nonetheless, find some time to interact. At Sprout, we look forward to our Zoom meetings!
Help Ensure Your Business’s Success While Working Remotely
If you run a business, working with your staff remotely can have its challenges. Fortunately, Sprout Media Lab has you covered for at least one part of your success formula: Digital Marketing. Check out our services and contact us online, or call (800) 617-6975 to learn how we can help you get leads and turn them into sales, today!