When working from home, the boundaries between what is professional and what is personal can get blurry. As a result, productivity at home could be adversely affected. It's important to create an environment at home that enables you to be productive through streamlining your schedules and enhancing the boundaries between professional and personal lives.
Set aside an arranged workspace
Productive telecommuting workers have a dedicated workspace or office at their homes. These spaces are well arranged and devoid of any clutter. This arrangement aids the workers to remain focused on the tasks they are working on.
Have a routine and follow it
Creating a daily routine will help get to work in the right mindset and enhance your productivity. Your daily routine should include the time you get out of bed, when you get to work, and the time when you stop working. When creating the routine, it is important to consider the tasks that you have been allocated, the meetings that you will be required to be part as well as other issues related to the workplace.
Adopt regular communication
While working at home, it is essential to ensure that your team members are always updated with the progress you are making with your work. Making consultations where necessary when handling various tasks Working collaboratively with other team members and contributing to the team's success through the various online collaborative platforms.
Plan for household chores
While working at home, it is important to ensure that your responsibilities at the households are well-taken care of. Communicate your expectations when working at home from your family members. Make it clear the boundaries you have in place between working and handling home chores. Taking breaks to be with the family could also be really helpful- make time to spend with the ones you love!
Sometimes when you've got a lot going on, it can be hard to get organized and develop plans. For me, it can be overwhelming and lead to procrastination. One great tool to use in these scenarios is a mind map.
A mind map is essentially a way to get all your ideas out on paper without feeling the need to do so in a more rigid and structured way. For those us of that are highly analytical, this can be a game changer! Mind mapping allows you to just get everything in your brain out on paper, then use that to develop your plan of action.
So how do you mind map? Start by putting down your central idea in the middle of a sheet of paper. Then, start creating branches off of this central idea with everything related to that concept that you can think of. Don't overthink or try to organize it- just write down everything that comes to mind. For example, on an event planning mind map I might have "annual fundraiser" as my central idea, then branch off with things like food, venue, invitations, and music. Then off of each of these ideas, branch off any additional details (under food I might put entree, appetizers, drinks, open bar, etc).
I highly recommend googling mind maps and looking at some examples- there are many great ones out there! For me, doing my mind map on paper is the best way to get my ideas out, but there's also many great software out there as well for those of us who aren't paper people.
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