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We all loved it until we didn’t – work from home turned out to be the single-best thing about 2020 and also the worst thing to happen to millions of workers around the globe. Introverts love it because it allows them peace of mind without having to listen to stupid dull-witted jokes of that differently-enthusiastic colleague. However, there’s this entire different section which complains about lack of human interaction and the thrill of collaborating with their brother-in-arms or more appropriately colleagues-on-desktops.
Prolonged work-from-home or working remotely is an entirely different experience for scores as they adapt to this brave-new world of Covid-19 pandemic. On the face of it, there are hardly any downsides to it, you save money and time in travelling and because one works from the comfort of their homes. In fact, according to a recent survey, 88% of those asked preferred to work from home and 69% believed their productivity increased.
However, there are many who find, for example, maintaining work-life balance extremely difficult while working from home. There are others who complain about an overall lack of daily activity because of prolonged work from home. Here are five hacks that will help you increase productivity and better management of your WFH life.
Work schedules and personal space
According to the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) website, it’s important to make and stick to a steady work schedule and while maintaining strict boundaries between work and personal time. It’s ideal to follow normal work and sleep patterns and being consistent with it, the NHS says. When your work time ends, your work should too and then focus on other activities such as exercising and spending some time on your hobbies.
Time management is important
According to time management Pomodoro Technique, developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, breaking down work into 25-30 minute chunks separated by breaks of 2-3 minutes is ideal for your productivity. You can also use online timers to effectively follow this technique and keep track of progress.
Find your Ultradian rhythm to achieve Zen-level productivity
Neuroscientists claim humans work at peak efficiency during a heightened state of brain or ‘flow’. According to Forbes, the idea of flow was introduced by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, professor of psychology, at the University of Chicago. Csikszentmihalyi, in his book titled ‘In Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, on the subject, wrote that humans work effortlessly when they’re in a state of flow. It’s a mental state of high cognition which helps us focus and motivated.
The human mind is known to work in 90-minute bouts of extreme efficiency known as ultradian cycles, it is important to recognise this phase of your mind and tap into it for maximum efficiency.
Dedicated workspace: Invest in a desk and chair
It’s best to work in quiet space away from children, in case you have those at home, and TV, to not let your home life enter your zen space of productivity.
Sitting on a sofa or being hunched on table for prolonged periods can wreak havoc for your back and overall posture. And tempting as it is lying on a sofa or bed while working may not bode well for your productivity. There are some companies who offered their employees proper work chairs – which is good. However, if you’re not one of those, it’s advisable to invest in a chair and work desk – for better productivity.
According to NHS guidelines, your workstation at home should have a chair which can support your lower back. A chair which can be adjusted for height is best as your knees should be slightly lower than your hips. A footrest can be used, if necessary. Your laptop or desktop screen should be placed at eye-level.
Keep separate browser for work
In this fast-paced pop-up-notification-driven big bad world of world-wide-web where everyone from advertisers to your local news outlet is vying for your attention, it’s advisable to keep a separate browser, ideally Google Chrome, just for work. This will help you keep able to keep all bookmarks, tabs, shortcuts, and plugins work-related which save you from unnecessary distractions on the internet.