7 Ways to Efficiently Work from Home
Within this guide we will run through our top tips and methods to enable you to work efficiently from home.
Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we feel it is a good time to help you structure your home working techniques.
Your Setting & Environment
Working from home can throw many distractions. In order to be productive you need to minimise the potential distractions. At the same time you want to be in a comfortable setting not too dissimilar from your usual work layout as this could throw your productivity off. It may be better to be sat in a room separate from busy activities. A home office would be ideal, but somewhere where you can leave once you have completed your work will help you mentally disconnect when you close the door.
If you have children who will be at home during the day, it will be best to implement a schedule when it is okay to come in for non-emergencies. A useful way could be to have a door hanger letting them know that they should not disturb you.
You need to get fully ready as if you were going into the office. Getting prepared properly will prevent temptations of getting back into bed or watching TV. Make and drink and get something to eat, you will feel awake and ready for the day ahead.
Schedule & Calendars
When working from home, it can be easy to be distracted and go off task so it is important that you create and stick to a schedule to avoid such distractions.
If you have a schedule in the office, such as scheduling tweets and posts for the day ahead, stick to this and keep your routine. It will help you structure the rest of your day by completing a task early on which is normal within your usual day to day office routine.
Using a calendar to set reminders for tasks is also important. At BDP Agency we use Microsoft Outlook as our calendar software and we highly recommend this programme to help you schedule your day.
As previously mentioned above, get prepared for the day ahead. Wake up at your usual time, get ready and even do some meal prep so you don’t spend your whole lunch or break times putting your meals together.
It could be useful to step outside for 10-15 minutes on your lunch or break time to distance yourself from your home working area. This will help clear your head and be prepared to take on the remaining tasks in your day.
When working remotely from home, you have far less contact with colleagues than you would in the office. This could lead to miscommunication. Therefore, it is important to pick up the phone and speak to colleagues to run through problems and tasks rather than emailing constantly. It is good practice to discuss over the phone and then even follow up with an email afterwards with the fine details or even a recap of the conversation. This will also prevent you from becoming bored and missing the usual day to day interactions throughout the workday.
To summarise, our key points would be;
- Setting separate from busy areas
- System to minimise children’s interruptions
- Get prepared as if you was going into the office
- Following existing schedules
- Using a calendar to plan your day & stick to it
- Ensure proper communication with colleagues
- Take a walk to break up the day & clear your head
We hope you, your family and your friends are keeping safe and well in this time of disruption. At BDP Agency, we have measures in place to work from home to help support our clients. If you would like to get on board and have any business data needs, be sure to reach out by using the request a call back form to the right of the page or by calling the number above.