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Working from Home: Steps to Be More Productive

With all the modern comforts of home beckoning for our attention, it would be understandable if employers saw a dip in productivity, yet the opposite is true. According to the Airtasker study, telecommuters “worked 1.4 more days every month, or 16.8 more days every year” than people who worked in an office.

Stay focused and efficient during this work-from-home phase while combating stress and maintaining work-life balance, here are some tips to help you out:

Take breaks.

The most effective way for remote employees to stay productive, according to the Airtasker survey, was to take breaks (37%). The research found that office workers took shorter breaks than remote workers, though longer breaks have been shown to increase productivity. 
Encourage yourself to get up every so often during the workday, especially when they’re particularly drained or distracted, to grab a healthy snack, walk around their home, call a friend, meditate, etc. 

Follow a schedule.

The second most popular way employees stay productive at home is having set work hours (33%). Following a routine will help you feel more structured and efficient, and it will help keep their attention focused.

Keep a to-do list.

Write down what you wish to accomplish each day so that you are not jumping from assignment to assignment.

Eliminate distractions.

Text messages, phone calls, social media ‒ all are forms of distractions. At home especially, you will experience many disturbances throughout the day. Steps that you can take to stay focused include silencing your phone, working in an office-like space rather than a  bed or couch, and staying away from areas of their home that could otherwise tempt them to direct their attention elsewhere.

Source: Extracts from Business News Daily

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