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6 Ways to Make Work from Home Productive

In these unprecedented times there is a major need to contain the spread of the Coronavirus due to which many businesses have been forced to switch to remote working. The new way of working has presented new challenges for workers and companies around the world. Many companies are concerned about the productivity of their staff working from home because at home it is easy to get overwhelmed with distractions where one tends to procrastinate resulting in lower work output.

Work-life stability has been compromised for many, but employees at Western Rubbers are piecing it back together in creative and unexpected ways. We have been doing remote jobs at Western Rubbers for a while now. Working from home has become more convenient due to the new networking technologies.
After discussing with my fellow co-workers, we have come up with a few points addressing the question, “How do staff and team leaders boost morale as the current standard takes hold?

1) Morning Habits to Start Your Day Off Right

Sticking to the morning schedule is the first step towards efficiency.

Just remember—once you are out of bed, everything can only get easier. After you get out of bed, give yourself a few minutes to smile and practice gratitude. Write down one thing that you are grateful for. It signals your brain to release the feel-good neurotransmitters. Then try a 10-minute wakeup workout, put on your favorite music, and practice any form of work out of your choice to get your body moving. It can be yoga, brisk walking, or a quick set of sit ups. Exercising in the morning gets your blood flowing, improves your focus, and gives you an optimistic out-look for the day.

2) Dedicated Workplace at Home

Positive work environments outperform negative work environments.

Many people conflate working from home with working from bed, which sounds like a dream but is not fruitful. It leads to health problems, both psychological and physical even if you do not feel the strain right away it could emerge later in life. Hence getting a desk that fits for you, whether at work or at home, is important. Make some effort to dedicate a small portion of your home to work. This will help you distinguish between your work and personal lives, as well as keep you in the right frame of mind. You will have a better sense of alertness, productivity, and organization.

3) Create a Step-by-Step Schedule

One stitch, in time, really does save nine.

Planning the job is a sure-fire way to be productive during the day. Make a list of the tasks you want to do for the day and check them off as you go. This will not only give you a sense of pride before bedtime, but it will also motivate you for the next day. If you take a moment to plan ahead, you’ll find that provides you peace of mind and reduced stress.

4) Don't Hesitate to Ask for What You Need

Hesitation will get you nowhere.

Many people have been working from home for a while now and are likely to return to office only when it is completely safe. In such circumstances it is important to request within reason for the required equipment from your seniors. This can include the right monitor, keyboard, mouse, chair, printer, software, and so forth. Organizations that are familiar to remote employees often have a budget for home office equipment. It also does not hurt to ask whether there is a loan agreement or who will pay for return shipping or disposal of outdated equipment.

5) Give Yourself a Break

Sometimes giving yourself a break is the very thing you need.

It is no secret that frequent breaks lead to greater productivity. You can start with setting a timer of 30 minutes to concentrate for a total of 90 minutes. In those 30 minutes you can alternate between two types of breaks – movement break and a chill break. In the movement break you can try guided meditation, exercise, bond with your pet on walks, play an instrument, do something artistic or even just put on some music and dance. These activities help you reboot your brain by relieving stresses. A chill break can include calling a friend, watching an episode of your favorite sitcom, getting some ice-cream from the fridge, or even catching up on funny memes on social media. Breaks like these are useful to unwind and obtain a fresh outlook on complex work problems hence it is important to avoid burnout at work.

6) Eat and Sleep Right

Get sleep, eat clean and repeat.

Being on a healthy is very essential when you are a working person. Food is one aspect which is difficult to moderate especially when you have a 24/7 access to the kitchen. One must eat energizing home-made meals for lunch which consist of iron, protein, and complex carbohydrates. Fruits, nuts, and berries are also a form of inner body refreshments. Having smaller timely meals instead of over-eating thrice a day helps avoid sluggishness. Another crucial activity which goes unnoticed while working from home is your sleep pattern. We all know how hooked we are to our social media and TV shows. It can get difficult to sleep on time when you know that you have an option to skip shower and directly sit in front of your laptop. So, save your binge-watching for the weekend and get 7 hours of sleep. Go to bed at a definite time to be able to follow your morning routine.

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