How to improve your productivity while working from home
Remote working has been showing some great results in recent times. In particular the traditional way of visiting office for work has been officially banned due to the covid-19 spread. The option of Work From Home (WFH) is believed to decrease productivity, by most of the companies. However the turnaround in figures showcasing positivity with WFH access is really something that needs to be looked at, especially in the days to come.
Most corporate companies including the medium and small-sized are re-iterating the views of allowing their employees to WFH, post coronavirus crisis. They indeed had no faith and were uncertain of results in productivity. But the twist in studies proves it wrong. We have been witnessing few MNC’s already announcing WFH policies from shifting their employees to work at offices. Let’s now see how the studies are predicting WFH as the best option.
A research conducted on 16,000 employees found a 13% performance increase was seen when worked remotely. In addition improved work satisfaction, and fewer breaks and sick days were taken. In few other studies, productivity and creativity improvement took place. Moreover, many other researchers proved increased meditation practices drive in mindfulness, and lead to healthier, happier, and more productive employees.
Tips to WFH with mindful productivity:
Set up your work space
You can have a great concentration when you set up an office space, be it a bigger one or confined to a smaller area. But having a dedicated work space at home is surely an advantage rather than not having it. If you really couldn’t find a separate room, see that your meetings or discussions are not disturbed from any of the family members or friends visiting you.
Many studies prove that multitasking cannot be the right way to be productive. In order to be effective and productive, always focus on one area at a time. A Harvard research states that if you’re like the average person, you’re lost in thought 47% of the time. Also, the study determines that multitasking can keep you stuck there.
Don’t extend limits
Unlike a computer or other machinery, humans always need a break. You can’t go with overloading targets all through the time, be it in a month or in a day. Just agree to the project deliveries that you believe can be finished in desired timelines. Even with huge pay from the employer, none can put forth beyond the limits at work. Besides, health is more important.
As discussed, the running machines are quite different. In order to be productive and execute work on the machines, humans need compatibility with the brain. Just have 2-3 short breaks with each of 5-10 minutes in an 8-hour work period. You really find the difference in the way your mind functions compared to working with nil breaks that brings mental pressure. Of course a half-an-hour to 1-hour break is mandatory as a policy, so you have enough to get back well.
Dedicate time for family and friends
You can’t work or concentrate pro-actively without any other relations in life. The basic need in one’s life apart from food is family or friends. Spending some time with them relieves all the professional pressure. So you bounce back with all the enthusiasm at work after spending time with your kids or girlfriend. Try taking your family outdoors or dine out with friends at times, and regain the pleasure in life.