A Sample Schedule to Help You Be More Productive While Working from Home
Are you struggling to turn your home into a home-office? Are you ready to throw in the towel as soon as lunchtime comes around? Honestly, who could blame you, your couch is just one room over. With everything going on in the world today, and the fact that everything you need to do your job can fold up and fit into a backpack, working from home is the new normal.
But sometimes the commute from your bedroom to your kitchen just isn’t enough to get you ready to start your workday. The convenience and relative ease of working from home can lead to boundless productivity for some, but for others the monotony and lack of solid work-life boundaries can lead to sluggishness and lack of motivation. One of the most effective ways to stay productive when working from home is to create a schedule and stick to it. Good thing you’re already halfway there. We’ve created a sample schedule for you to download and adapt to your ideal day working from home. Download this schedule to help you stay happy, healthy, and productive as you adjust to the new norm of remote work.
When working from home, the key to keeping productive can boil down to three main rules: live healthy, stay organized, and set firm boundaries. Eating well and staying active should be a top priority, if your body is not working for you, it’s working against you. A study by the International Journal of Workplace Health Management found that daily exercise can bring about a 72% improvement in time management and workload completed.
In addition to taking care of yourself physically, it is also crucial to stay organized and set boundaries. Try to create a workspace for yourself and only use it for work-related things. When you are in your workspace, don’t scroll through social media and try not to check the news. When you take your lunch, take your lunch. Leave work behind and take as many chances as you can to be present with yourself. Stick to this schedule and you’ll be rocking WFH days in no time.
If you are managing a remote team, check out this helpful TipSheet: How to Effectively Manage Your Remote Team: Adapting to the New Norm