Companies around Malaysia have rolled out mandatory remote work policies as Malaysia’s nationwide movement restriction order just got extended from March 31 to April 14. Working from home can be great but it can be troublesome if it’s not well managed and planned out. Here are 5 handy tips to help you maximise productivity at home.
𝟭) 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗮 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝘁𝗼-𝗱𝗼 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮 𝗻𝗼𝘁-𝘁𝗼-𝗱𝗼 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁
Creating a list of work-related tasks that need to be completed by the end of the day helps you to stay motivated and stay on top of your tasks. It can help you keep yourself organised in the space of a thousand distractions. Likewise, writing down a not-to-do list can help keep you from scrolling through Instagram and keep yourself in check. Even though we’re all adults, having a couple of rules to adhere to can help you get the most out of work at home.
𝟮) 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝘀𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝗳𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗲
Do you get easily distracted by every notification you get on your phone? Can you spend hours on end just hitting the refresh button on your feeds and not realise it? If so you might want to consider shutting off your phone for the time you’re at your work desk. You would be surprised to see how much you get accomplished by not getting distracted by your phone.
𝟯) 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝗱𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗰𝗰𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻
Getting to work in your PJs is the biggest reason why people love to work from home. This might also be the biggest reason that is killing your productivity. Much like the corporate catchphrase “Dress for success”, dressing in your work clothes to can motivate you to work. As silly as it sounds, it can help put you in the mood to accomplish tasks. By getting dressed for the day, you’ll be prepared to get work done, and you will be mentally and physically prepared for the day.
𝟰) 𝗘𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰
Turn up your Spotify or apple music on your smartphone and get yourself energised. Consider playing your favourite upbeat music that would help you pass the time as you work. If you are competitive by nature, make it a game. You could set up a set number of songs that you have to finish your work within. This can help you stay on top of your schedule and help you get a lot of work done in a short amount of time.
𝟱) 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗮 𝗱𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲
Having a dedicated office space in your house can boost up your productivity levels. It would help keep you focused away from the distractions your house has. This is crucial especially during these times when you cant go out of your house to refresh your mind. One helpful tip that we have found very handy is doing only office related work at your desk. This can help your mind focused on the things you can and cannot do even though you are at home and working.
Working from home is great, but it can be problematic if it’s not managed well. We hope these 5 tried and tested tips can help you be more productive while working from home.