Ever since the global pandemic plunged the majority of the world into lockdowns, working from home has become a new normal for some companies, with many shifting to hybrid systems to boost employee morale and work-life balance. Even though working sounds glamorous, the struggle to stay on task is real for some people. This article will give you five tactics you can use to stay on track.
Switch To Do Not Disturb
Constant notifications on devices including phones, tablets, desktops, and even smart TVs now mean that there’s always something to pull your attention away from work. Notifications can be anything from your mom asking you to come over at the weekend to that game you’ve been playing, trying to entice you to come back, both of which have nothing to do with work. To combat this issue while working at home, put your devices on “Do Not Disturb” and create a workable system to let emergencies get in.
Explore Alt Browsers
Web browsers are our doorway to the internet and let us access work when we’re at home. However, the nature of many web browsers can make being online distracting. Therefore, you should explore alt browsers that help people to stay productive; check out these Stack features for our favorite “web operating system”.
Keep To a Schedule
Knowing what you need to get done in a day is important, but it’s no good keeping your lists locked in your head. When your to-do list isn’t written down, there’s nothing to keep you accountable, which means your mind will turn to more fun jobs. There are plenty of tools online where you can write down and keep track of your workday tasks. Alternatively, you can use the classic pen and paper to codify your tasks.
Advance Meal Prep
Working at home can make us hungry, likely because we know the kitchen is full of food. However, making yourself a healthy meal for lunch can take considerable amounts of time out of your workday. To get the most out of your time, you should consider prepping your meals in advance, which means you can spend more time working. If you’ve got a family, you should prepare as many meals for them as you can, which means you won’t be pulled away from work to make everyone their evening meals.
Change Your Clothes
Throwing your comfy pajamas on sounds like a fantastic idea when you’re working from home. However, the reality is that your mind will sink into relaxation mode. When you wake up in the morning, have a refreshing shower and get dressed as if you were going into the office. Working in the right attire will help you to stay focused and make you feel more professional, which is important for those all-important video conferences.
Working from home has become a popular option for many businesses, but it comes with plenty of distractions. You can use the tactics listed above to help you stay on task.
Founder Dinis Guarda
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