7 Ways You Can Make Working From Home More Efficient
Think with Google says that “for many, remote work is a new reality and one that takes some
getting used to.” Too true. So, with working from home becoming the new normal, at least for
now, we thought we’d share some of the tips we’ve learned over the last year to help you work
more efficiently from home while looking after your wellbeing.
Here they are, from our small business to yours.
1. Get dressed
You might think it’s obvious to avoid Zoom conferences in your pants just in case the Amazon man knocks, and you are forced to stand in front of your laptop camera, but we’ll say it anyway. Getting dressed for your workday helps your brain get into work mode which helps your focus. Something we’re kind of lacking right now, are we right? We’re not saying you need to don your tie and polish your loafers, just don’t be a loafer. At some point there will be an office Christmas party again and you won’t be pleased if one of your co-workers has captured an image of you in your dressing gown eating chocolate spread out of the jar to share for a laugh. You’re at home but think professional and hopefully your brain will follow.
2. Defend your territory
According to Think with Google, “establishing a designated workspace can help tell your brain you’re in the place where you do work productively.” So, if your kitchen table is where you’re working from, maybe you need to set rules for when you’ll need sole use of it. You can’t always help it if people want to come in for a cuppa every so often, but if you can ask everyone in your household to be done with breakfast by 9am then you can start to focus.
3. Recognise distractions
Whatever room in your house is now doubled up as an office, make sure it is as free from distracting influences as it can be. We strongly discourage you from working from your bedroom, because that is where you go to relax. Your brain associates that room with things that are counterproductive to efficient work. Think with Google recommends creating “work triggers” for yourself to trick your brain into focused work-mode. We think they’re spot on. Ensure your workspace is a place for work during certain hours, as much as is humanly possible. Try not to work in the same room as the television because whether it’s on when you start your workday, you can bet that if you live with other people it will be on before the end of it. Don’t make it harder for yourself to focus. Recognise distracting factors and avoid or eliminate them.
4. Train your eyes
5. Alpha waves
Our team at Deearo Marketing can’t be the only ones having to share their workspace with children home-learning. Live classes, three times a day at peak work times. Super. Don’t get us wrong, we are in awe of the amazing work teachers are doing right now facilitating home learning while simultaneously teaching in school. They’re doing the best they can for our kids and we’re so grateful. However, kids counting out loud in your ear while you’re trying to concentrate is incredibly irritating.
So, just as modern technology has enabled efficient home learning to destroy the home working environment for all parents, technology will fix it. We give you the headphones with inbuilt speaker. If you don’t have some, get some immediately, if not sooner. You can give them to your kids for their Google Meet or Zoom sessions so they can still engage with the class and give answers when called upon, but you’re not bombarded with the tutorial on improper fractions filtering through your ears. Alternatively, you can plug them into your computer and enjoy your soothing alpha waves while distractions clatter about unheard by you. Whichever works best for you.