How productive are you?
When we work from home, we have enough flexibility to do our job but, are we productive enough? The luxury can turn into a missed opportunity if not done precisely.
It’s been almost two months since I wrote a blog or participated in some community activities. I was too busy with my work and passive learning. I was under the impression that I am doing great because, I am delivering more tasks, learning new things, and extending my working hours by staying awake at night. I was being extremely productive. Right?
NO, I was just killing my productivity. HOW? It’s not all about delivering more tasks, but also about completing them in budgeted time without compromising on quality.
When I looked into my work, the activity which I used to complete in an hour from office is now taking more than an hour. Initially, I thought it could be the frequent breaks, however, I gradually realized, it was not just the breaks, it was simply because my productivity was going down the scale.
This is not always noticeable mainly due to relaxed timelines during the current situation, as well as increased family time and close to zero daily commute. Do not let this comfort zone control your productivity, instead, put efforts to learn new things or educate yourself during the extra hours you earned by working from home. I bet this is the right time to sharpen your actual time management skills.
So what it takes to improve productivity while working from home? Though I am not an expert but can surely share my experience as of what helped me…take a look:
- Be accountable for your timelines as more open-ended schedule may lead to bad results.
- Set up a workspace and stick to your work hours.
- Create a to-do-list and try to stick to it.
- Take breaks and minimize distractions to put your best effort.
- Avoid late-night work as socializing and exercising is also important.
- Track your working hours to understand when you are more productive.
- Start maintaining work-life balance to make sure you are doing great in both departments.
So now, over to you! let me know if they helped…