Having a home office can be a lot of fun. You no longer have to deal with office politics or chat idly around the coffee machine with co-workers you only barely tolerate.
But there’s a problem – home offices aren’t always ideal for productivity. Compared to working in a regular office, in can be harder to get stuff done.
In this post, let’s look at some monster productivity hacks for people stuck at home.
Find Something That Makes You Happy
Did you know that our brains work best when we are happy? Well, it’s true. So when working from home, find a setup that fills you with joy.
Naturally, what this entails depends on you. Perhaps it’s always having your favorite mug of tea next to you while you work, or maybe it’s putting up photos of your pets. Whatever it is, make sure that you do it. Over the course of weeks and months, it can dramatically improve your work.
Focus On Ergonomics
Don’t just sit on the couch or at the kitchen table. Over time, that’s going to ruin your posture, cause pain, and make you less productive.
Instead, really drill down into ergonomics. Find out what works best for your body and then perfect it. Make sure that your mouse and keyboard are at the right height, relative to your chair. Move your chair up and down. And even experiment with standing desks if you feel that they might help.
Changing your ergonomics could be the best thing you ever do.
Achieve The Perfect Temperature
Productivity goes down when office temperatures go above 73.4 or fall below 64.4 degrees F. So you’ll want to find a way to keep yours within that range if at all possible.
Don’t delay getting AC repair if you need it. You’ll often make back your investment in the form of higher productivity and more comfort while at work.
Put Plants Next To Your Screen
Sometimes you don’t have a choice of whether or not to stare at a screen all day. But you can improve the experience by adding potted plants to either side. Plants increase oxygen levels in your office while also having positive effects on your mood. It’s also fun typing at a computer that looks as though it is emerging from the jungle.
Block Your Time
Generally, you can place your work times into two distinct categories: tasks and communication (phone calls, emails, virtual meetings, etc.). Completing tasks is what earns you money and makes you valuable to the company you work for. Your correspondences and meetings can add value, but they are also an enormous time sink. For this reason, the most productive home office workers always block their time. For instance, they might block their calendar from 8 am to 9 am to respond to emails, schedule a project team huddle at 1:30 pm and then perform tasks for the rest of the day. If they have several meetings to get through, they might block them one after the other at the end of the day so that they can use the morning to do tasks when they are at their most productive. Play around with what time blocking works best for you!
Do you work from home? What productivity hacks would you add?