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Monster Productivity Hacks For People Stuck In Home Offices

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

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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?

Lesser-Noted Benefits of a Working From Home Policy

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Although many businesses have been doing it for some time now as a consequence of the pandemic, the years to come will see plenty of debate over the value of working from home. Some businesses have already made a decision on the future of telecommuting, one way or the other. In the middle, there will be some businesses that aren’t sure yet. However, there are more benefits to working from home than a lot of people realize – and a look at the following side benefits might be enough to convince some employers to keep WFH even when it’s no longer a necessity…

A crowded office is a noisy office

Many of the arguments offered in favor of the return to working in offices hinge around the workplace being a vibrant place where people talk, smile and laugh. Not only does this paint a depressing picture of most homes, but it also ignores the synonyms for “vibrant” that aren’t quite so flattering: for example, “noisy”. If you’ve ever been on a work call, pressing a headset or handset against one ear while trying to shut out noise with the other, you’ll know how hard it can be to work when dozens of people are talking at the same time. Working from home is better for hearing health, as well as productivity and stress management.

Office politics and cliques can be toxic

While work would be a less thrilling experience without your workmates, moving people out of the office does make it much harder for cliques and silos of employees to form. Office politics can be destructive in a workplace, and more introverted employees can end up shrinking into themselves. Working from home doesn’t need to mean an end to social aspects – online and offline events can still be planned, your Secret Santa plans can go through Elfster rather than being picked out of a hat, and a WhatsApp group can still see the best of office banter preserved. The last few decades have shown us that the internet can bring people together more than drive them apart.

It’s not just Covid that can be passed on

The idea behind WFH for most businesses in the last year has been that by keeping employees from coming to the office, transmission rates are kept down. So, people might argue, once Covid is a thing of the past (or relatively so), there’s no reason for people to stay home. However, think back to the colds you’ve had in recent years. Were they the result of working alongside someone infected? Probably. If you’re showing symptoms but still feeling healthy enough to work, it should be possible to work without commuting in and potentially infecting dozens of people who might end up feeling a lot worse than you do.

When placed alongside the financial benefits of decentralized working to both the business and the employee, the above examples show that there is a lot to think about before considering a return to the office. 

P.S. Working from home means more time for adventures!