Working From Home Helpful Tips

Susan, one of our amazing Production Manager sent these 10 tips for helping you have a productive work day from home.  Enjoy!

  1. Write out a daily task list, a production goal, and plan your day. There’s nothing like a task list sitting next to you to keep you focused. When you have a list of the things you need to accomplish in a day, having that close to you constantly reminding you of what needs to be done is a great way of keeping on track.
  2. Avoid checking personal email in the morning. Checking personal emails can be very distracting even with filters setup. This is especially true when your friends send you links to interesting articles, jokes or videos on YouTube. If you’re not careful, you can get side tracked for hours. Instead of checking your personal email as soon as you get to your desk, try starting work straight away. This will build up some momentum as you ease into your work day. Also, if you don’t want to perpetuate a particular distracting email thread, just don’t reply to it until after work.
  3. Listen to the right types of music. Music is a great way of settling into the working routine. Be careful though, depending on personal preference, some types of music are not particularly conducive to productive work. Soft jazz or classical music would be a good choice for our kind of work rather than songs with lots of lyrics because the words could interrupt the thinking process. (David Bowie’s Changes on the other hand is a perfect choice for house cleaning chores)
  4. Fill up a water bottle. Keeping yourself hydrated is pretty important for all sorts of health reasons. Instead of going to fridge with your glass every hour, try filling up a water bottle at the start of the day. This limits the starts/stops associated every time you get up for water.
  5. Find the best time. Most of us are more alert at the start of the day, so it’s better to work on things which require brain power early.
  6. Don’t make long personal calls. Most of us have a good separation between our working and personal lives (or a least try to). I think we can all agree we should avoid having work intrude on our personal time as much as possible. The reverse of this also applies. Try limiting the time you spend doing personal things during work as they can be distracting and draining on your motivation. For example, you do not really want to be thinking about your weekend away with your spouse when you really need to get things done.
  7. Clean up your desk. Some of you may have desks which can only be described as ordered chaos. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as long as you can find what you need without too much digging around. However, if you can’t, I suggest cleaning up your desk. That doesn’t mean having an empty desk, it just means having neat stacks of paper, all filed in the correct location. It also helps tremendously having all the things you need easily within arms reach. For example, if you need a place to write, having your pen and notepad close by and easily accessible is incredibly useful.
  8. Get a good chair. I find it’s pretty hard to stay focused when my neck and back are sore because I have a bad setup at my desk. A good chair can eliminate this, allowing you to work for long stretches without breaks and physical distractions.
  9. Close programs you’re not using.
  10. Change your mindset and make work fun. For me, I find it difficult to stay focused on doing things I’m not by nature interested in doing. In most cases, there’s probably nothing I can do about it. However, be mindful of the fact that your perception of work is something you can control. For my last tip here, I suggest you try changing your mindset or turning work into a game. An unfocused mind, is an unchallenged mind. So make things fun!

Have a wonderful week!

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”

Tony Robbins

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