3 Home Office Productivity Tips
In recent months, workers around the globe have been making the transition back to their offices.
According to an Institute of Directors (IoD) survey last March, it was found that 63% of 583 business leaders surveyed intended to shift towards 1-4 days of remote work per week. The benefits of working from home have been evident to most of us. Our commutes went from being filled with heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic to a stroll across the kitchen. Time with our family increased and there has been more flexibility to travel without needing to take vacation time.
As we embrace working remotely, how do we continue to stay productive?
- Invest in a Good Desk and Office Chair
If possible, designate a spot for a proper desk and office chair. Although sitting at the dinner table is appealing for eating, it doesn’t make the best spot to work from. A desk and office chair are designed to sit in for longer periods, offering ergonomic features to offer comfort and support.
- Designate a Workspace
If you have kids or pets, it’s not unusual to be interrupted by them during your work. Try to find a separate space where you can close the door to be focused on your job and attend virtual meetings without noise.
- Take Breaks
A Stanford study that monitored around 500 employees in China’s largest travel agency for two years found working from home increased productivity by over 20 percent. There is no doubt that the home office can help us be more productive. However, we need to ensure that even though work is more accessible, we designate time for breaks.
Begin with setting aside 2 20 minute breaks (20 in the morning and 20 in the afternoon) to get up from the chair and move around. Take this time to move your joints, stretch your muscles, and give your eyes a break from the screen.
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