Robyn Foyster Editor of Women Love Tech
Working from home can be challenging, especially for those who aren’t used to working remotely. But with the right work and life hacks, tools and mindset shifts, you can make it work. Here we’ve collected 5 the best productivity and life hacks to make your working-at-home experience more manageable and efficient.
So, no matter if you’re a freelancer, small business owner or temporarily working from home during the pandemic, it’s crucial to follow some simple hacks to create a productive, positive, working environment. These hacks can help to keep you on track and healthy while working remotely.
- Optimise your workspace
You’ve probably heard the quote ‘a clean space makes a clear mind’ but keeping your workspace clean and clutter-free could be one of the best ways to stay productive. In a survey by OfficeMax, 77% of respondents said that clutter impairs their productivity and more than half of those surveyed said it also negatively affects their motivation levels and state of mind. Optimise your dedicated working from home office by clearing any clutter, adding air-purifying plants, mind-focusing music and a whiteboard or notepad to scribble down all of your ideas.
- Create a schedule that works for you
Once your workspace is ready, establish a consistent routine that works for you. Sure, one of the benefits of working from home is being able to work whenever you want, but that doesn’t mean you should. Having a structured schedule helps to keep you on track and boost productivity. It also makes it a whole lot easier to keep your work and personal time separate.
Notice during what times of day you’re the most productive and build your schedule based on that. The beauty of working from home is that, in many cases, the traditional 9-5 work hours no longer exist, so there’s no need to force yourself to become a morning person if you’re feeling more productive at night.
- Wear blue light blocking glasses while you work
Office workers are estimated to spend almost a third of their day looking at a screen and all those long hours of blue light exposure from screens is thought cause digital eye strain which can be harmful to your eyes and affect productivity. Wear blue light blocking glasses while you work to reduce the impact that exposure to digital screens can cause. These lenses have specially crafted tinted lenses with anti-glare protection to block or filter out the blue light to keep your eyes refreshed, reduce headaches and increase focus.
- Incorporate productivity apps
Even the leading boss babes have an assistant, so why not get yourself one? Some people might think that working remotely means not having to watch the clock, but the opposite is true. Time management is key to helping you stick to that schedule you’ve established while meeting all of your deadlines. Whether you need a project timer to track hours for a specific client project, a tool to track your status updates or manage your team, apps can help to keep you productive and focused throughout the day.\
- Take breaks
Along with keeping a realistic schedule to make sure your work-from-home arrangement remains productive, you need to take real breaks during the day to keep it manageable. It might sound counterintuitive but stopping every 90 minutes renews your energy level and gets you ready for your next task with a new outlook. During these breaks step away from your screens, get up and stretch or do light exercise, refill your bottle of water, go outside for some fresh air or eat a healthy snack and come back refreshed. Ensure you are allocating time to step away from your desk for a proper lunch break too, just as you would in the office.
Robyn Foyster is an award-winning journalist and former Editor-In-Chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly. She is also the owner and publisher of Women Love Tech, Game Changers and The Carousel. Robyn’s tech company produced the augmented reality app for Sydney’s Vivid Festival in 2018 and the retail app Sweep. She is a speaker and a judge of the Telstra Business Awards and Mumbrella Awards. Robyn is passionate about supporting women in STEM.