The outbreak of the contagious and deadly pandemic has made telecommuting the need of the hour. But, the transition from office culture to work from a home culture often introduces the employees with the productivity challenge. They find it hard to stay productive while working from the comforting ambiance of their homes. If you also find it challenging to stay productive while telecommuting, this blog is for you. It presents some effective tips which can help you overcome the productivity challenge and work efficiently from home. Here you go:

1. Create a specific workspace:

An office vibe can help you stay productive while telecommuting. In order to get an office vibe, you just have to create a specific workspace for yourself. While selecting your workspace you have to keep one most important point in mind i.e. it should offer minimum distractions. For example, your workspace should be the one where no noise like that of TV can distract you. As the number of distractions gets minimized, your focus level increases. This helps you work in a highly productive manner. So, in order to work productively from home, you should first create a specific workspace for yourself.

2. Keep your workspace beautiful and organized:

The more organized your workspace, the more organized your thought process, and the more productive you are. So, you should always try to keep your workspace beautiful and well- organized. Here are some ways through which you can keep your workspace beautiful and organized:

· Decorate your workspace with motivational quotes:
Imagine yourself entering a dull room. How do you feel? Your answer to this question is mostly ‘dull’. Now, imagine yourself entering a vibrant room full of motivational quotes, colorful posters, and other things. How do you feel? Your answer to this question is most energetic. This implies that your workspace has the ability to affect your energy level. So, you should decorate your workspace with motivational quotes and beautiful posters. This will help you keep your energy high and stay productive.

· Keep a trash bin nearby:
This is an important step to keep your workspace organized. You should have a trash bin nearby your work table. If a trash bin is available nearby, you can easily throw the trash in it and prevent the littering of your workspace.

· Take a pledge not to clutter your workspace at any time:
It is often that we clutter our workspace while working. We keep filling our work table with the different things we utilize like a charger, headphones, etc. It is with the cluttering of our workspace that our mind starts getting irritated. This leads to a loss of productivity. In order to prevent this from happening, you should take a pledge not to clutter your workspace at any time. For this, you should try to keep your things at the proper place after using them.

· Arrange everything properly before signing off from work:
Before leaving your workspace every day, you should try to devote some time to arrange everything properly. By doing so, you can not only keep your workspace organized but also prepare it well for your new workday.

· Sanitize your workspace every morning:
Sanitizing your workspace is an important thing to do. It not only keeps your workspace clean but also makes you feel good. Further, as you feel good, your productivity increases. So, you should make it a point to sanitize your workspace every morning.

3. Take good care of your health:
You cannot be productive if your health is not in good condition. Thus, it is important for you to take good care of your health both physically as well as mentally. For your physical health, you should exercise daily and also have a healthy diet. Avocados, Yogurt, Spinach, Almonds, Walnuts, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables are some healthy food items that you can add to your diet. Further, for your mental health, you should try to practice mindfulness and meditation techniques.

4. Start your day with something you love doing:

You feel happy when you do something you love. This happiness makes you feel energetic, which further gives a boost to your productivity. So, you should try to do something you love every morning before you start your office work. It can be anything like dancing, singing, sketching, cooking, listening to songs, etc. Further, indulging in such activities only for 10 to 15 minutes in the morning is sufficient to make your productivity soar high.

5. Dress up for work:

Most of us prefer to stay in our comfortable clothes when we are at home. But, when our home turns into our office and we are working from home, it’s better to avoid wearing comfortable clothes during work hours. This is because your comfortable clothes make you feel relaxed. As a result, your energy gets more inclined towards relaxation than work. This causes a huge loss of your productivity. So, you should try to dress up well for work. Your clothes should give you an office kind of vibe. Also, your hair should be well-kept.

6. Drink plenty of water:

It has been scientifically proven that the amount of water you drink affects your productivity. If you drink an adequate amount of water every day, your productivity can rise by nearly 14%. So, you can give a boost to your productivity while telecommuting, by drinking adequate amounts of water every day. Now, you may wonder what amount of water is adequate for you? According to the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering, men should have at least 15.5 cups of water every day. Further for women, it is important to have at least 11.5 cups of water daily.

7. Take power breaks:

Whether you work at the office or from home, power breaks are necessary for your mind. If you keep working without taking any breaks, your productivity drops down. This makes it essential for you to take power breaks after regular intervals of time. Further, studies say that your brain needs a break after every 30 to 40 minutes of dedicated working. So, you should take a power break for 5 to 10 minutes after every 30 to 40 minutes of work.

To conclude, the right set of measures can help you stay productive while telecommuting, and the tips mentioned above elucidate some of them. So, by following the above-mentioned tips, you can maintain your work productivity even in the comforting ambiance of your home.

Author's Bio: 

A creative woman by heart, Jessica Robinson is a research writer who is solely dedicated to the task of conceptualizing, analyzing, and drafting write-ups on various issues. She is a woman of words, who has been delivering quality, accompanied by efficiency from the past 10 years. Additionally, it is much owing to her professional management degree from Melbourne University, which has exposed her to such proficient skills.