Quarantine Day ???: How To Keep The Productivity From Home
Companies all over the world have had to turn to remote work to function while prioritizing the safety of their employees amid the rapid spread of COVID-19. Working from home historically has had a negative stigma as people are less productive and tend to get distracted while at home. Our teams have spent the last five weeks working from home, and we have outlined 3 key steps that come directly from our highest performers to follow in order to be your most productive self while working from home.
Step 1: Define (and keep to) a schedule.
Eating, sleeping , exercising, spending time with family, and working productively can all be achieved with proper time management. Set a consistent alarm time and bedtime each day. Try to designate specific times for meals and coffee breaks. And don’t forget to exercise! Also make sure that you take advantage of the reduced commuting time, since you now only have to travel from your bed to your workspace. Use this newly found time to focus on something you had always put off. Get in a 30 minute workout in your living room. Bake some banana bread. Spend time reading to your kids or helping them with their homework. You have a lot more freedom and independence than you did when working in an office, so build a schedule that works for you. Try to use this feeling as motivation to get even more work done. You should hopefully also be sleeping a little more, so use this rest to draw energy and concentration.
Step 2: Designate a working space.
Not everyone has a home office, so it is important to find a comfortable space with minimal interruptions. It is key to not let distractions into this space, meaning if you want to take a work break, you should step out of the working area, so the space is immediately associated with productive activities. This also helps switch your mind from leisure to concentration more quickly, allowing you to focus and waste less time.
Step 3: Maintain strong communication with your team.
It is important to know what is expected of you and what you need to do to stay on track and help your team. Increase the quantity of your email, Slack, text, and phone call check ins with your superiors and direct reports. Schedule weekly full team update sessions, and include some virtual happy hours if possible. It is good practice to take a break from work related communication and catch up on a personal level. Communication will allow for specific goals to be set and achieved.
Remote work can be quite gratifying and can also be extremely productive. The best way to make it work is to try to identify what works best for you and stick to it. Finding a productive work from home system will leave you feeling motivated, fulfilled, and will allow you to reach any goal that you set for yourself.
Based in New York City, Horatio is a leading provider of white-glove customer experience and omni-channel support services. At Horatio, we like to say “do what you do best, and hire Horatio to do the rest.” Horatio partners with high-growth and innovative companies to develop their customer support strategy and provides a dedicated handpicked team to execute. Horatio’s number one focus is on providing high-touch, brand-focused customer support. Our team is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and expertise to ensure a great customer experience every time.