We all know being in a global pandemic plunged us all into a new reality, especially in terms of working in an office. Even though it has been quite a while for us working from home, we still find ourselves struggling and waiting for all of it to be over so we can head back to the office. Well, until that time comes, we must make the best out of what we have right now.

For that purpose exactly, we have come up with a comprehensive list of “DOs & DON’Ts” while working from home to help you boost your productivity!

Here is a list of the major “DOs & DON’Ts” that you should look out for while working from home:

DOs

 1. Get ready for work from home like you would for an office day.

Getting ready helps your mind get into a state of alertness and gives it a signal to wake up and get to work. You don’t necessarily have to wear office clothes but please change those pajamas that you’ve been sleeping in for two days straight!

Looking presentable would make you feel like you’re about to do something important (which is true!) and give you the motivation to start the day on a high note.

2. Have a hearty breakfast with your favorite cup of coffee.

Yes, we know just getting out of bed and getting a quick fix is something all of us opt for because who wants to put that much effort in the morning, right? Wrong! Your body just woke up and deserves an energy boost to get your system working.

Skipping breakfast is an absolute productivity killer. (Fact: Not having breakfast negatively affects your cognitive performance, which contributes to low productivity levels.)

And, don’t forget to give yourself a caffeine boost with your favorite cup of coffee in the end!

3. Set up your workstation.

By that, we do not mean setting up your laptop on your dining table or worse, in bed.

Pick a space in your house that has zero distractions, and set it up with items that help you feel like you’re at work. You can check out a list of some work from home essentials here.

Making an environment that signals your mind that you’re in a work zone helps you be more productive and efficient with your work. Just think about being in bed VS being at your work station, the difference in the state of mind is huge!

4. Plan things out.

Set objectives and goals that you need to achieve every single day. Go for short-term tasks that are easily achievable and rank them based on priority. This will help you achieve your targets for the day on time. Using planning tools such as Trello and Quire also help a lot in this planning process.

DON’Ts

1. Don’t work in comfortable spaces.

Yes, you heard that right! We don’t mean be uncomfortable, we just mean don’t be too comfortable. Having your laptop open in your lap as you sit in your bed is not a good idea and will surely make you sleepy. Work at your desk where you’re sitting upright so your mind remains alert.

2. Don’t take too many breaks.

When we’re working from home it’s easy to go off track and take too many breaks, that’s why it’s always optimal to keep a watch on yourself or time your breaks in order to stay on track.

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