Without the formal setting and schedule of a normal office and pre-pandemic work day, Work From Home (WFH) arrangements can actually be a lot less productive and more stressful.
A common complaint about WFH is one tends to get easily distracted with home chores, family needs and other tasks that just bug you at the back of your mind.
You get tempted to catch a break to watch the next episode of your fave Netflix drama, or even go for a quick dip in the pool to beat the heat! These breaks help clear the mind and it’s always more tempting to just relax for a bit longer. The day just slips by and before you know it, you’re up late into the night rushing to finish the work tasks of the day.
Here are some tips to hep you manage your time efficiently while working from home.
Organise Your Time
It’s easy to organise your time for work, rest and play but keeping to the schedule can be a challenge. Try not to be too ambitious with your schedule: plot realistic time periods that suit your own working methods and processes. If you need a short break after every hour or work, then put aside a 10 minute rest time. It’s really up to you to decide the most productive schedule.
Rule of thumb: try to stick to your pre-pandemic office work day schedules where possible – a familiar routine helps you adjust better.
Sticking to your official work schedule also means you should be able to finish your work by 6pm and have your evenings and nights free for R&R and other activities.
Daily To-Do List
Create a simple to-do list before the start of your WFH day. You can prioritise items, and add and subtract along the way. The list will help you keep track of your progress and remind you of important/urgent tasks that need to be done by the end of the day.