We all have many demands on our time not to mention the pressure of working our businesses from home during pandemic. In addition to being boss ladies, we have family, friends, employees, technology and general stuff snapping fingers in hopes of gaining our attention. I know, I'm living it and at times it has been stressful. There are small and simple changes I started implementing that may help you to make significant differences to your focus and productivity too.
1. Use a "Working from Home" Schedule
This crisis is temporary but we're not sure how long it will take to get used to our "new" normal. Create a "working at home" schedule for yourself and maybe for those around you. When running your business from your living room, you need a clear plan of your day allowing you to move from one task to the next without having to stop and decide what to do next. Take note, schedules are not the end-all-be-all as sometimes things change. This is especially true if you have little ones at home. Become a super early riser or a nap-time negotiator. (save the important calls for when the kids are asleep) If you must take a call, acknowledge the background noise of the mini-bosses and keep pushing.
2. Make a Clean Workspace
Be it your kitchen counter while you are cooking dinner or your desk at work, keeping a clean and tidy workspace will help clear the mental clutter as well. Fewer distractions and no desk-cleaning-procrastination. If you don't have a dedicated home office, put some your work items in a bin or basket. You can put it next to you and pull out what you need without it being spread out all over on the kitchen table.
3. Put Blinders On
This means all the blinders. Turn your phone on silent, stop notifications, and keep unnecessary tabs closed on your computer. Technology is fantastic, but it can also serve as a major distraction throughout our workday. Take into consideration how much time you spend clicking and scrolling needlessly.
4. Let Others Know You’re Working
Put a sign on your door, put on your headphones, or whatever it is you need to do to minimize distractions from other human beings. Letting others know that you’re working and prefer not to be disturbed will give you time to work and is a polite way of saying, “I’m happy to help but not until later.”
5. Know Your Habits
We all have habits that dictate when we are most and least productive. Pay attention to yours and use them to your advantage. If morning is your most productive time of the day, then that is the best time to shut your door and work on the big, hard tasks of the day. If you know that you always hit a wall right before lunch, use that time to pack up your desk and take a stroll to the mailbox or walk the dog. A brief change of scenery can help refresh the mind and get your focus back.
Finding your "working from home in a global crisis" groove can be challenging; however, taking the time to make small steps in the right direction will allow you to create a workday that is productive and meaningful.