5 Practical Tips to Stay Productive While Working From Home

13 April 2020
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​​​To slow down the spread of COVID-19, many workers worldwide are being told to work from home. The mass shift to telecommuting have left many workers scrambling to secure laptops, internet routers and other items they need to set up their home work space. Besides getting the technology, adopting good work habits and creating a conducive environment are important in helping you stay focused and motivated while working from home.

Here are some tips that you can incorporate into your daily work activities to boost your productivity:

  • Work from a desk

If you have been working from a desk at work, continue doing the same at home to emulate your usual work environment.

  • Sit in a good posture

Sitting upright while you are working will help to increase oxygen flow to your brain and help you stay focused as you work. Find a chair with back support and place a cushion or rolled-up towel at your lower back for the extra support if needed. Also, make sure your eye is level with the top of your laptop screen so that you do not strain your neck.

  • Bedrooms are for sleeping only

While it is tempting to work from bed, this is a no-no as the bedroom is typically a space where you unwind and rest for the day. Working in your bedroom might blur the lines between work and personal time, and even affect the quality of sleep you get in the long run.

  • Choose a clean and well-lit area to do your work

Being surrounded by clutter while working can be distracting. Working in a clean and well-lit area can help optimize your focus and think clearer. Not only that, working in a clean environment will be beneficial to your physical health. Do remember to regularly tidy your work space and ensure it is clean.

  • Do some light exercises during breaks

Working for hours in front of the screen can take its toll on your body. Make the most out of the personal space by doing some light exercises such as stretching or go for a walk. This will help to reduce muscle soreness and stress in your body, as well as stimulate blood circulation, giving you an energy boost to keep you going throughout the day.

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