As we continue to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have noticed that your productivity has either increased or decreased.
If it’s increased, then great! Working from home suits you and you may have found ways that keep you motivated, focused and productive. If your productivity has taken a decline, then it may be that you are facing a few obstacles that you’re not use to during your working day.
Many people are at home with children. Are you finding it hard to stay in ‘work mode’ if you’ve got to take care of and entertain the kids? Is your workspace not working for you? If you don’t have a dedicated place to carry out your day to day tasks, then this can also prove challenging. Are you struggling to differentiate between work and personal life, because at the moment it’s all merging into one?
In my previous posts we have looked at other aspects of working from home during COVID-19 the dreaded ‘C’ word. Over my next few posts, I wanted to share a few productivity tips.
This week I wanted to focus on time management. If we manage our time right, then things seem to fall into place. We know what we need to do and when we need to do it, and in turn, our productivity keeps consistent.
If you’re finding yourself a little scattered, then why not try the following and see how they work for you?
- If it’s a working day, treat it like you are going to work. Get out of bed at the same time and get ready for work as if you are going to work – even set an alarm if you need to. Don’t turn up to your office (wherever that may be, even if it’s in your bedroom) in your pyjamas! This tip involves time management, but it’s also relevant for that all important mindset. You need to be in the right frame of mind to be productive, so go and get dressed.
- Spend the first half an hour of your working day looking at, or creating your to do list. Prioritise tasks and review how long they will take. Then allocate time slots to carry out those tasks. If need be diarise them with reminders to keep you on track.
- If you are looking after the children whilst trying to work, consider whether you could be flexible on your working hours. It’s still important to schedule those working hours in and stick to them, but could they be when the kids are in bed or having some quiet time? Have you got a schedule for them, so that they know when quiet time is and when they need to be independent and entertain themselves, so that you can sit down for an hour and do what needs to be done?
- Take time out for a break. Whether it is stepping away from your desk and reading a book, newspaper or magazine, doing an online workout or taking your allowed exercise time outdoors, you need to take a break to be productive. You’ll return feeling energised and ready to re-start. Add this time to your schedule. It’s important and it needs to be factored into your day.
- Use a project management tool to help you manage your time and to-do lists. It’s great to get tasks checked off your list, and many programs have really useful features to help you manage your time, such as calendars and time logs.
Do you have any time management tips that you find help you to be more productive?
In my next blog, I’ll be focusing a little more on tip number 5 and how project management software can assist you. I’ll be sharing what I use to manage my projects, time and productivity. If you would like to find out more before then as you want to take action now, then why not get in touch? I’d be happy to help you get started on managing your time more productively.
Until next time…
Stay safe, stay at home, stay healthy