5 home office hacks to boost productivity

These hacks will help you use your time wisely while working from home.

If you’re new to working from home, you could have more distractions than usual. Maybe you’re juggling work while minding the kids. Or perhaps you find it hard to get into a productive mindset when you’re in a space normally used for rest.

First, don’t beat yourself up if you’re not as productive as usual. Your employer probably understands.

“At the corporate level, most organisations are delaying budgets. It’s not business as usual, so we don’t expect business as usual,” said Jane, a COO from Melbourne.

That said, there are still things you can do to improve your productivity. These hacks will help you use your time wisely while working from home.

1 Avoid home traffic

Some parts of the house get more traffic than others. People move through the kitchen, living room and hallways throughout the day. If you work in a high-traffic area, you’ll encounter other people and open up windows for distraction.If possible, find a quieter part of the house to work in.

2 Don’t get (too) comfortable

While working on the couch can put you to sleep, working on a bar stool can tire your back. Find somewhere to work that keeps you alert but comfortable. While physical comfort is important, also avoid sitting in areas that you associate with rest and relaxation. A dedicated working area, desk or chair can help you switch to business-mode.

3 Rest your eyes

Working from home replaces face-to-face meeting with digital communications like emails, instant messaging or video calls. This means you could spend more time on your screen than ever. Avoid eyestrain — and the headaches that come with — by resting your eyes regularly. Experts recommend the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, stare at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

4 Use tools

At work, you probably use apps to help manage your workflows or collaborate with your team. But working from home can demand a different set of apps. Check out our list of 6 productivity tools that actually save you time. These include apps for task management, to do lists, and preventing distractions.

5 Hack your own productivity

Everyone has a different set of distractions to contend with. While some find it hard to isolate themselves in the family home, others struggle with the temptations of social media. Notice your unique distractions and think creatively to come up with solutions.

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