Author Aditi A Kashyap
A common issue we are facing this pandemic is the blurring of boundaries between home and work duties. As one spills over the other, it becomes a challenge to understand which responsibilities should take more precedence. Over the last few months, we have all been forced to restructure our days and schedules. While not all is glum about working from home, this new normal goes with its own set of challenges. One of the critical challenges of working from home is managing time, and it's essential to understand that proper time management lets you work smarter- not harder- so you get more done in less time.
Learning about some tips that will help you manage your time better will give you immense benefits now and for the rest of your career. Read below to know more:
5 WAYS TO MANAGE TIME WHILE WORKING FROM HOME
Tip No.1: Have a personal organization system
Take out 5-10 mins at the beginning of your day to enlist all the tasks you are supposed to do in the day. If you like to do the paper and pen way, plan to write down all your tasks in your calendar diary. It's satisfying to scratch out tasks you have completed in your to-do list. If you are more tech-savvy, consider making full use of productivity apps. The apps have features that let you set reminders, organize your tasks, and much more. In doing so, you will be able to keep track of projects, meet deadlines, and be more organized.
Tip No. 2: Turn off stressful work thoughts while taking a break
Avoid work emails and responding to messages while taking a break. While it is easier said than done, it is still doable, and a little time off from work during the day does no harm. Research has indicated that ruminating about stressful work while taking a break activates our stress response and significantly disrupts our ability to recover and recharge during the off hours. This will also lead to sleep disturbances, to eat unhealthier foods, and to have worse moods. When you are taking a break, use this time to rejuvenate and recharge. Practice a hobby, listen to some good music, take a short walk, or cook something you like.
Tip No 3: Set expectations with your manager and the team
Unlike the typical workday at your office where you had fixed work timings, your family obligations now compete for your time. Are you a morning lark or a night owl? If you feel you are more productive during non-traditional hours such as the early morning or late night, make that communication explicit with your manager and team. This will keep everyone on a common page and let them know your availability and work hour expectations.
Tip No. 4: Stay true to your work hours
Your commute now might mean a walk from your couch to the work table, but that doesn't mean you don't know how to end your workday. Shutting down your laptop and work calls may be challenging, especially when the line between work and home duties is thin. Stick to the shift you work for, and during these work hours, focus all your efforts on work alone. Have an alarm to call it a day and disable notifications on work-related apps once your day is over.
Tip No 5: Gear up for focused work
How do you turn on the office mode? Do you have your method to concentrate better while working at home? There might be a multitude of distractors at home that will divert your attention from work. Do you put on your headphones with music to concentrate better? Or do you have a designated space at home where no one is allowed to enter while you work? It's important to know what work's best for you to be productive.
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To conclude, time is a valuable resource, and in a time like this where we are dealing with a gamut of changes, it becomes all the more vital to spend time on things that matter.
What are some best practices that you employ to manage time better? Please share with us in the comments below!
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