9 ways to ensure a productive work-from-home routine

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, many workers have been ordered to work from home.

Working from home has its perks, but as you are required to work from home in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s essential to set up a distinction between your work and your personal life.

Whether it’s taking a short break, setting up a proper workspace or implementing a to-do list, these self-care tips can help you balance your work-from-home order effortlessly.

1. Follow a productive morning routine

If you can’t engage in outdoor activities, a meaningful indoor activity can be a great way to boost your productivity during the day.

Some indoor activities you can consider include journaling, yoga, meditation or at-home strength exercises.

Embracing a productive morning routine will help set a positive and relaxed tone for the day instead of jumping straight from your bed into your work.

2. Stock up on nourishing snacks

While it can be tempting to snack while working, you can reduce the possibility of weight gain by stocking up on nourishing treats instead of unhealthy junk food.

Here are some of the best foods to snack on as you work:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Low-fat yoghurt
  • Wholegrain crackers
  • Oatmeal
  • Wholegrain bread
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Dried fruit
Binge on healthy snacks rather than unhealthy junk food.

3. Create a designated workspace

Picking your bed or couch as your workspace is ill-advised as it is tough to maintain a sense of professionalism when working in an area associated with relaxation.

Set up a desk and upright chair in some corner of your home to create a small study cum work area. Lighting is essential to ensure you don’t strain your eyes.

4. Take a short break and move around

It is best to take a break from work every 30 minutes or so. While it is not ideal during the Movement Control Order to go outside, a light indoor exercise or stretching is a great way to ensure you stay physically and mentally sharp.

5. Wear proper work attire

Working in your pyjamas can negatively affect your productivity. Brush your teeth, shower, comb your hair and dress up modestly instead as if you were actually working in your office.

6. Keep your home clean

Ensuring your home is clean and tidy will ensure you can work productively. Working in a cluttered and dusty workspace can distract you, so ensure you tidy up everything before you start work.

Take the initiative in the morning to clean up the kitchen, put the laundry to wash and wipe your desk area clean before getting down to business.

It’s important to maintain your professionalism even when working from home.

7. Make a to-do list

While you are working from home, you need to find the means to motivate yourself. A great way to kick-start your day is to set a to-do list of everything you need to accomplish by the end of the day.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, prioritise urgent tasks and put aside minor duties for another time. You will get through your day more easily then.

8. Stick to your normal routine

When working from home, it’s tempting to either sleep in or pull an all-nighter since clocking-in at the office is no longer a necessity.

However, doing this can disrupt your normal routine and make you feel sluggish throughout the day.

Why not stick to getting at least eight hours of sleep every night to ensure you have the energy to get through your work day even though you’re working at home.

9. Don’t disrupt your circadian rhythm

If you are required to work late, bright lights can disrupt your circadian rhythm. To protect your eyesight, ensure your laptop or computer screen is set to dark mode.

To set up dark mode on your web browser, download a “Dark Mode” add-on that helps you quickly reduce your screen’s brightness at night time.

This article first appeared in Jobstore. First launched in New York, Jobstore is one of the largest job distribution platforms which offers services in over 10 countries.