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How to Make Home an Efficient Workplace

Date Created: 19/03/2020

While you’re on a regular routine, there comes a time when for some reason going to work is just not going to happen. Regardless of whether you’re sick, have some family obligation or you’re just not allowed to leave home because some mysterious virus popped up out of nowhere (some viruses do come from China though!), ironically, home, sweet home feels too cozy to let you do your job right.

All our personal belongings and furniture that otherwise make us comfortable won’t be that helpful when we have to think of them as substitutes for our office desk, simply because they are there for a completely different reason; for chilling out after a hard day’s work.

Just admit it! You didn’t see this coming when you were told that day-to-day tasks should be completed from home when coronavirus started becoming viral, did you? Well, you’re not alone in this. Actually, some objects and more importantly some circumstances are there to serve specific purposes and in this case, the desk in your workplace is what’s there to make you work as efficiently as possible.

You really can get through this though. All it takes is giving yourself a good start by organizing things and by putting your mind in the right place. Read through the following paragraphs and you may become slightly more optimistic during work-from-home periods!


  1. Set a schedule

Planning tasks ahead is vital when you’re required to be focused.

You shouldn’t necessarily schedule things the exact same way they are when you’re at your workplace but you have to do it some way. Decide on what time you’ll be waking up, what time you’ll be drinking coffee, what time you’ll be starting to work, what time you’ll be taking breaks etc. After all, this is what you do regularly.

Keep in mind that not all plans necessarily work perfectly at first. So, being eligible to both minor and major adjustments is not a negative trait.

Set an easy and feasible schedule and, if needed, give those people you work with some of your own guidelines.


  1. Choose one workspace

If you’re that type of person, there’s no doubt that it’s perfectly fine to switch from one place to another while spending some of your free time. However, since you probably have one workspace in your workplace, you must have one workspace at home. By keeping all necessary things at one place, you’ll be your own coordinator.

You’re a hundred percent free to make a choice between your bedroom, your sofa, your balcony or whatever else as long as it’s just one place. Just like you’re a hundred percent free to keep close to you teddy bears, photos and other stuff that help you boost your creativity or productivity.

  1. Set rules with the people surrounding you

If you live within a closed space with other people, the key is to avoid distractions as much as possible by letting those people know that you’ll be working from home as gently as possible. Ok, this sounds a little bit too much and, if you’re not able to handle anger, it will look too much too.

What you need to do is keep your cool and make it very clear that you don’t want any interactions while you’re at “work”, or at least that you want some interactions and for specific purposes. Don’t worry, no one can work with the TV on or babies crying.

Remember not to just ask that others respect your rules, but to also respect others’ rules too!

  1. Take breaks

Breaks do matter! If you spend one working day to just test different types of breaks, you may notice that many little breaks will probably disrupt productivity, while entire breaks will more likely clear one’s mind.

Find some time to get a breath of fresh air, to work out, or do anything else that doesn’t require a digital screen because you’ll be looking at those long enough while working. Just concern yourself with something else, something that lets you forget about obligations.

Getting entire breaks instead of mini-breaks is not an addition, it’s a vital part of being work-effective.

  1. Dress appropriately

Pajamas, slippers and sweatpants are definitely comfortable. However, being too comfortable may not work here.

You need to create a mindset that reminds you how this is not leisure time but working time and, in order to do that, you must “feel” it too. It could sound ridiculous but by putting on a dress shirt, a tie and a pair of formal shoes, at least you’d make sure that you’re slightly more ready for work as far as your mind is concerned.

Seriously, sometimes, by simply putting your thought into something, you’re setting fundamentals right. You can at least give it a shot; if it doesn’t make any difference just skip it.



  1. Evaluate your progress

As a final step, what you can do is assess your work-from-home performance by making a list of what goes equally well as it goes in your workplace and what doesn’t. Do that for every aspect; don’t just say to yourself “This task was complete!”, that’s a simplistic way to look at it.

What you really should do is take a deeper look into your most and least productive and clear-minded moments.

Keep in mind that life never settles and adjustments don’t either.

Whether it’s viruses that don’t let people go to work or other occasional stuff, being eligible to doing work from home is essential. If you really think about it, it’s not that much of a task. The only real problem comes when there’s this lack of distinction between free time and obligation.

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