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Coronavirus: 10 Tips for Productive Working From Home

Every now and then a day at home, of course you roll through it ultra relaxed with your laptop at the kitchen table. In your bathrobe. With the cat on her lap and a fresh Heineken 0.0 at your fingertips to wash away yesterday's leftover pizza. Anyway, there's now a bit of non-commitment from people. Chief boss Rutte will have to work en masse from home in the coming weeks in the fight against the corona virus, so it's of great (national) importance that you deal with your new work situation in a responsible manner. So how do you actually do that, productively working from home? These 10 tips will get you started on working smart from home.

Coronavirus: 10 Tips for Productive Working From Home

Get up on time every day and preferably as early as possible

If you tend to spend an hour (or two, or three...) on your day at home, don't do this! Routine is extremely important for your productivity and energy level, so always try to get out of bed around the same time. Whether or not you've to commute for an hour. If you train your body on this it'll become easier to stand and yes, that also applies to the weekend.

Don't forget to have breakfast

Because a good breakfast gives you the necessary energy to work concentrated and well at home. This sounds logical, but for many people, this habit comes up when you suddenly have to work at home for a day. So take a moment for a good breakfast. That laptop can also handle half an hour later.

Develop routine

It may seem unimportant, but what the composition of your day looks like and what tasks you start the day with has a big impact. So start with small routines to stay on track for the rest of the day.

Do the most important tasks first

Are you a morning person and therefore productive before noon? Then use your first working hours to tick off the most important to-do's: writing, thinking creatively, designing or solving problems. Your concentration drops during the day, so it makes sense to schedule the less important tasks, or those you can do on autopilot, later in the day.

Work in blocks of up to 1 to 2 hours

It's unrealistic to think that you can maintain your concentration throughout the day. Specially in creative professions. Yet the danger of buffering all day long lurks, which won't improve the quality of your work. So plan your day smartly and plan in blocks of 1 or 2 hours. Take a short break between the blocks. Try to set a goal for each block and then achieve it.

Schedule breaks

Between work hours you can log in to Twitter and Facebook, watch some YouTube videos or do some household tasks. Within some companies they also call this moment 'Google time'. This way, there are no excuses left to interrupt your concentration during the 'working hours'. After all, you've planned your breaks for that.

Plan sports

For those who work at home, the hours aren't fixed and it's therefore easy to organize your day a little differently than usual. A victim of work is often sports. While this ensures a clear mind and energy! Therefore, choose a fixed time on the day for your sports session (or during the week) and stick to that moment. Do you like to exercise in the morning after the first two hours of work? Then it can certainly help you to put on your sports clothes.

Have lunch

Prepare for lunch. Is the refrigerator empty? Then you first have to decide what you would like to eat, where you'll get it and then actually do it. By the time you get home and are ready to start, too much time has been lost. So think about this in the days before you start working at home.

Change your environment

A change in food makes food. It therefore doesn't hurt to look for another "quiet place" to work. Normally you can go to a local coffee shop for this, but unfortunately that's not an option in these corona times. What you can do is find an alternative workplace in your own home. Swap your home office (no matter how comfortable) for an hour for the kitchen table or go into the garden with your laptop for half an hour if the weather permits. This way you keep the days varied, and every now and then a new environment stimulates creativity enormously. But whatever you do, don't look for busy places outside the door, because large groups of people increase the risk of spreading the corona virus.

Stop on time

Are you no longer satisfied with the results or are you tired? Then try to stop in time, so that you can start fresh the next day. The danger of working from home is that you work too long. Therefore, don't make the days too long, and stick to the predetermined hours.

Finally, a tip if you're required to stay at home for a longer period because of the corona outbreak: add structure to your days. This will by far best help you to stay productive, energized and motivated. Of course it can happen that something comes in between. So try to see your work blocks as individual pieces that you can easily fill in with other appointments, or move on. The key often lies in planning the day well.

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