I’ve been working from home long before it was popular, cool or accepted. Today, many are forced to set up shop at home and are struggling.
Work from Home Setup
First of all, you need a quiet, dedicated space for your office. You may not have a spare room to use, but carve out a spot in your home that is only for working. Having your laptop on the couch is not only inefficient, but it will cause you eye strain, backaches, headaches, and fatigue. Ask family members to respect your work hours and not interrupt you during work hours.
Work from Home Disciplines
You will need to create a schedule and stick to it. If you are working, you aren’t playing video games or watching movies. How you handle this time at home will ultimately determine the trust level your employer has with you moving forward. Don’t blow it! Below is a guest blog regarding a great tool to help you WFH:
Work from Home Strategies
Task batching is a way to plan your day around your to-do list by grouping like tasks together. The idea is that by scheduling tasks that require similar skills and effort together, you’re reducing the need to switch thought processes and re-focus yourself on your work.
A traditional workday is full of distractions including everything email notifications to chatty coworkers. Most of us respond to notifications by checking them immediately, and if we don’t it’s likely still being marked as a to-do in the back of our minds. This is another way we disrupt our flow and productivity repeatedly throughout the day.
Task batching works to ease mental strain by scheduling time for you to check these notifications and other low effort tasks when you’re least productive. Then at your most productive hours, you can zero in on the tasks that require the most focus and communicate with your team that those hours are no contact hours.
How Task Batching is Beneficial
Knowing what’s in store for your day helps to eliminate stress and reduces the need to make decisions throughout the day. This combined with the focus and efficiency of task batching allows you to get more work done with less brain fog.
When you spend less time switching between tasks, your brain can stay in the zone longer and be more productive.
If you go into a day without a plan you can feel overwhelmed by how much you have to do. Task batching helps to break projects down into specific tasks, so you can prioritize what you need done each day without stressing about time.
Be More Productive
When you schedule your day with priorities during your most focused hours, you get higher quality work more easily than trying to force yourself to focus through an afternoon slump.
How To Task Batch Your Day
Task batching is a skill and it will take some practice to get right, so give yourself plenty of time to schedule your week.
1. List and Prioritize Your To-Dos
What do you need to accomplish this week? List everything from daily emails to client calls.
2. Break Large Projects Into Steps
Simplify large projects by steps so they’re less intimidating and you can accurately group them.
3. Label Each Task By Function
Label your to-dos by type of work and the focus needed to get it done — like emails and client calls are low-effort, while research and writing are high-effort.
4. Build Your Schedule
Organize your schedule with similar tasks grouped together, and plan tasks considering when you’re most and least productive.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed with deadlines and looming projects. Task batching is a great productivity tool to ease your mind and keep you on schedule for deadlines. Learn more about task batching and productivity costs with this infographic from Turbo.
Thank you https://turbo.intuit.com for being a guest blogger! If you are looking for more time management and productivity advice, get my Mastering Time Management booklet.