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Updated: Feb 1, 2021

It’s lockdown 2.0 in the UK so what a perfect time to give you some tips for staying productive whilst working from home.

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1. Stay motivated with a list. 

To-do lists are always the best way to organise your tasks, it can make everything more manageable and make you stay mentally focused.

2. Make a schedule for everything. 

When you are in the office your day is planned out to the T. So, let’s keep that going. Avoid putting your schedule into your phone, write it down in your diary instead! Scheduling your day will help you manage your time more efficiently. You can get more done and are less likely to forget tasks or become side-tracked.

3. Choose a dedicated workspace.

If you haven’t got a desk at home, why not invest in one? You can find some affordable desks on Amazon! If you would rather not sit at a desk, we have recently discovered lap desks which is a good alternative.

Working at a desk can boost your productivity and also avoid back pain. We thought it would be a perfect time to insert this meme.

If you are lucky enough to already have a home office why not add some decor to your desk. Vases with a pretty bunch of flowers, ornaments, pictures of family and desk organisers are all great items to decorate your workspace with.

The happier we are, the more productive we are. That’s a fact. Personalising your workspace can bring you joy, improve your mood and help you gain energy.

4. Set ground rules with people in your space.

We all know it can get difficult working from home, there can be many distractions. So, it is time to set some ground rules and inform others of the times that they can come into your space. For example, write a note for your door “BETWEEN 14:00-15:30 PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB IN A ZOOM MEETING.” Simply communicating these rules with the people in your home will also avoid disruptions and improve your productivity.

5. Take breaks!

The majority of people are entitled to an hour break when they are in the office. Continue to take your breaks when you are at home. Whether that means making some lunch and catching up on Strictly Come Dancing or taking a stroll to get some fresh air. Make sure you always take one.

Taking your well-deserved break serves as an energy boost and can also boost your creativity and performance.

"To be able to work at home successfully takes all of the following: motivation, perseverance, work, good habits, no excuses, balance, accountability, and action." – Byron Pulsifer.

We are in hard times; our homes have turned into our workplaces. Just remember that these tips can keep you working productively. Lastly, don't forget that this is only temporary!