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Effectively manage your time when working from home

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Working from home can be stressful, particularly if you are new to remote working. The lack of social interaction, increased distractions and lack of structure can throw off your workday. According to a 2017 study conducted by the United Nations, those who work from home report a higher level of stress. We’ve collated proven tips to help you manage your time and structure your day to help reduce stress.

 

Stop multitasking

Multitasking seems like a great idea and you may feel as though you are getting more done, however, research conducted by Stanford University found that multitasking is far less productive than doing one task. This is because multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance. When your brain is focussing on two or more tasks it has to continuously switch focus which impacts your productivity and increases stress. Try focusing on 1 task at a time and work through a to-do list.

 

Follow a to-do list

That brings us onto our second tip. Ensure you follow a to-do list, whether you prefer a written list or an online tool such as Asana. Online task management tools such as Asana are a great way to manage both your own time and your wider team by keeping you organised and connected to your colleagues. Make sure to include everything you need doing on the day from small tasks to larger projects. Don’t forget to check the items off once you are finished.

 

Structure your working day

Having a clear structure and planning your day out can ease your stress levels. Structure your day as though you are going into the office. Start your day with a healthy and balanced morning routine (you can read our top tips for creating a healthy morning routine here), start work at the same time and end your working day at a reasonable time. 

 

Don’t skip lunch

It’s easy to grab lunch from the kitchen and eat at your desk, but this habit can become detrimental for your productivity and stress levels. Effectively managing your time includes allowing yourself a real lunch hour. Switch off the desktop or close your laptop and take 1 hour away from your work. Having that time to yourself, whether you sit in the garden, take your dog for a walk or play with your kids, this time will allow you to come back to your work in the afternoon feeling refreshed, meaning you are less likely to experience an afternoon slump.

 

Schedule your day into manageable chunks

Split your day into manageable chunks and focus on three big tasks for the day. You may also find implementing time management techniques work better for you. Try the 52-17 rule (work for 52 minutes at a time, then break for 17 minutes) or the Pomodoro technique (take one five-minute break every 25 minutes and one longer break every 100 minutes), learn more here

 

For more work from home tips, check out our article here.

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