For the most of us it is easier to concentrate at the office, there is a work atmosphere, colleagues, live communication etc. Home Office work style is a new experience for a lot of people. It is clear that there is always something to be distracted at home – memes of your favorite blogger, one more sandwich or an urgent discussion with relatives about the latest news in the world.
The postponement of important matters is called procrastination. Studies claim that – 75% of people pass it easily, for other 25% it takes various forms of complexity.
Here are some tips from our colleague Elena Lutai that could help you to organize your work at home effectively.
Turn off all notifications on apps on your phone (if it is necessary you can leave messengers for work and e-mail notifications), install blocking extensions on your computer, log out from social networks, except ones used for work. Whenever you get the urge to check your favorite blogger’s pages as you complete the task, you’ll have to re-log into the application, or the blocker won’t let you to do it at all. After doing some work, take a break. This will form the right patterns and habits.
Manage your time with three simple techniques:
The GTD (Get Things Done) system offers to fix everything you can do. This way you can unload your brain and use all its resources to work. That’s why:
• Write down your tasks
• Decide quickly what to do next
• Do what you wrote down
The value of this technique is that it is necessary to write down everything that you hold in your head now. Thus, instead of endlessly scrolling through all the tasks, you free up the brain to find an effective way to solve them.
The organizational aspect of GTD implies that you begin to do the work when everything is within easy reach. Agree, it is convenient to work when all files are downloaded and opened, programs are started, and the necessary documents are printed and compiled in the required order.
In addition, the GTD approach focuses solely on the next small task that moves the project forward. It helps not to think about how big and complex the task ahead is. As they say, small confident steps to victory.
The “Tomato Method” involves the splitting your time into intervals – “tomatoes” of 25 minutes, during which you work on a task without interruption to other activities. After 25 minutes, take a short break and then start a new “tomato”. After 4 “tomatoes” take a long break so that the brain can process everything that you have done and get ready to work on the next tasks.
Do not plan much, completing of all tasks is unrealistic and you will only be stressed about it. So, choose three tasks you want to complete by the end of the day and focus on accomplishment them. If necessary, break them down into smaller tasks. And perform the most urgent or difficult.
Manage your energy
Try to schedule tasks that require less mental or physical energy for low-energy times, and leave complex tasks for those times when the energy level is the highest. Watch a short video or call your family to reboot and recharge. Find something that recovers energy and make it part of your work day.
And although, from time to time, you still have to postpone the task, if you do not hide behind procrastination, you can do it without feeling guilty.