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Working from home: 6 secrets to be productive!

Isabela Neves

Companies around the globe have already told their workers to stay home, as a precaution to limit the spread of COVID-19. So people have been taking refuge and embracing remote work as part of their daily routine.
But it’s no secret that when you’re used to going to the office almost every day, it can be quite challenging to suddenly start working remotely. That are, after all, a few struggles that come along with working from home: adapting to a new routine, loneliness and lack of productivity. Not to mention the handful of distractions that we keep inside of your houses (did someone say Netflix and chill?). 

The thing is, adapting is just a phase, and we promise you that there are things we all can do to be productive, organized and happy when working remotely. 

So don’t worry! We have 5 infallible tips that will help you master the art of working from home. 

Embrace the perks! 

When it’s done right, remote work can be great. And we believe that you have to look on the bright side and try to embrace the good things that come with the home office. There’s more flexibility, it cuts out commute time, you can get comfy and casual, and you can have your own cosy workplace. You just have to make a list of things you love about remote work, and fully make good use of them. 

Take breaks, but cut distractions

It’s all about balance in here. Since it’s really easy to get distracted when working at home, we recommend you to define a healthy workflow to yourself. A great idea is to set periods of time to be fully immersed in what you’re doing and take small pauses of 10 to 15 minutes to relax and relieve the tension. One of our favourite time management methods is the “Pomodoro Technique”. It’s simple: you break your workday into 25-minute chunks, separated by five-minute breaks. After four “Pomodoros”, you take a break of 15 to 20 minutes.

Plan, plan, plan! 

One of the biggest secrets to staying productive while working from home is to get your tasks organized. A great idea is to create a to-do list in advance, for example, the day before. You can write “big tasks” and “small tasks”, which are easier to do. Then, check the easiest ones first, so you keep motivated to do the rest. Oh, and if you want to take your organization skills to the next level, you can use tools such as Notion, Trello and Evernote. 

Declutter your desk

Rumours say that disorganized people are more productive… but we are firm believers that a clean and organized desk can do wonders for your effectiveness. Also, take time to make your workspace comfortable and pleasant. You can even decorate it with things you like! That way, working will be more enjoyable, we guarantee you.

Have a morning routine

We promise you this: when you start your day off the right way, you’re more likely to have a great day! Even if you don’t have to commute to go to the office, set a routine for yourself. Wake up ate more or less the same time every day, take a shower and make yourself a nice breakfast. You can even meditate for 10 minutes, or do some home yoga to get things going! Oh, and don’t forget to put on some comfortable clothes that are not the ones you sleep in. If you’re in pyjamas all day, you can feel lazy and eager to go back to bed.

Stay connected

Remote work can definitely get lonely, we know. But fortunately, technology is here to help us feel closer to one another while staying in. So use Zoom, Slack, Whatsapp, Skype, Google Hangouts or whatever tools you like to talk to your team-mates. A great idea is also to make daily catch up meetings where you can actually see each other and organize your workflow. 

Do you have any secret to be productive at home? If so, share it with us! And remember: if you are abroad and you need student accommodation, you’ll find the student home you’re looking for on Uniplaces.

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