As a result of the unprecedented times we are living in with COVID-19, many people now find themselves working from home and trying to stay productive. There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment but there are ways we can maintain some kind of normality through our work which can be just as efficient and rewarding. The LeadByte team came together to give you our top tips for keeping up with work during this difficult time.
Make A Schedule And Keep To It
LeadByte team member Macaullay who keeps our Marketing in check says one of the best ways to stay productive is by drawing up a schedule for the week, tasks that need to be achieved and on what days, targets that need to be hit and possibly adjusted, etc. This is a highly effective way to stay productive and keep track of where you are at. When we are at the office we can all feed off one another’s productivity, in lockdown that is much more difficult to do which is why a schedule is a great way to help you. There are some apps that can assist you in building a schedule, for example, Trello is an app where you can add and tick off tasks as and when they have been met or asana for teams who want to work on a schedule together!
Designate An Area For Office Space
For those of us used to working at a desk we simply cannot work from a couch or dining room table with noise and daily life occurring all around us, we need a space that is designated for work and one away from the family (sadly). Find a spot in the house where you can be alone and set up a desk, a comfortable chair, close to a power outlet with good lighting and preferably close to a window (for air and natural light). We cannot even begin to hope to be productive without a designated space for a home office. This brings us to our next point…
Taking breaks is essential to productivity, a study from the University of Florida says that you can only be productive for 90-minute intervals before your brain absolutely has to take a break. Now unlike at the office, your home office has ample places for you to take your breaks, have a cup of tea with the family, go for a brisk walk (while keeping a safe distance from others out exercising), have a snack or whatever relaxes you. Just remember to resume your work within the allocated time you have given yourself which is why watching a series or carrying on with a puzzle are not good ideas for breaks as we can easily fall into the trap of never returning to our desks! What are some of the things you do when taking a break?
Keep A Routine
Sticking with a routine you are familiar with not only applies to your productivity but also office habits such as morning meetings, casual days, Friday drinks or any other typical office happenings. Keep up with these office routines. If you normally have a meeting on Monday mornings keep that up, download Zoom and have everyone catch up for 40 minutes on what to cover through the week. This will keep everyone in routine and will help lead to a more productive team. Everyone is feeling anxious about the future, concern for loved ones and enjoying some time online with the team and beer on Fridays or sharing your casual Friday outfit (which if we are honest should be our PJs) can help employees feel a part of a community and more connected to one another and to their working environment. We are after all creatures of habit!
The LeadByte team is staying connected by keeping up with our Friday breakfasts! Our fantastic Managing Director Anthony wants YOU to join in too! EVERY FRIDAY until 8th May our LeadByte Legends will showcase their culinary skills, you have until then to get involved! Why should we, you may ask? Well, we all have to maintain some level of sanity over this difficult time but more important than that, we are going to throw up a 1,2 and 3 Podium finish prize (to be revealed) and we shall donate £250 to a charity of choice to the winner! To hear more about this, click here!
Keep Connected (Communication Is Key)
Following on from keeping to our office routines as far as possible, communication is the most important thing for those working from home! Within the LeadByte team, we maintain communication through Google Hangout and regular Zoom calls. This helps to keep us all motivated, we are all in this together! Whether its WhatsApp groups, emails or skype. We communicate at the office all the time, asking questions, checking up on colleagues and just chatting in general. We need to keep in touch while working from home so as not to duplicate tasks, maintain productivity and keep up the workflow.