Productivity Tips When Working From Home
Guest contribution by Hailey Statham
Just like any business in a remote working setup, the cabinetry and joinery business also needs to come up with ways for their teams to stay productive.
A lot of creativity in visualisation is required to come up with the best designs possible. The same goes for tracking progress in manufacturing and selling. So with that in mind, here are some productivity tips you can use while your team works from home.
Stick to a Routine
Establishing a daily routine and sticking to it can help you stay productive and motivated while working remotely. It sets your work apart from other things you do at home.
The Spruce features advice on creating a routine, starting with making a list of everything you need to do regularly each day. Then you structure your day using this list by dividing it into three sections — morning, midday, and evening. If you want, you can set a specific time per task to make a more organised schedule. Factor in a bit of flexibility for times when changes in schedule are necessary, like making time for a doctor’s visit during work hours. Test this routine for at least a month, then make some tweaks to improve it.
Keep a Dedicated Office Space
Dedicating a specific area in your home as an office space is one way to stay disciplined as you’re intentionally separating your work from your personal life. It also helps you keep your focus even when a lot of things may be happening at home.
Verizon Connect points out how it takes an average of 23 minutes to get yourself back on track after getting distracted — whether it’s from watching the TV in your living room or the putting food in a microwave in the kitchen. A dedicated working space can keep you away from these distractions, letting you concentrate on your job.
Choose the Right Tools
Your computer is the main tool used in remote working, so it’s crucial to choose the right software solutions for your team’s different needs. Real-time communication tools like Slack, Skype, and Zoom are vital as you and your team are not working in the same physical location. It’s also important to monitor your staff’s engagement and contribution, which you can do using Hubstaff, Officevibe, or JotForm.
Project management tools, such as ProofHub, Trello, Monday, and Workfront, are also necessary as they make assigning tasks to different individuals and teams easier, and can track the progress of each project. In addition, collaboration tools like Google Drive, Microsoft Teams, and Confluence make sharing and updating files in real time possible.
For a cabinetry business owner or manager, you will need good design software that can help you and your team market your products more efficiently. KD Max is an extremely versatile tool for this purpose, as it can be easily used by any type of business—from small businesses with no machinery, to large businesses with CNC machines. It can be used not only to make 3D kitchen designs, but also for laundries, home entertainment units, and offices.
Establishing a sustainable work-life balance in a remote setup can be challenging, as there’s a high possibility that you might blur the lines when work and life co-exist in the same space.
Forbes emphasises the need for strong boundary control to keep this balance, especially since technology is used at all times in both areas. Techniques like turning off all work notifications and leaving your workspace are recommended to ensure that the boundaries stay in place.
Take Care of Yourself
Exercise, naps, and healthy eating can help a lot in fighting off stress, and in staying mentally and physically healthy. It’s also important to still go out of the house to get some sun and fresh air. If you can’t find time to enjoy some nature, keep some greenery inside your house. Get some indoor air-purifying plants not only for having healthy air inside your home, but also to improve your mood and productivity. Always remember, self-care is a must when working from home so you can stay in tune with your energy levels and prevent burnout.