Working from home can be great, but there’s a reason for why most remote workers get a co-working space or choose to work in a cafe most of the time.
For many, it’s just too unproductive to work from home directly.
But it is what it is…
You can either complain or make the most out of it, and if you are reading this, you probably want to make the most out of it.
Here are 9 ways to make your home a productivity hub
1. Dedicate a Spot (Crucial for Work from Home)
Not your bed. Not your couch.
Nowhere near your TV.
If you want to make your home a productivity hub to work from during Coronavirus, you need a dedicated spot for work.
It might seem like having the option to work from home gives great flexibility, and it does, but that doesn’t mean that choosing to work from bed is a great option, and if you see YouTubers do it, they aren’t productive.
As everything that happens around us is about patterns and habits.
Our brains note that the bed is a relaxing place just as it notes that the couch is also a relaxing place.
The result? That when you sit at a couch, the likes of Netflix or Disney Plus will be on your mind.
And that’s not what you want.
So the first thing you need to do when working from home is to find a dedicated spot for work.
It doesn’t matter how small or big the spot, but have an exclusive spot for it!!!
2. Turn your TV into a monitor (if you don’t have a monitor)
That TV we told you to be far away from? Actually, turn it into a monitor. Better view, better productivity.
Since most of us (not incuding me) haven’t been working from home previously, we don’t have the right equipment at home.
That means that most of us have no monitor for work.
And this is where your TV can come in.
Your laptop screen is super limited as far as size.
It’s fine to do an hour or two of work on a small screen, but if you are spending hours working, working on a big screen will not only help you work better and faster due to being able to see more at once, but it will also prevent eye fatigue.
3. Mimmick Work Space Environment with Sound (Most Forgotten Work From Home Tip)
Sound is one of the most crucial aspects of work-life, and one that we don’t even recognize until it’s gone.
Why do people love working in cafes so much? It’s not because they can get a coffee there or because there are people, as, after all, a library has people too, it’s because a cafe has sounds.
…The right relaxing sounds that allow us to focus better.
There’s a lot of things you can play during work such as meditation songs, but the majority of people will benefit the most from office space and cafe space sounds.
We’ve compiled some of our favorites cafe, office, and library sounds out there.
One of the things we also mentioned in our 12 essential working from home tips post is that while it’s important to mimic the work environment is that it’s also important to remove the disturbing sound with the help of noise-canceling headphones.
4. Set Up Your Space High Enough
Posture plays a huge role on productivity in a space, and if you want your productivity hub for work from home to actually be a productivity hub, it needs to be set up right.
And by that, we mean at the right angles.
You don’t want your head and neck to be tilting downwards.
That will result in neck pain that will then disturb your focus for days.
That’s why it’s crucial that you set up your space right.
Ideally, your productivity hub be set up in a way that your elbows are bent at 90 degrees when using your keyboard, meanwhile, you should be able to look at your monitor straight up.
…Or maybe watch a video on this 😉
5. Block All The Stuff You Wouldn’t Use At Work
The great thing about being able to work from home is that you have the freedom to do whatever.
And that’s perhaps the biggest curse of being able to do work from home.
Humans are very bad at controlling themselves.
It’s easy not to eat that bar that is sitting near at first, but then when you see it again, and again, as the day goes on, temptation comes in…
That’s exactly what happens when it comes to services like Netflix.
When you work from home and have the option to watch an episode of a series, and to do the work after you watch that one episode, that’s great, except that one episode often turns into an entire season.
And there’s nothing wrong with having a day-off and doing more work on the second day.
…But in reality, what often happens is that you end up then getting stressed out by the extra work you have to do, and either end up not doing any work at all the next day, or very little.
That’s why the best thing you can do for yourself if you want to have a productivity hub during Coronavirus, it’s to make it impossible for yourself to access platforms like Netflix or Reddit.
For that, we recommend Freedom which is an app that blocks both websites and apps on computers and mobile devices, for a set period of time.
6. Use the Right Extensions
When it comes to working from home, it’s not just about your productivity hub, it’s also about what’s on your device as ultimately that’s the heart of your work.
And while at home you might have a boss to keep you in check, at home, you have you, and well, a fridge…
This is where the right extensions come in.
For all the great productivity extensions we recommend you check out our top 14 top critical productivity add-ons post, but here are some of our most used extensions/apps:
- Clockify – Tracking of work is crucial for your productivity. When you are tracking your work and specific projects, you are more likely to keep working on them.
- Text Expander – Saves you time by allowing you to turn code names into whatever you want. With this app, you eliminate writing your most common phrases.
- Grammarly – We all suck at seeing our mistakes, and well, correcting work takes time by itself. Grammarly is an AI extension that does the correction for you, allowing you to send the perfect emails, faster.
- MailTag – MailTag is primarily an email tracker, but also a tool for scheduling, email insights, and sending automatic follow-ups when your emails aren’t opened. With it, you’ll be able to track if you are sending enough emails, when and where they are opened while having insights on what you can do better.
7. Steal Some Equipment
We are going to be realists and assume the worst. That you are not able to go to a shop to buy the right equipment for your productivity hub anymore and that you are stuck working from home with what you have at home.
That’s not a problem.
It’s about making the most out of what you have.
Sure, if you can order the likes of Logitech MX Master mouses, do it. It will save you a ton of time over using a touchpad on your laptop, but any $5 or old mouse you can find right will still take you further than a touchpad.
The same applies to a chair which is possibly the biggest issue as far as equipment goes, right now.
The right chair will allow you to focus much longer as you will be able to sit optimally.
If you can’t get one right now, any chair will do as long as it has high support for the back.
You’ll often see influencers posting pictures of them working on fancy chairs without any back support. Those chairs don’t work.
Experiment with all the chairs at home whether it’s from your kitchen or garden. And if you need to, add some pillows to it.
8. Have a Schedule
The “I’ll watch one episode of x” situation mostly happens because of the lack of this.
And you know, I myself hate having a schedule, but for better or worse, I have one because I know I will be more productive if I set out to work at x and finish at y, and when I can then watch some Netflix, rather than when I have all the options in the world, and it’s overwhelming me.
There’s a lot of great videos on scheduling out there, so just decide what works best for you. No matter how much scientifically proven it is that a certain method works the best, it might not work for you.
Either grab a notepad and write out a schedule or get an app such as Milanote which is great as it gives you the freedom to plan in your own way.
To make your perfect productivity hub to work from home during Coronavirus, you will need to modify.
That’s what’s behind the best work.
Testing and modifying.
See what’s working for you, and modify.
If you decide that this specific cafe music we shared isn’t working for you change it.
That’s 9 Ways To Make Your Home A Productivity Hub To Work From Home During Coronavirus
This “work from home” period can either be very unproductive for you, or it can be a time of great work.
Which it will be, that’s up to you, but if you are here reading this guide, then it seems like you want to get a lot done during this tough time, and that’s why we are set to create content all-around work from home in the next few days.
Have children and are looking for how to deal with them when trying to work from home and when they aren’t in school? That’s also coming!