COVID-19 has changed the way we work, live and play. Hybrid working arrangements are now the norm. You may be working remotely from home for part of the work week. Ditching the commute can be liberating for some, but others may struggle with motivation to work from home. If you’re living in room rental in a co-living space, you may find it difficult to concentrate on your work during your work-from-home days. So here are some tips on how to maximise your productivity in the comforts of your rented room on your days out of the office. Read on.
1. Set up dedicated workspace
Set up a dedicated area in a corner of your room where you can work comfortably without distractions. This makeshift office space will help you to focus better. Make sure you have ample space for your laptop, documents and other work essentials. Keep your workspace neat and uncluttered to help you better concentrate on your work. Don’t forget to check out our tips on how to set up a home office in your room rental.
2. Dress for work
Get into the ‘zone’ by dressing up for work as you would on a regular day. This means changing out of your PJs, taking a shower and getting dressed in proper clothes. We suggest something smart casual … ditch the T-shirt and shorts. Comb your hair and even wear make-up if you have to. Following your usual morning routine and being smartly attired will help you have the attitude to tackle your work.
3. Try the Pomodoro technique
If you find yourself constantly distracted, try the Pomodoro technique. This method involves working in sections of 25 minutes before taking a short break. So put on your timer, work intensively for 25 minutes, take a 5 minute break then start all over again. This allows you to break up your work day into small sections and keeps you focused. It helps to plan out what you want to do for your 25-minute working periods. During your breaks, you can grab a coffee, scroll through your social media or simply have a quick shut-eye.
4. Maintain consistent working hours
It helps to maintain working hours that are similar to your regular office hours. This means getting up at around the same time during your remote working days and having a lunch break where you can head out to grab a quick lunch or order a home delivery. The plus point of working from home is that while you can end work at the same time, you won’t have to spend time commuting.
5. Squeeze in some exercise
The time saved from commuting means you can have extra time to squeeze in some exercise. After work, head to your condo’s gym or pool, or go out for a quick jog. Otherwise, you can even do some simple exercises in the comforts of your own room. Take advantage of your work-from-home days to practise healthy living and get fit.