Maximising Productivity When Working Flexibly

Today’s blog is a guest blog from Office Genie on how to stay focused when working flexibly.

Whether it’s working from home or scheduling your own hours, working flexibly has many upsides. With all its benefits, there’s always the lingering concern that flexible working could adversely impact productivity. Perhaps a momentary interruption could distract, but there are ways to combat this and keep your performance on track. Feria Kazemi of Office Genie explores some of the best tips to help you maximize productivity while working flexibly.

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So what should you do when working flexibly?

Set a work schedule and commit to it

Work is a commitment, consider setting a schedule and stick to it. Having a routine can help you stay on track and on task, maximizing your performance.

Use a diary and make a task list

Use a diary to schedule meetings, appointments and block out time slots in your day to maximize productivity. Creating a task list will also keep you on track with the things you want to accomplish for the day.

Dress the part

If you were headed into the office, you would dress the part, no? So get dressed, no matter where you are working from. Think of it as the first task you accomplish for the day. Completing your first task will not only leave you feeling accomplished, but it will get you geared up and ready to tackle the rest of the day.

Embrace the change of scenery

The best part of working flexibly is the ability to change your environment. Sensory change and variability can help to stimulate creativity. So, if you’ve hit a roadblock and are in need of a midday change in location to get the creative juices flowing, working flexibly lets you do that—take it and embrace it!

Address your distractions

In any work environment, distractions are unavoidable, but it’s how they’re addressed when working flexibly that makes a difference in your productivity. If you’re working from home, get your family on board so they know when you’re not to be disturbed.

Identify your workspace

When you’re working flexibly your workspace may not be clearly defined. It’s tempting to assume you’ll get your work done wherever you can, but in reality this may not be the case. Identifying your workspace (be it the kitchen table, a café, or wherever works for you) will mentally prep you to get work done in this space. Choose a space that is comfortable, but not cosy, and has access to everything you need.

Communicate with your colleagues

Communicating with others creates engagement and builds relationships with higher levels of trust. Consistent communication with your team at the office, your clients or other stakeholders will help with accountability, while keeping you aware of new developments and expectations for projects. It’s also a great way to check in and make sure you’re on track with your goals.

‘Clock out’ at the end of the day

Working flexibly can make it hard to ‘leave’ work at the end of the day, but it’s vital to clock out. Shutting off at the end of the day helps avoid burnout, allowing you to physically and mentally re-energize yourself for the next day.

AUTHOR BIO

Feria Kazemi writes for the desk and office space marketplace OfficeGenie.co.uk on workplace topics such as productivity and employee engagement.

 

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