How to Increase Your Productivity While Working at Home?

The main point of productivity is having a more rewarding life. The more efficient you are at doing work from home, the more time you will have for your personal life. Thus, you should be aware where your hours are more valuable and, by following the main rules, you can have enough time for what you wish.

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1. Avoid criticising at all costs.

It is important to manage and build relationships with your coworkers. The best way is to build trust. Then you can delegate your low priority goals and spend the most time on your top objectives. Also, when delegating tasks and projects to your subordinates, set goals broadly so they could decide how to best meet them. It is critical to discuss progress on those goals as you go. Whenever possible, avoid criticising your employees unless mistakes are repeated or ethically concerning.

2. Know what results you are trying to achieve. 

You should determine what your final outcomes should be, and it can help you lay out a more efficient plan on how to get there, which frees up time.

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3. Do not fill up every hour of your daily schedule

Create and keep a careful daily calendar with notes reminding you about the appointments and meetings. Also, remember to write a purpose of it, it will keep you from straying off- topic. By not filling each hour in daily schedule, you will have time to react to anything unexpected that might come up. Organise yourself for the following day each evening by reviewing your schedule and mentally preparing for upcoming tasks.

4. Rank your priorities and allocate time properly.

Surely, there is a difference between tasks which have high priority and those which are low priority. Write down all the things you plan to do, and organise them by weekly targets and long- term career goals. Then rank each task by relative importance. In the most productive scenario, you should be spending more time on the higher- ranked ones and less time on the lower- ranked ones.

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5. Meetings should be left for introductions and conversations.

Meetings can take up about 35% of the workday for middle managers, and up to 60% for top executives. Try to limit the meetings to introductions to new clients and coworkers, or to having serious discussions that cannot be done by email or over the phone. When working from home anything else can be done effectively with email, document sharing, video conference, and other luxuries that technology can afford.

6. Learn how to run a meeting effectively.

When nothing gets accomplished in an office meeting, it is because it's not being conducted in a manner that leads to progress.The meeting leader should write a clear agenda and send it out at least a day in advance for those attending the meeting to review. At the meeting, the introduction should be short so that the most time can be allocated to serious discussion. Finally, the meeting should close with all attendees having a clear idea of what they need to do when they leave.

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7. The key to great public speaking is preparation and audience awareness.

Don't waste your precious time sweating a presentation. The key to effective speaking is preparation. Preparation is divided to three main events: know you audience, why they attend and what they care about, structure your speech and make sure it is clear, and finally, rehearse the speech, it will make you to feel comfortable and appear confident when it is the time.

8. Set more deadlines.

If the boss gives employees two weeks to complete the assignment, procrastinators end up landing themselves in hot water by waiting until the last minute to get it done. So, it could be suggested that project should be more detailed with more deadlines. And just to make sure you don't ignore your self- imposed deadlines, tell your coworkers, or even your boss, about them. Having someone to hold you accountable to your own deadlines makes you more likely to stick to them.

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9. Avoid specialisation and long- term planning when planning your career.

Mainly you just have to list the jobs that appeal to you, ask yourself what skills you can offer and see if it matches with any of the jobs you listed. research the jobs and find out the demand for that profession. Avoid specialisation and always look to maximise the number of options you have in taking next steps. Revise your goals annually, so you know when it is time to move forward. 

10. Productivity is not always about work.

Everyone should always make personal time for themselves, including getting a good night's sleep on a regular basis, exercising, and spending time with friends and family. It will surely clear your mind and enable you to focus better when it comes time to completing work- related tasks, because you will not be as distracted by personal goals and objectives.