Is your home office feeling a little lacklustre? Are you a work from home novice about to embark on a business trip to Brisbane that requires a chunk of working from home time? Maybe you’re a skilled remote worker simply looking to level up your game.
Whatever the reason, we know that working from home productivity is a big topic. For some, it flows as naturally as freshly brewed coffee. For others, it’s more like the sticky chocolate dregs at the bottom of your cappuccino.
If you’re seeking tips for working from home more effectively, this is the blog for you. Check out our 7 tips to boost your productivity from the cosy comfort of your home space.
1. Create Your Productivity Oasis
A tidy home is a tidy mind, as they say, and the same goes for productivity. Setting up a dedicated workspace that speaks to your specific work-a-holic needs is the first and most important step towards riding that efficiency train. Even when you’re travelling and working from a home-away-from-home like Rambla, environment is everything.
Luckily, our fresh apartments at Rambla @ Perry House are primed and ready for the ultimate work from home experience. Plus, you can personalise it to your heart’s content!
But it’s not only about bringing that much-needed aesthetic to your living space. There are other aspects that go into creating a working from home productivity oasis.
Set Up a Dedicated Workspace
One of the keys to boosting productivity is to create a dedicated workspace. Yes, we know it’s a bit basic, but it’s also a tad underrated.
Designate a specific area in your home (or your serviced apartment when travelling) where you can focus on your work without distractions.
Whether it's a cosy corner in your bedroom or a stylish nook in your living room, make it your productivity oasis. Personalise it with inspiring decor, organise your essentials, and create an environment that sparks creativity.
Dress for Success
Who says you can't dress up when working from home? While it's tempting to stay in your pyjamas all day, dressing for success can have a powerful impact on your mindset.
Put on your favourite outfit that strikes the perfect balance between comfort and professionalism. Dressing up can help you mentally switch into work mode and feel more confident and productive throughout the day.
Plus, if you’re heading out to a conference or client meeting in Brisbane later on, you’re already dressed and ready!
Change Up the Scenery
Sometimes, a change of scenery is all you need to get those creative juices flowing. While working from home offers convenience, it can also feel monotonous.
Take advantage of your flexibility and explore alternative workspaces. Head to a local café or find a spot in your backyard where you can soak up some sunshine and enjoy a refreshing change of environment.
Staying at Perry House for work soon? Check out these top Brisbane cafés to take your working from home productivity to the next level while you stay with us.
2. Establish a Rock-Solid Routine
We’re all creatures of habit, but research suggests that routines actually boost productivity by minimising our mental energy expended on day-to-day tasks and leaving more room for creativity and efficiency
So how do you set a solid routine to get that productivity soaring? Routine can be especially difficult to establish while travelling for work, but these tips for working from home routines can set you up for success.
Set Clear Goals
Start each day with a clear vision of what you want to achieve.
- Set specific, achievable goals that align with your overall objectives.
- Break your tasks into manageable chunks;
- Prioritise your list of tasks;
- Tackle these jobs one by one like a productivity ninja.
This way, you'll stay focused and motivated, celebrating small wins along the way.
Embrace Time Management Techniques
Time management is crucial when working from home. Experiment with different techniques to find what works best for you. Try time-blocking, where you schedule specific blocks of time for different tasks.
The Pomodoro Technique, which involves working for focused intervals followed by short breaks, can also enhance your productivity.
Another effective method is to batch similar tasks together, such as responding to emails or making phone calls. Find the time management technique that clicks with your workflow and watch your routine fall into place.
3. Connect and Collaborate
Working from home doesn't mean you have to be isolated. It's important to stay connected with your colleagues, even if you can't physically be together.
Take advantage of virtual communication tools like video conferencing, instant messaging, and project management platforms.
Schedule regular video calls or virtual coffee breaks to catch up, share ideas, and foster a sense of connection and camaraderie.
Collaboration and social interaction can boost morale and keep you motivated throughout the workday.
Taste the Local Life
When you stay at Rambla @ Perry House, you’ll be instantly welcomed into the buzzing city-fringe community of our Brisbane abode.
As well as our dedicated communal co-working space, you can mingle with the locals at nearby cafés, precincts, and business venues.
Really looking to stretch your social muscles while you’re here? Check out our friends at The Coffee Commune, who offer fabulous workspaces and networking opportunities through their memberships.
4. Nurture That Precious Wellbeing
You can’t care for your work without first caring for yourself…or something to that effect. You get the idea, though.
Your wellbeing is the foundation of your productivity, so it’s crucial to take care of yourself by prioritising self-care activities.
- Practice mindfulness or meditation to calm your mind and reduce stress;
- Engage in regular exercise to keep your body and mind energised;
- Maintain a healthy work-life balance by setting boundaries and establishing dedicated leisure time;
- Get outside and soak up the sun for that essential hit of vitamin D;
- Rest up and remember that a well-rested and balanced mind is a productive mind.
5. Tame Distractions
When working from home, or even a home-away-from-home like Rambla, distractions can be your worst enemy. It's important to create boundaries and minimise interruptions as much as possible.
Silence notifications on your phone and computer, close unnecessary browser tabs, and set clear boundaries with family members or housemates.
If you find it challenging to concentrate, consider using noise-cancelling headphones or playing ambient music to create a focused atmosphere.
By minimising distractions, you can maintain your working from home productivity and stay in the zone.
6. Avoid the Multitasking Trap
A once-lauded superpower, multitasking has undergone a good hard look in the mirror. In other words, gone are the days of being hailed as a ‘skilled multitasker’.
Research now shows that multitasking can actually make us less productive, dividing our attention and making it harder to focus on key jobs.
This also goes for ‘media multitasking’, which means (most unfortunately) that having that YouTube video or favourite playlist on in the background as you execute an important task may be more hindering than you realise.
Instead of juggling multiple tasks simultaneously, focus on one task at a time. Give it your undivided attention and complete it before moving on to the next. This approach allows you to fully engage with the task at hand, produce higher-quality work, and ultimately accomplish more in less time.
7. Celebrate Your Achievements
Okay, this one has to be one of our favourite tips for working from home. Celebrate your achievements by rewarding yourself with mini-breaks when you accomplish significant milestones.
This one’s also particularly easy to do during your stay at Perry House. Surrounded by endless tasty hotspots and buzzing attractions, there are countless ways to treat yo’self when you stay with us for your Brisbane work trip.
Check out our ultimate guide to James Street in Fortitude Valley for a scrumptious list of self-reward ideas to snap up while you’re here.
Unlock Brisbane’s Best Work From Home Space
As you may have cottoned onto, our new serviced apartments in the heart of Brisbane are perfect for igniting productivity.
From our digital check-in and central location to our carefully-designed apartment options and host of on-site amenities, you’ll find everything you need to sink your teeth into the most productive work trip ever.
Book direct with Rambla to save 5-10% off your stay and snag a cheeky 10% off food and drinks at The Coffee Commune. Oh, and did we mention we’ll throw in a free coffee and free parking with your stay?
Productivity is served at Rambla. See you soon!