Follow your morning routine
Wandering into the kitchen in your boxers and t-shirt, grabbing a cup of coffee and heading straight to the computer. You can shower later, right? – Don’t do it that way!
You’re going to get distracted, you’ll lose track of time and be in a panic when you suddenly have to get ready for a video call.
Force yourself to get up and get ready for a regular work day, every day.
Stay in flow
Are you an owl or a lark? Find out when your concentrated phases are and place your work in this time frame. Make sure that you are not disturbed during your peak phases.
It’s actually quite easy to explain this to partners, flatmates or friends – but not so easy for children to understand. A traffic light system at the door could help you with this: Red: “Stop! Do not disturb!”. Yellow stands for: “I am working, but I have time for short questions.” And green is for: “I’m taking a break. We can play something for a short while.”
When it’s time to take a break, most of us click on LinkedIn, Facebook etc. for a while – step away from the screen! You will be looking at it all day.
A more productive way to recharge your batteries is, for example, to do some cooking, go for a walk, play sports or just draw with the kids.
Another simple trick is to reduce eye strain by following the 20-20-20 rule. Stop looking at your screen every twenty minutes. Stare at something 20 metres away and hold it firmly in view for 20 seconds. Your eyes will thank you for it.
Set up for productivity
We need our own room, an ergonomic chair and plenty of daylight to be able to work productively.
But actually the main thing is that the room is clean!
Lukewarm and half-full coffee cups, 100 Post-Its on the screen or the crumbly breakfast plate on the table will greatly affect your productivity, not to mention your concentration.
Only if your place to work also gives you room to think can you tackle your work from home with a concentrated mindset.
Work with Jira
In the home office, the fixed structures familiar from the office are often omitted, and direct communication with the team is also partially eliminated. Make a list of the tasks you want to do every day and then carry them out. Make sure that everything you need for your work is available and that your colleagues are informed. Your team may be working in different places, but they are still working together.
Delete completed tasks from the list. This way you and your team can see what you have already achieved.
Simply put: complete your Jira tasks and use Confluence to share your know-how!