Being more efficient at work really comes down to being more efficient with your time, however with schools closed and parents juggling both work and home-schooling, this has become next to impossible!
To help you keep on top of it all, here are a few tips for working mums on how to improve your efficiency…
Spend some time each evening making a plan for the day ahead. This could include a plan of activities to keep your children busy, as well as a plan of your own work tasks. It is a good idea to look at the work ahead of you and prioritise the most important work first. Try to do any difficult tasks when you know your children will be less active. For example, if they are usually quieter first thing in the morning, this could be your ideal opportunity to get some work done.
Make an ‘office space’
It is really important to have a designated workspace where you ‘go to work’. Working from the sofa will not give your children the impression that you have something important to do. In addition, it will not help you to get into the right mind-set for work. Create your own ‘office space’ to help your children understand that you are at work and should not be disturbed. You may also wish to update your home office technology to help you work more efficiently. For example, a faster computer or a Multifunctional Device could help to improve your productivity.
If there are toys and half-eaten biscuits on your desk, it is time to have a tidy! A clean desk area will not only improve your efficiency, but it will also help to clear your mind. Try to give your computer desktop a clear out too. Delete old files or create new folders to help you find your work more easily. Finally, get into a routine of cleaning up at the end of each day. This will help you to get started straight away the next morning.