As convenient as work-from-home may seem, there are problems of distractions and less accountability compared to when you’re working in an office. These issues could consequently make you become less productive.
Here are six ways you can improve your level of productivity while working from home.
Create a to-do list for each day
Creating a to-do list basically helps you stay organised. There’s every possibility that you’ll not get much done if you start your day without a plan.
So before the start of each working day, be sure to make a list of all you need to achieve and set a time limit to get everything done. While working, tick each task off your list as you complete them. The satisfaction from ticking tasks off your list can also give you more motivation to work.
Dress up for work
Thinking of working in loungewear as usual? Think again. Have you ever noticed that you feel more energetic when you’re all dressed up? Well that’s because the mind has a way of conditioning our mood to how we’re dressed. Wearing lounge wear and pajamas may be more comfortable, but they might make you feel sluggish and unmotivated.
Dressing up doesn’t necessarily mean wearing a suit and tie, you simply need to look ready enough to take an impromptu video call with your boss. News flash — taking a bath and brushing your teeth also counts as dressing up. No one is probably going to see how you look but it’s going to help put you in work mode. So get up, dress up, and get to work!
Keep in contact with your team members
Keeping in touch with your colleagues can positively affect your productivity as you’ll be constantly reminded of work. Sharing your work progress and difficulties with your colleagues for feedback will help keep you in the work spirit throughout your working hours. Video calls may not always be comfortable to have with your colleagues but you can always keep in touch via email, texting and messaging apps.
Take small breaks in between work
Researchers have found that workers who take regular breaks in between work are more productive than those who don’t. It might seem like a good idea to work without a break because you’ll get more work done, right? Wrong! When you exert your brain without resting, you tend to get burnt out after a while. Consequently, the quality of your work reduces. The whole point of being productive is to get a lot of ‘quality’ work done after all.
If you have trouble sticking to time limits for your break, here’s a tip: set an alarm for yourself.
Create the perfect home office set up
Again, this is just to help you get into work mode. It might seem like a great idea to work from your bed or couch, but this could easily affect your productivity as your brain associates these places with sleep and relaxation.
In order to be productive while working from home, try to create a space in your home that you’ll use strictly for work. That way, each time you go to your workspace, your brain knows it’s time for work.
Get rid of distractions
Since you’re home, there are bound to be a ton of distractions. You know the things that easily get you distracted and one popular culprit is social media. Except your work involves using social media, put away your phone for the period of time you’ll be working. If you get easily distracted by the scenery outside, choose your workspace away from windows.
5 not-so-obvious signs you’re a horrible boss and employees probably hate you
Recently, a lot of attention has been given to bosses who create a toxic atmosphere at work, but the truth is that many toxic bosses lack self-awareness, and introspection is hard, so let’s help them with some clarity.
Here are five not-so-obvious signs you’re a terrible boss:
1. You say things like “We’re a family” or “We are building something big”
This is often a gaslighting technique used to make people take on things that aren’t really part of their job description, because how else can a boss rationalise forcing all his or her employees to attend their colleague’s naming ceremony or wedding and contribute money towards it? You can’t enforce what people use their private time and money to do.
Another way the “we are a family” phrase leads to toxicity is sending employees on errands that have nothing to do with work, like picking up your laundry.
We are building something big in another phrase toxic bosses say to force you to take pay cuts and work crazy hours. It’s often healthier to differentiate work from family.
2. You have no filter
A quality of a good boss is tact, and a quality of a bad boss is a lack of tact. There are just some things you shouldn’t say, like sexual jokes such as “I bet you had a wild night last weekend” or “When was the last time you had sex?”.
Also, when passing criticism, you shouldn’t cast aspersions on their character or mutter full-blown insults like, “You are dumb” or “fool” “stupid”.
3. You don’t pay salaries on time, but you expect your employees to work
To expect people to put in their best and even come to the office and not pay them when due is akin to emotional torture. If you can’t pay your employees, you probably shouldn’t hire them in the first place.
4. You are always calling for work at odd hours and weekends
If you are sending an urgent email or putting a phone call through by 12 a.m. in the middle of the night, then you are quite toxic. Except that it’s a matter of literal life and death, there is no need to send that mail or put that call through to your employees. The same rule applies on weekends and when they are on vacation.
5. You love long, pointless meetings
Before you schedule a long meeting, ask yourself, “Can this be an email?” If you love to waste everyone’s time in meetings that really don’t add to productivity, then rest assured that your employees or subordinates probably hate you.
Presidential fiscal committee to end obsolete taxes, says Taiwo Oyedele
Taiwo Oyedele, the chairman of the presidential committee on fiscal policy and tax reforms, says they will be revoking some taxes considered to be unduly burdensome.
Oyedele told the national economic council (NEC), chaired by Vice-President Kashim Shettima, on Thursday, that his team will be looking into suboptimal and obsolete taxes that need to be repealed.
He said the committee will also be enacting new harmonised tax laws, as well as provide a list of taxes and levies — that do not exceed a single digit — for all levels of government.
Listing other expectations from the committee, Oyedele said they would also produce a new national policy on tax and fiscal policy for ratification by the federal and state governments after reviewing the 2017 national tax policy.
He said the committee will also be providing a national fiscal risk framework for efficient fiscal governance, fiscal consolidation, and stability.
The fiscal policy expert told NEC that the committee will draft bills for constitutional amendments on fiscal matters to promote fiscal federalism, as well as enhance the revenue administration system to improve revenue mobilisation.
According to Oyedele, part of the committee’s outcomes include ensuring a robust framework for tax revenue accounting and reporting to improve taxpayer trust and establishing of national office of tax ombudsman, fiscal policy, and tax simplification.
He said the team will also mobilise revenue through tax and non-tax, as well as review the quality of government spending.
“The committee will identify relevant measures to make Nigeria an attractive destination for investment and facilitate inclusive Economic growth,” Oyedele said.
He said they are also expected to review and redesign sustainable debt management as part of the fiscal system.
Our three subsidiaries paid N474bn tax to FG, says Dangote
Three subsidiaries of Dangote Group paid a total of N474bn as tax to the Federal Government in three years.
An official of Dangote Group, Hashem Ahmed, disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the 18th Abuja International Trade Fair on Thursday.
Ahmed, who represented the multibillion dollar group, disclosed this while speaking on the theme of the fair titled, ‘Sustainable financing and taxation as drivers of the new economy’.
The trade fair was organised by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in conjunction with other private and public partners.
After conveying the greetings and well wishes of the Group President, Aliko Dangote, Ahmed said, “For us, the theme for this year, which focuses on sustainable financing and taxation, is apt, as it resonates with our modus operandi.
“As you may be aware that apart from being the highest employer of labour in the private sector, the Dangote Group is also the biggest tax payer. In just three years, Dangote subsidiaries paid a staggering N474bn to the Federal Government.
“These are Dangote Sugar, Dangote Cement and Dangote Salt, combined. This corridor of sustained financial support by the Dangote Group is in addition to several empowerment/skill acquisition programmes, Corporate Social Responsibility programmes, sponsorship and philanthropic schemes, running into several billions of naira.”
He said the group was also pleased that the Federal Government was pursuing a tax reform policy that would help expand the tax net and provide necessary financing for the development of the country’s infrastructures.
Also speaking at the event, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Uzoka-Anite, said the government had announced a plan to support small businesses and startups in Nigeria in response to the country’s current economic challenges.
Uzoka-Anite, who was represented by the Director, Commodity and Export, FMITI, Kaura Irimiya, stated, “We intend to spend N75bn by March 2024 to strengthen the manufacturing sector. We also intend to provide small grants to micro businesses in each to the 774 Local Governments of the federation.
“We have also earmarked a fund of N75bn that will be used to support up to 100,000 start-ups and MSMEs at single digital interest rates repayable over 36 months.”
She added that last week, “we launched the National Technology Export programme, in partnership with Microsoft and earlier this year, we launched the over $600m investment in Digital and Creative Enterprises programme, in partnership with African Development Bank and other partners.”
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