In the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic, most companies have implemented a work-from-home system. This only means one thing -most of us will be working from home full time, which in itself, is a challenge.
You may have already worked from home before but working during the time of Coronavirus is different. It’s like working in a new world for an extended period of time. It may be easier said than done but working from home full time is no easy feat.
Follow these work-from-home tips to be more productive and get more work done.
1. Dress for success
Before signing in for work, it is important to maintain your daily routine when you used to go to work. That is to get yourself ready and dress up. It may be tempting to stay in your pajamas the whole day but you will feel less productive in this state.
Start your day right. Dress up like you used to (but a more casual one will work for now), and show up for work. Changing your clothes can be a signal to your brain to wake up and get things done. It makes you feel energized and confident. It is especially important to boost your morale during depressing times like these when you feel you are out of touch with the real world.
Who knows? This might also save you from emergency video meetings.
2. Set-up a clean workspace or home office
Try to keep your living area, the place where you usually do household stuff like lounging, cooking, etc., to your work area in your home. It’s one of the challenges of working from home. You have to draw the line. Or else, if that thin line goes blurry, you might not be able to keep up with your work tasks and end up doing household stuff.
Same goes to say that if you take your work at home and never disconnect from it, your productivity and home life will suffer.
Recreate your office space with a designated physical workspace at home. If not a separate room, you can simply set-up a table facing the window or a wall for you to focus. Your workspace should feel as separate from the rest of your home as possible.
Make sure you clean and disinfect your office area and get a comfortable chair you can sit in for 8 hours or less. A good or natural lighting also goes a long way, which recreates that feeling of being outdoors.
Your workspace should kickstart your working mode and help you get in the mood and engaged all throughout your workday.
3. Define a Work Routine
Your work routine is just as important as your working space. It shouldn’t be cluttered and try to stick to a plan. Time management is still essential as when you’re working from home, you will most often find yourself without direct supervision from your manager.
Being on the same schedule as your colleagues on a collaborative project will help. Set up a calendar that ticks an alarm when you’re about to wrap up or start a new task. Remember that you still have to treat yourself like an employee. And that you are being paid this time to work.
Do not extend hours as much as you can as this also helps you have a fresh mind for work the next day. If you live with roommates or with your family, make sure you communicate with them and let them know your working hours so they won’t be able to disturb you.
4. Avoid Distractions
This is one of the biggest challenges when it comes to working from home. You will be easily distracted with almost everything – social media, news, etc. You need to be aware of how much you let distraction take you away from work.
News is the biggest distraction nowadays. We are all looking forward to seeing new updates on Coronavirus, how many people are infected daily and how many people have died. Try work breaks every now and then and use that time to browse the news. Set an alarm if you need to go to work and stay away from your phone or close other unrelated browsers in your computer.
5. Communicate with your colleagues
Come up with a plan to report regularly or communicate with your colleagues. Now that you are working remotely, it might be hard to get a hold of your colleagues. You need to be in constant communication with them and collaborate effectively all throughout the day.
Reach out to other people and avoid emailing, stick to chat or messaging for real-time updates and reporting. Video chat is also a common thing now between people who work from home. Do not fall into the trap of miscommunication while in isolation.