Working from home can pose some unfamiliar challenges. We have compiled even more top tips for working from home, with contributions from business professionals in multiple industries.
Over-communication. In all senses (and platforms) of the word. Staying connected whilst working remotely is the most important key to success. It is integral not only for the company, but for our own piece of mind. It is vital to keep your team on the same page, as well as motivated. So, I have swapped our weekly meetings for daily digital stand-ups. I encourage the team to call or video conference rather than instant message, different departments to collaborate and to give more updates, share more achievements.
It is easy to forget how much of an impact social interaction has on productivity levels. Without those coffee machine chats or spontaneous team lunches, it can leave you feeling pretty isolated. So, we have created a Slack channel dedicated to bringing home office joy. On it we share links to home workouts, pictures of our ‘home office’ pets and, more recently, we held a funniest WFH photo competition. It is a simple, but extremely effective way to bring the team together during social distancing.
The basic requirement of a conducive home office is to dedicate an area where you can focus. If you can only focus when it's quiet, make sure you have your own room without any distractions. If you prefer having some noise, you can set up a table in your living room. Ensure that your chair is cushioned well and comfortable for sitting for long hours. Restless individuals can consider getting a table with adjustable height settings so you can stand while completing your work if need be.
Other than the basics, the key is to know what works for you. For example, if you thrive when you read motivational quotes, get a cork board and pin post-its with motivational quotes written on them. When you feel tired, just look up and read one to feel recharged.
With many of working from home and practicing social distancing, we'll likely be finding ourselves with more time than we're used to in our homes and otherwise. With the state of things, some of us may also be feeling higher levels of anxiety or loneliness. To counter these feelings, there are a variety of things you can do to stay connected as well as take care of yourself--mentally, physically, and emotionally.
- Get fresh air as much as possible, even if it's just for a walk around the block or sitting on your balcony/backyard if you have one.
- Keep you body active by going outside for a walk, run, or even following a YouTube workout video. Have an indoor cycling bike? Even better.
- Keep a schedule for yourself and keep up with your normal routines. Don't allow yourself to sleep in too much or binge too much as a means of distraction.
- Put upbeat music on and have your own dance party!!
- Break out a sheet of blank paper (or coloring book if you have one) and doodle your heart out.
- Download a meditation app (like Insight Timer or Headspace) and hold space for yourself.
- Create a vision board with old magazines (that once again have a purpose!)
- Declutter/organize your space! Giveaway clothes and throw out unnecessary items.
- Practice a foreign language for 10 minutes a day.
- Read a new book (or a few!)
- Start a giant puzzle.
- Go around your house and order anything that needs replacing/fixing.
- Write out your fears to get them off your chest, read them, and rip
- Light a candle and take a hot bath (bubbles optional!)
- Have a FaceTime sesh with all your family or friends (maybe try Zoom!)
- If you have roommates, have a game night!
- Make a decadent meal for yourself that you never had time to do before..
- Sleep! Catch up on those zzzz's
1. Make a list: The tasks you have to do and the amount of work you have to finish for the given day needs to be put up on your work-pad so that you know your targets; not defining targets for the day can lead you to linger to other areas like surfing a site you don't need to, watching your favorite team play the football match or taking a break chatting with your friends and family.
2. Take time to interact: When you are working from home, you will have no face to face interaction with your boss or colleagues. Make sure you coordinate with other people via phone calls or video calls; also spend some time with family specially during lunch hours or at the end of the day so that you don't feel alienated with the whole work from home experience. Also, if you have young kids then they might not initially understand how work from home works so you will have to sit them down and explain to them that for a few days you will have to be working from home and whenever you are on your work table you will be working and would not like to be disturbed. Hand them their games or toys and you can then do your work from your work table and also keep an eye on what your kids are doing.
1. Stay connected. Have daily phone or video meetings to connect with partners, co-founders or other businesses to stay connected and avoid feelings of loneliness or isolation. Prolonged isolation can significantly impact your productivity and motivation.
2. Track your mental health and regularly check in other remote workers. Working from home can be very isolating, and can take a toll on your mental health. It's important to prioritise your mental health and happiness, as these directly impact your productivity and performance.
3. Minimize distractions. Turn off or put anything away that is likely to distract you from deep work tasks. Staying focused can be really difficult, especially when distractions like Facebook, children or piles of laundry sit around. It's best to remove yourself entirely from anything that will likely distract you. If this means going to work in the basement, then don't hesitate to do it.
Wear formal attire. One of the biggest drawback when working at home is that you’ll feel lazy. Our homes are usually places where we can rest and relax. So its only natural that you feel lazy or laid back at home. Unfortunately, this is bad for remote work since it leads to drastic falls in productivity. This is why a lot of companies don’t like to transition to remote work. However, I have a simple solution for this, and it involves wearing the right clothes.
The clothes make the man/woman. This is certainly true when it comes to working productively at home. Wearing boxers and undershirts makes us comfortable and docile which is why you need to stop wearing those clothes and start wearing a suit/dress. When you wear formal clothing, your body tenses up and acts formally as well. You passively mean business and you want to perform to the best of your ability. This is why you should wear formal attire when working from home as well. You’re not there to relax, you’re there to get things done!
Treat home office as the name says - as office. With 1 little benefit. That means get out of bed on time, shower, have breakfast, do push-ups. Whatever your normal morning routine would entail, do it. Get properly dressed.
When turning on your computer, pretend you're in your office. Don't watch TV or start vacuuming. Stay focused on your task, do your work until you're done.
The 1 little benefit: If you're really efficient and get everything done a little quicker than you would in the office, maybe because of less water cooler chat or less people distracting you, reward yourself and knock off a little early, if you can. After all, it's about getting the job done, and not about sitting x hours in front of a screen.
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