As thousands of companies big and small around the world have rolled out work from home policies for every employee in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, below are some helpful tips to make the most out of this newfound freedom in the right way.
Maintain a Routine and Stick to it
Working remotely doesn’t mean you’d wake up late and carry that laid-back attitude through the day. Remember you are not on vacation. It is work from home, meaning you should continue the same routine as you do in normal days. If you start your day with exercise, just do it. Get a shower, and do your breakfast before heading to your computer table. Just mimic your regular routine. Also, be sure your workspace is secluded from other rooms so you can focus more and divert less.
Treat it like a real job
Most of us do not have a bespoke, well-designed office space at home, and it’s justifiably so. However, you can always try to create one. Get rid of distractions like sofa, nightstand, and bed. Get an upright chair like the one you have at your office, and place a table that supports your computer or other devices well. Maintain distance from family members and set some real boundaries. Close the door if possible, and act like you don’t even exist for 7-8 hours.
We know how corona pandemic is hitting us hard psychologically. From negative headlines to rising death tolls, there’s stress and difficulty everywhere. Amid such scenario, it is very important to keep our spirits high. Just talk to your colleagues, managers, and team mates (on call, of course). Help them avoid feelings of isolation, provide clear communication, and keep their morale high as much as possible.
Update your to do list
When you work from home, you don’t have a manager or a boss keeping a constant eye on you. Therefore, it’s a bit challenging to keep a tab on your productivity, which ultimately forces you to lose sight of priorities and miss deadlines.
Kick-start your day with a to-do list. Update all your priorities and work accordingly. And, when you make the list, stick to it. It’s tempting to have a little chat with family members, and get involved in endless discussions. Set clear goals and achieve them before the deadline.
Eat healthy meals and snacks
With corona spreading its claws all over the world, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet to boost your immune system and overall health. Start your day with a healthy meal, which can help you stay active and productive. Avoid overeating as work from home gives us an access to the kitchen very easily, it might make you feel sleepy. Eat fruits and vegetables or nutritional snacks to stay on top of energy bar through the day.
Take short breaks
Work from home doesn’t mean non-stop work. It’s okay to take short breaks and relax yourself. You can take a short walk or even stretch to improve your body posture and make it available to work more. Breaks are preferred as they not only improves productivity levels, but also boost your creativity.
Stay away from social media
Social media can be a real productivity killer, if you aren’t careful. Work from home keep us away from surveillance, meaning more freedom and casualty. You should minimize the use of social media platforms if you want to stay productive while working from home. If possible get familiar with your company’s social media usage guidelines. They might want you to be more active in professional platforms like LinkedIn. So, choose wisely.
Use Video or Audio Chats
Video or audio chats can go a long way in saving your precious work hours while communicating tasks or deliverables within your team. There are so many video chat applications available today, such as, Skype, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Facetime, etc., which can help you explain a lot of things to your colleagues or executives.
A video conferencing can also increase the morale of your co-workers, especially at the time of quarantine, social isolation and distancing.
Notify about your WFH availability
This is probably the most important thing you should do before starting your work. Notify your colleagues and co-workers about your availability, and provide them ways to get in touch with you. Communicate the date and working hours for your work from home, and how others can connect with you. Use an app or any other platform to create a group where you can mark your presence and collaborate with others.
Be honest and diligent
You might have company’s laptop, mobiles, or tabs, make sure you practice vigilance while using them. Always remember they are not your property. Be aware of your company’s IT network policies, use trusted sources to avoid getting your website hacked or security threats. Know how to get IT assistance in case required. Avoid disclosing private information to others, and keep your equipment secure.
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