Many organizations have asked employees to work remotely during the pandemic. If you’re like me, new to the concept of working from home, the following tips could be of interest. I’ve been following these steps to keep myself motivated and positive, and it’s been really helpful.
1. Prepare a morning routine
As difficult as it may sound it’s really not. It could start from the simplest thing like making your bed, doing some exercise/going for a jog, this can really help you to freshen up and start preparing a To-Do list. This To-Do list will consist of the most important work you have to take care of during the mornings, as it is could be the time to do your most serious work. Set a work schedule for yourself and stick to it, try waking up at the same time every day, and treat weekdays just as you did before.
2. Keep a dedicated space only for work
I agree. It is not possible for everyone to have a separate place to work, you have to make sure you have the right equipment at home so that you can be efficient and productive. Simple things like having a high-speed Internet connection for smooth video conferencing, a desk, a perfect chair, stationery, and a desk lamp also finding a spot with good lighting or a corner away from the couch/bed is always a good idea.
It will help you stay focused and there won’t be unnecessary distractions. Make your workspace as comfortable as possible, whether that includes a scented candle, soothing music, family photos, or a potted plant.
3. Breaks are important!
As a teleworker, you might find it easy to work long hours without taking a break. I find myself doing the same but it is very important to get up, stretch and walk around for a bit and then return to your desk. I usually pair my mid breaks with snacking on any kind of fruit or a smoothie which I usually make during my break. It gives me that extra bit of energy so that I don’t feel lazy. Two 15-minute breaks usually work for me but you can decide what works best for you.
4. Collaborate and communicate
It gets difficult to see and talk to people because you are not in the office where communication is more critical when working remotely. Communicate frequently with your boss and know what’s expected of you.
Make sure you are having interactions with your colleagues frequently, share your ideas, or even just ask them how was their day. When you’re working remotely, it’s important to establish boundaries. It’s really important to be clear and proactive about communicating what you will do and when you will do it. Video conferencing while working from home helps fight isolation while enhancing team unity and productivity.
5. End Your Day With a Routine
Just as you should start your day with a routine, create a habit that signals that it is the end of your workday. It might be an evening walk, a 6 p.m. yoga class, or choose an activity that is enjoyable and doesn’t require personal interaction. Something as simple as shutting down your computer and turning on a favorite podcast will do. Whatever you choose, do it consistently to mark the end of working hours.