Tips to Help You Work Better from Home #WFH
Like most people in the world in non-essential services, you’ve probably (and hopefully) transitioned to working from home. The Covid-19 global pandemic has changed the way we work, leaving all of us scrambling to adjust. Whether your country is entirely lockdown or not, the truth is, our lives have changed forever, and more of us will be working from home now. I’ve had to work from home in the last few weeks, and I’ve learned a few valuable lessons. While these may not apply to everyone, they’ve worked for me most of the time.
- Have a designated workspace: If you don’t already, now is the perfect time to invest in a workspace. A workspace (complete with desk and chair) helps you create a work ambience and increases your productivity. Since you’ll probably be sitting at a desk all day, it’s essential to look for furniture that is kind to your back and shoulders and is height adjustable. Read product reviews across several websites before making a decision.
- Have a To-Do List: If working from home is new to you, you’re probably finding it hard to figure out. Having a to-do-list gives you a sense of purpose and puts things in perspective. It also helps you to get back on track once you get distracted.
- Get Dressed: I’ve found that taking a bath and getting dressed daily puts me in a “ready to conquer the world” frame of mind. By getting dressed up, I don’t necessarily mean wearing work clothes and makeup. Taking a bath and wearing clean clothes before settling into work gives me a proper headstart to my day and makes me feel like I’m going to work. You should try this too.
- Have Definite Hours: When you work from home, there’s a tendency to want to do some home tasks and chores because you’re still at home. DON’T. Doing some of your home tasks means that you’re cutting into work time. To meet up, you may have to work outside of work hours. If this goes on, you’ll soon find that you’re exhausted from always working. Not having definite hours also blurs the lines between personal and work that’s a recipe for burnout.
- Take time off: If you’re trying to be disciplined and build some structure for yourself while working from home, you may get so carried away and forget to take breaks. Be sure to take a walk, grab lunch or take a power nap while you’re at work. Breaks are a healthy and necessary distraction from work, especially if you’re in a stationary position or have been looking at your screen all day.
- Stay Connected: Working from home can be isolating, especially if you’re new to it. Don’t forget to check-in and connect with your colleagues. Hangout Calls, Zoom, Skype and BlueJeans are some of the apps that you can use to stay in touch with your colleagues. You can try video once in a while for a feel of face to face communication.
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