5 Tips you can follow while doing Work Form Home
Did you ever imagine that you will be working full time from home in the year 2020 for a longer duration? But it has become possible due to the havoc caused by Coronavirus all over the world. Since the virus spreads via human contact, companies all over the world have instructed their employees to work from home wherever it is possible, with their safety and health in mind.
So, if you are one among those who are working from home, how is it going for you till now? It must be quite difficult to do so without all your office colleagues and with all home distractions around (e.g. kids). Here are a few pointers with the help of which your work from home will certainly become better than before:
Finalize a perfect place to work
Do you have a separate room in the house apart from the living room, kitchen, and bedroom? If yes, then that one will be a good place to work. In any case, select to work in a room that has a door, so you can close it when required. It is good to mimic the workplace by sitting on a chair and keeping your laptop and/or other work material on the table.
Avoid sitting on your bed to work or else your work quality may diminish and you may never know when you will fall asleep. For freshness, you may temporarily change your workplace for an hour or so.
Set rules for communication
Together with your team, finalize the best way to stay in regular contact and other communication options in case one is not working. Emails, WhatsApp, Zoom calls, Skype, Slack, or other internal professional chat apps, you have many options to determine what to share where and with whom to talk when.
You all can make different groups comprising of only your team, your department, the whole company, etc. to communicate efficiently. While communicating, ensure others have fully understood your messages and vice-versa; for that to happen, build a great rapport. Casually chatting with your colleagues is fine until it doesn’t interfere in your work, it is good to build or mimic office culture in your mind and go in that zone.
Make a daily timetable
One good thing about work from home is that your travel time is saved and you no longer have to be ready at a particular time. But you still have to work! So, write down a detailed plan of all your activities right from waking up in the morning till going to sleep at night.
Build your timetable for the rest of the day after knowing the timing you will be working for your company. You ought to show good discipline and control over yourself to avoid getting lazy and distracted.
Plan to avoid distractions
Speaking of distractions, sometimes you can be the reason while sometimes others. The latter is especially difficult when you got kids or pets at home. Plan activities for the kids like watching movies or cartoons, playing offline or mobile games when you need absolute focus on your work. Bring them books to read, draw, or paint and keep them occupied in their own world when you are at work.
Similarly, for pets, take them for a walk before or after office work, provide them their favorite food to eat during your DND period. Do not receive casual calls of near & dear ones during work time, if you need to cook during work time, minimize it, or eat something readymade. There is a solution to every problem.
About Breaks & Health
Caring for your health is extremely important in these pandemic times of Coronavirus. It is not advisable to be in one place and position for a long time. Take short breaks at regular intervals, move around the house to loosen your limbs.
Do exercises or yoga in the morning to boost your immunity, do some meditation as it will help you to stay calm and don’t stress out regarding the whole coronavirus situation. Man is a social animal by default, so if you want to feel belongingness with others, start casual group video calls with your friends, relatives, even office colleagues and talk to your heart’s content on all the topics in the world, ask about their wellbeing, or plot plans of a get-together once this coronavirus vanishes.
This is a new situation for all of us and only we can manage it with the help and tips of each other. We have no other option than to practice social distancing and keep on working from home until we find a cure or vaccine for Coronavirus and bring it under control. After all, working from home also has its positives, we can enjoy those till then.