If you Google Covid-19, the top stories are “working from home” and in fact many companies have adapted this work practice since the virus has been declared as pandemic. A majority of the tech company’s employees were asked to work remotely on alternate days because of a suspected case of Covid-19. Google itself asked its workers to work from home for two days during the week.
Even not all companies practice “working from home” to all employees, many companies provide the options for employees who are not feeling well to just work remotely – in preparation for the spread of coronavirus. If you are asked to work from home, you’ll probably need some guidelines or tips on how to stay productive (besides having a laptop and a good internet connection). So here are 6 tips to get you started:
Tips number 1: Leave your bed
The number one and the most important rule of working from home is to leave your bed. If you decide to stay in bed even after the alarm has gone off, most probably you’ll feel lazy to do anything. Ideally, create a working space in your house as leaving your house to go to any cafe shops is not an ideal option since you need to avoid going outside.
Your working space doesn’t have to imitate the one you have at your real office. Just a basic set-up of a plain table and a chair.
Tips number 2: Move around the house
Working at home may lead you to comfortably stay at one place from 9-5pm. It’s not a good practice to your health and your body posture as well. Mix up your space -from desk to living room to kitchen table. Similar as you walk around the office from meeting one colleague to another to get the task done. Try out different environments at home too. Each space gives you a new perspective and can re-energise you if you’re struggling to stay put to finish a task or feeling demotivated.
Tips number 3: Put some boundaries around work
You need to draw a line under the day so it doesn’t affect your personal life. Working from home doesn’t mean your boss can boss you around to work even after working time. If your company practices 9-5 working hours then it should be the same. Don’t put a desk in your bedroom as you may find it hard to switch off. Home and work can blur together effortlessly so have some rules about when you’ll finish.
If you have a specific working space in a different room, you can leave the room, shut the door when 5PM or 6PM comes. Don’t forget to take a lunch break okay. The only difference is you can cook your lunch rather than eating outside (save more money).
Tips number 4: Switch off distractions
Don’t lie if you say you can focus on your work while watching TV. After a few minutes you’ll end up doing Game of Throne marathon – yes it could happen. The first lesson to keep in mind is to keep the TV switched off.
At home, there’s kitchen, TV other family members, a pet, plants, chores and so on. To get the work done, you need to put all those things out of mind. It’s not that you won’t be able to play with your pet or watering the plants – do it after working hours or during lunch time. If your family members ask you to accompany them to go to the bank or so on, tell them that you’re working and respect your time.
Tips number 5: Have some social interaction
Yes, working from home can be lonely as you are staring at your laptop and no one to talk to. If this makes you demotivated, have some calls with fellow team members or conduct a video call with your team to catch up on the projects you’re working on. Always interact with your colleagues to keep you energetic and maybe you can share some tips on how to work from home among yourselves? Social interaction is important to keep your mind creative.
Tips number 6: Know what can help you to get your work done
If wearing shorts and t-shirt can help you best to get the work done, you are free to do so. If you constantly need a good cup of coffee while working, then make sure you replenish your coffee stock in your pantry. You are in control of the environment when you work from home. You might do your best while listening to your favourite playlist or after a short break of doing workout. It’s important to tune into what you need and then make time for it.
Stay safe everyone!
Make sure to take a good personal hygiene habits including washing your hands thoroughly for a good 20 seconds with soap, wear a mask if you’re not feeling well, always sanitise your hands and avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth with your hand. Stay safe!