Simple tips on how to work from home effectively, when you are not used to this ‘mode’ of work.
The Corona Virus (Covid-19) is changing the work landscape and life as we have known it! More and more of us are being told to work from home and this change could prove to be challenging. Sure, at first, we think YAY! We can get up later, work in our pyjamas and even from our beds – WOW……. good times! You get a few days in, however, you realise that working from home, can actually make you ineffective, unproductive and unmotivated and falling behind on the work you need to complete.
Here are a few tips to help you become even more productive, effective and motivated, than you were in your office environment and a few ideas to keep your head straight, fending off depression and anxiety (too often caused by social isolation).
- Have a little more of a ‘sleep In’ than you would have had when travelling to the office but still set a start time for work as if you were in a office. Set your alarm, get up and have breakfast / coffee/ tea etc and follow your morning routine and then get started at your planned start time. Non-negotiable.
- Ensure that you have a dedicated workspace, set up with everything you need. A place you can go to and leave when you are done and have breaks from during the day to keep you focused and engaged.
- DO NOT stay in your pyjamas, keep clean, groomed and dressed (especially during this pandemic as cleanliness will go a long way to keeping you safe during this time). You will feel empowered and more engaged, thereby putting your best foot forward during your working day. Also, it will allow for you to be WhatsApp video chat, Zoom and Skype ready, when keeping in touch with colleagues, clients, friends and family.
- DO NOT play games, watch TV, engage in online shopping, Surf the internet (unless this is part of your job), engage in Facebook and other social media sources (again, unless this is part of your job) while working. This just leads to distraction and long absences away from your ‘to do’ list and your ‘plan’ for the day.
- Keep checking your plan and list and adjust accordingly ticking things you have achieved off the list and perhaps use an app like Bitrix24, where you can manage the team you work with, manage projects involved in as well as managing clients. Everyone can update their work contribution during the day in real time and everyone will be on the same page. Technology / Apps available are amazing and so advanced nowadays, satellite work should be a breeze. Use them to keep on track and still functioning as part of a collective.
- Clock off at 6pm latest (and I feel like a hypocrite advising on this, as I am guilty of working into the evening!) close your study door, speak to your family, play with your kids, go for a walk, cycle, run or take your pet for a walk, unwind and have dinner and relax. This is when you can read, watch TV, surf social media and the web, download and play games.
- To prevent anxiety, depression (or murdering your spouse and/or children), during this time of social isolation, make sure you sleep well, exercise, eat nutritious and nourishing foods and use the wonderful world of technology to keep in touch with friends, family and loved ones. With this virus spreading like it is, we may be indoors more and more over the coming weeks, if not months and you need to be creative in keeping in touch and maintaining that human contact. Try and give yourselves at least two hours a day – one for exercise / staying healthy and the other for making human contact.
We are all in this together, stay safe, be healthy and clean, be productive and keep making those connections. Hope you find some or all of these tips helpful.