Being an IT professional I work from home (WFH) quite often. Therefore, I have set up a home-office to be productive and stay focused.
Amid the spread of Covid-19, it’s realistic to assume that shifting to the ‘home office’ will become the new normal for many of us for a while.
Now, for those who are not used to of WFH, its gona be quite challenging. So based on my personal experience, here are some tips I would like to share.
1. Create a work space…
Although it’s tempting to stay in bed or head to your sofa, those who successfully work from home agree that you’re best off setting up a station. If you don’t have a desk, use your dining room table. Besides making you feel like you’re at an “office,” this helps you maintian good posture, avoid distractions, and leave your work behind at the end of the day.
2.Stick with your routine
Just because you’re not commuting and going into an office doesn’t mean you should skip your weekday morning preparations. Wake up at your normal time, shower, and get dressed in real clothes (not pajamas!). It may sound trivial, but this helps you mentally prepare for the day ahead and get into the “I’m going to work” mindset.
3.Set-up your schedule:
It’s also helpful to keep a set schedule. If you typical work nine-to-five hours, keep doing it at home. It’s easy to lose track of time and if you can’t stick to a typical work-life balance, you may find yourself getting easily burnt out.
This may seem like a convenient time to catch up on chores around the house, but it’s easier than you’d expect to get distracted. There’s nothing wrong with taking a little break, but don’t let chores distract you from being productive. Remember, You wouldn’t be doing them if you were at work
4. Avoid cabin fever…don’t just sit there.
Sitting all day isn’t healthy even if you’re at the office, but working from home means you skip your commute and have fewer reasons to get up from your chair throughout the day. Make sure to stand up regularly to stretch or move around.
If you’ve gained an extra hour or two from not commuting, it’s a good opportunity to exercise, either by working out at home or going for a lunch time walk outside.
5. Discourage personal intrusions.
If you’re a teacher or doctor, friends don’t just stop by the office to chat, hang-out or interrupt your work. But sometimes well-intended friends, family members and neighbors think working at home is different. Interruptions and drop-ins can cause you to lose your focus, procrastinate or get behind on a deadline.
6. Stay connected with your colleagues.
If you work on a team, make sure to check in regularly just like you would in the office. Create to-do lists to keep yourself organized and focused, and share the status of your lists with your manager so they know you’re on top of your work. I use Skype , MS teams , Slack etc to stay connected with my colleagues, Team and manager
7.Keep your attitude in check.
Above all, be creative and don’t let your confined circumstances dwarf your tranquility, happiness or productivity. Your greatest power is your perspective. It can victimize you or empower you. When you look for the upside in a downside situation and figure out what you can control and what you can’t, it’s easier to accept whatever is beyond your control. Your best ally is to find the opportunity in the difficulty during an uncontrollable situation instead of the difficulty in the opportunity.
8.If you have kids, prepare for disruptions.
It’s difficult enough to get work done if you have children at home, but even harder with younger kids like babies and toddlers. Still, it’s not impossible if you have plan ahead and have some flexibility. Try to Mix up your hours If your job allows for it – especially with companies being more lenient around COVID-19 – try to squeeze in work when your baby or toddler is asleep, like early morning, nap times, and at night. It’s not ideal, but you’ll be more productive if you have quiet time to yourself.
Stay Healthy, Stay Safe!