Working From Home – 5 Tips To Stay On Track
Remote working is nothing new. The World had been slowly embracing this concept until it was accelerated by the Coronavirus. South Africa’s 21-day lockdown forced a lot of people to work remotely and while it may be second nature for some, others may find the transition a bit challenging. Not to worry, because we’ve spent hours looking for the best tips to get you to maximum productivity from the comfort of your own home.
1. Follow A Schedule
As the age old saying goes, “time flies when you’re working from home”. A daily schedule has shown to be the most effective mechanism for ensuring productivity from home. Office hours would be a good framework to build your schedule on. If you’re a night-owl and your job is flexible then you could also look at designing a schedule that allows to work during the later hours of the day. The key is to wake up early and hit the ground running at the same time every day.
2. Wear Real Pants
One of the greatest things about working from home is the ability to work an 8-hour shift in your pyjamas. However, this also has the potential to make you feel a bit too comfy, often resulting in lower productivity. The solution? Real Pants. By wearing real pants during your worktime at home, you kind of trick your mind into a serious work-mode attitude, enabling you to seize the day.
3. Get Some Fresh Air
Working from home can be mentally draining. The lack of a divide between work and home may add extra stress and anxiety into your life that you’ve never had to deal with before. This is why it’s important to take regular breaks while also stepping outside for some fresh air. Take a few minutes to just breathe, clearing your head and calming yourself down.
4. Avoid Distractions
The most difficult tip on the list. The easiest way to avoid distractions is to isolate yourself in a place that promotes productivity. If you have kids, talk to them and make them understand that you need to spend certain hours away from them to work. Another good way to avoid distractions is to avoid social media and other apps around you that tend to use up your time.
5. Get The Right Tools
The lack of face-to-face interaction means that you’ll need to find other ways to communicate with your colleagues. Apps like Skype allow you to have virtual face-to-face meetings over a video chat. You’ll also have to find apps to allow you to get your work done. Microsoft Office is the go-to for this, including apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Productivity apps like Trello allow you to keep tabs on your activities by creating useful lists that you can interact with throughout your day.
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