For the last five years, remote working has increasingly become a subject of contention within many companies. Long daily commutes and the employees’ desire to have a better work & life balance steered most companies to already put a work from home policy in place.
And now, with the Covid crisis, many of us are compelled to work from home (for over 5-6 months) in many countries all over the world and in a completely unexpected way.
Here are some functional tips to succeed at working from home:
1) Prepare as if you were physically going to office:
Try to stick to some semblance of your original pre-pandemic routine or the one before you started working from home:
Set your alarm, make coffee, and put on standard clothing (not pajamas).
2) Choose a dedicated workspace:
Rather than cooping yourself up in your room or on the couch – spaces associated with leisure time – dedicate a specific room or corner for work and use a good chair.
3) Prepare a daily To-Do List:
Structure your day, for yourself and your team. At the end of each day, write your To-Do List and goals for the next day to not waste time in the morning.
That will help you minimize your distractions and maximize your most productive hours.
4) Take clear breaks:
It can be so easy to get distracted as a telecommuter that you avoid breaks altogether.
Don’t let the guilt of working from home prevent you from taking five minutes to relax. You will be more focused after and avoid burnout.
5) Stay in contact with your colleagues and team:
Schedule call and video meeting regularly to check if all is OK or if they need assistance…
That is a very important point especially for long periods of remote working like the one we are facing right now.
6) Get organized:
Maintaining balance between professional and private life is one of the most difficult aspects of working fom home, because the work is always right there staring you in the face. It is so easy to just write one more email or do one more phone call. Be careful to respect your time off.
7) Get some exercise inside if you can’t go outside:
When possible try to feed a little movement into your daily routine.
To fight the weeklong inactivity & to eliminate all the accumulated stress, it is so important to practice some sports or simple exercises at home. Sports will allow you to relax and also keep you in shape for the ongoing remote working period, and also for the better times ahead. 😊
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