Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to Work From Home (WFH): Remote working has been established as a successful business model but it took a virus for India to realize that.
The remote work culture is here! As the world struggles to free itself from the grip of coronavirus, people are working remotely whenever and wherever possible. The outbreak of COVID-19 has, however, made remote working a necessity overnight.
In an attempt to maintain social distancing and reduce the spread of COVID-19, companies have mandated their staff to work from home/remotely until the chain of virus breaks.
Now, you have got the freedom to experiment, you are in charge of how you make your day: monitor your energy levels, indulge in binge eating, or gossip while you work. But, with this freedom, comes great responsibility. You can do whatever you want as per your ease but you have to manage it effectively.
Remote working may seem like a bed of roses at first but carries its own unique challenges. It’s a double-edged sword as it gets hard sometimes to focus on working. In layman terms, staying productive and focused at home takes a little extra effort.
In this blog, we have put together a couple of tips to help you stay organized, efficient, inspired and focused while working at the comfort of your home.
So, sit straight and let’s zoom in!
Tips on remote working
Remote working can be made easy if you imply a certain set of rules. Listed below are some of the important tips, tried and tested by the top remote working company, to make your work from home smoother and easier.
Create a working environment
The key here is to set up that vibe to focus on your work. You should feel motivated by your environment and not get swayed by the distractions.
We understand our couch or bed is inviting but these chill-out areas make you a couch potato and put your brain in the lazy mode. Ideally, don’t work where you sleep. Create a designated space where you can concentrate, stay focused and keep you in a productive state.
The place should have a feeling of ‘ready to work’ and should spark those ideas in your mind. Also, make sure you are away from distractions (Television, Netflix, DMs, etc. etc). At the time of video or voice calls, make sure the background is free of disturbance.
Stick to a schedule. Don’t procrastinate!
When working from home, you NEED TO STICK to a routine, plan and timeline of your project.
It’s important to: figure out a routine and plan out a schedule. Doing this will help you segregate your professional and personal works. Without one, it will be difficult to stay productive and organized. Stick to this list:
- Wake up at the same time as you would for your office. This will get you ready for the day.
- Get dressed – not fancy or anything but something that helps you get into that work mode.
- Keep your morning routine as usual – exercise, breakfast, reading the newspaper or whatever you usually do before you head to work.
The routine will help you to focus better, be more productive and keep the laziness at bay.
Moreover, you cannot work constantly. It will only drain you mentally. Here are a few things that you can do to keep yourself as fresh as a daisy:
- Take a short walk (on the terrace, lawn or open space in your house).
- Stretch out and do some breathing exercise
- Play with your pet.
- Tea/coffee break.
- Close your eyes for a few minutes to relax out.
Alternatively, you can also start early and finish early. This will save you additional time to focus on the things you love. Besides, finding your power hours (when your mind is more concentrated) will help you complete your tasks faster than usual.
Moreover, jot down your to-don’t list as well which should include:
- Don’t get distracted by people or modes of entertainment around you.
- Don’t open Netflix or Amazon Prime.
- Don’t sleep off.
- Don’t work from bed.
- Don’t indulge in unnecessary tasks to avoid your main task.
Set limits when it comes to log off
Work from home doesn’t mean your working hours will be automatically longer. Knowing when to shut down the system is the most challenging yet really important aspect while you are working remotely. It is easier to lose track of time when you are working in the comfort of your home. You receive calls and emails at any hours but remember that your overall productivity might be hampered if you are working till late in the evenings or nights.
Working from home doesn’t mean you are available 24*7. However, if you’re constantly working late to finish your tasks (even if they are on priority), then there are chances that you are unable to set your time table and be a procrastinator. It is necessary to optimize your daily plans to make the best out of your WFH.
Having streamlined communication with your teammates makes your work more organized. When you’re working remotely, it is important to talk and communicate everything to avoid any miscommunication or misunderstandings. The communication includes but is not limited to:
- Timely work update
- Your working hours or the hours you’ll be available.
- Time-zones (If your team is in a different time-zone).
- Keeping each other informed of what you are working on and what should be expected.
- In case of any doubt or questions, don’t be afraid of making calls and clearing it out.
You can also take some time out for weekly 1:1 meetings using video calls just to catch up on what’s happening and ensure everyone is on the same page.
Slack, Skype, Hangouts and Loom are just some of the tools that give you the luxury of staying connected with your team even if you are countries apart – so use them!
Note: Don’t over-communicate or indulge in gossip by feigning it to be an important task. Yes, a healthy discussion is a part of a team working but that shouldn’t hamper the output and not work as a tool against others who don’t feel the need to do so.
Indulge in self-care
Last but not least, it’s necessary to look after yourself when you work remotely i.e. maintaining energy levels by means whichever suits you. Working in solitude for a longer period can exhaust out a person. Hence, it is important to take in the given measures:
- Get some exercise: Regular physical activity will keep you hale and hearty. Don’t forget to get up in the middle of work to do some stretches and breathing exercises.
- Midday nap: It might be difficult with all those constant calls or messages but it can be really beneficial to keep your productivity and energy levels intact. A quick, half an hour nap will do no harm. Cover up the time in the evening.
- Go outside: Be sure of taking your daily dose of Vitamin D and fresh air. It will relax you out, clear your head and motivate you. Staying stuck in front of a screen all day can deteriorate your productivity.
To Wrap Up
Believe it or not but isolation can quickly become a downer especially those who are used to socializing a lot at work. Embrace the perks of working remotely by following these proven tips. They are sure to make remote working a little more awesome.
Besides, don’t forget to take your meals on time, drink enough water and stretch often.
Are there any other determined remote productivity tips you follow ardently? Tell us in the comment section.