The situation that has arisen due to the corona virus of working from home will be a new experience for many people. But the concept of working from home is very old. It is also called telecommuting, in such situation, an employee works outside the office, often working from home or a location close to home like a coffee shop, could be a library, cyber cafe, or if one wants to take inspiration from nature to boost up the creativity- a bench in the park would be a great place. You can still complete your work while soaking up vitamin D.
Sitting at your favorite place, With no boss and co-workers hanging over your shoulder, getting this sort of work is a dream of any employee. But this comes with many responsibilities.
It can be highly productive and look good until your work is done on time. But the moment you missed your deadlines, it can go badly wrong and you will feel miserable. Without a proper office environment, a strictly prioritized roster, and supervision, it’s all too easy to be distracted end up doing very little or nothing.
In this article, we delve into ways to avoid the pitfalls, conquer distractions, and stay professional and constructive while you’re working from home.
1. Eat the Frog
Not in a literal sense, Eating frog means to complete the task which you do not like the most and is very important to complete it. It has to be first in your to-do-list. Otherwise, the frog will eat you which means you’ll end up postponing it the whole day. Once Mark Twain said “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” Do not wait until the end of the day, you might forget what is important thus add an extra layer of a structure by making a to-do list. Put checks on the outline of accomplished and unaccomplished tasks, that will help you feel organized and stay mentally focused.
2. Turn off distractions
Working from home means you’re not going office, this will make your neighbors and relatives think you’re not working. Since you’re at home, they assume you’re free to help them with their plumbing issues in their house. This can happen at your home as well. Your kids and dog need attention. And it’s painful to say no every time they ask for your time or assistance, so to avoid it, be clear and set the expectations. Do not take your personal calls while working. Create physical boundaries between your workstation and family. Otherwise, you will end up doing household chores and suffering interruptions by kids and relatives. Apart from this the biggest distraction is social media platforms and watching movies online. Turn off the notification and do not get away with it. Otherwise, you will find difficulty to concentrate on your work.
3. Schedule Control
Try to work during normal business hours. It’s important to create a routine and you can stick to a schedule that allows you to be productive. In the absence of your supervisor, you have to become your own, manage your timelines and deadlines. Track your time and activities. Avoid Netflix and playing virtual reality games during your work time. Build rapport and trust by keeping words. Set your working hours by doing that you can ensure that you don’t spend too much (or too little) time working.
4. Set up virtual meetings
You need to be in control of communication, otherwise, it will start controlling you. Build your boss’s trust by communicating with them. There are lots of options like whatsApp, email, video call, text whichever is comfortable. Give feedback and share your bad experience. Clear communication with your boss leads to zero misunderstandings and makes you more effective. Your output needs to be measured in some or another way. Build a relationship with your colleague, Do not take them for granted, there are multiple advantages of getting in touch with them.
5. Choose workplace wisely
Choosing an organized & less distracting space is the first and foremost step in telecommuting. Keep your room and work-space tidy. It will help you boost up your mood. Sort out things like paperwork or empty coffee cups, wipe your table out and clean it properly otherwise, it will spread germs and illness. Stop pilling up files on the desk if you want to save your time of searching the documents you required. Apart from home as your working place, you can choose a co-working space, library or coffee shop, so that you’ll at least feel like you’re still a part of society.
6. Avoid Bad Habit
Getting up late in the morning and working till late at night, at home it is easier to slip into bad habits. Have 6 to 7 hours of sleep. Work is infinite, thus do not forget to take 5 to 10 minutes of healthy breaks apart from setting time aside for having lunch & dinner. Do not lock up yourself in a room, go for a walk-get some fresh air, spare some time for exercise, update your knowledge and read the news. Upgrade yourself by sharpening your skills. Take up online courses, read books that feed your soul.
7. Say a big NO to pajamas
I do not think working in pajamas is the best approach; it will surely affect your mood and productivity negatively. You will start feeling lazy and demotivated. Then it will affect your productivity level, and you made it. The vicious cycle is on!!! When you’re working, act like it. Put on a suit or formal clothes which will get you a work mindset, you can feel more professional. Otherwise, how your brain will switch from home mode to work mode??? You never know, what happens next, you might have a surprise video conference call. Apart from your clothes, you need to pay attention to your posture as well, which is also another factor that affects your productivity.
Though there are challenges, work from home can be rewarding as well. If you follow some basic rules and stay in the discipline, you’ll enjoy your freedom of working in your cozy environment!
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