As teams have shifted to remote or flexible work from home (WFH) to combat the spread of COVID-19 it’s been a difficult transition for many. Along with distractions from children, pets, household chores and just trying to find the right space to be productive, WFH does bring along its own challenges.
Everyone who works remotely has to figure out when to work, where to work and how to create boundaries between work and personal life. What about office equipment, managing distractions and building relationships with colleagues?
PJs aside, there are several ways to stay productive when working from home. Here are our top tips for leading a better and more productive remote-working life:
1. Get started early and create a routine
When working in an office, your morning commute can help wake you up and feel ready to work by the time you get to your desk. At home, however, the transition from your pillow to computer can be much more jarring. Do all the things you’d do before, get up early and exercise, take a shower, make your coffee or smoothie and wear normal clothes (wearing PJs to work is a perk for some, but a bad strategy for others).
2. Set ground rules, plan and schedule breaks
Set rules with the people in your home. If you have children have clear rules on what they can and cannot do during your working hours. When working from home you are your own personal manager. Write your to-do-list and plan but remember to also break up your day, you can be quick to lose focus or burn out.
3. Create a dedicated working space
Just because you’re not working in an office, doesn’t mean you can’t have an office. Rather than working on your bed or couch (spaces associated with leisure time) dedicate a space or free room for office furniture.
You might be under the impression that working from home establishes more work-life balance, but be careful with that assumption. Know when to switch off and ensure that you are refreshed for the next day so that you can be productive. Above all else, do what’s best for you, maintain productivity and also enjoy the perks of WFH.