With the latest pandemic spreading like wildfires around the globe, many companies have started to implement greater social distancing measures such as working from home to minimise any risks of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Albeit working from home can be highly productive, but it can also go badly wrong. Without a proper office space, a prioritized schedule, and on-the-spot supervision, it’s all too easy to be distracted, and to get very little done. So here are 5 tips that helps you work more efficiently and effectively at home!
1. Keep A Morning Routine
Working from home is just like any other office days, minus the travelling to work (yay). However, this doesn’t mean that you should be slouching around in your PJ’s at home. I mean, its work from home, not sleep at home. So, get out of your PJ’s, eliminate that “lazing” smell. Grab a cup of coffee, clean your desk. Do things you’d normally do in the office to set the mood for work!
2. Create A Workspace That Works
Creating an effective workspace is essential if you want to stay on track and get things done. Make it a place where you’ll enjoy spending time. However, you also need to be clear that it’s a place of work. A few “office” touches might encourage you to be more productive – but you can still personalize your workspace, with fun posters or family photos.
Posture is key since you’ll be spending bulk of your time sitting in front of your devices, so check that you can sit comfortably. If not, you’ll likely find plenty of excuses to get up and go somewhere else!
The other important piece of equipment is a door that you can close! It’s almost impossible to work effectively at home if there are other people nearby. So, be sure to have a place to go where you can shut the door on potential distractions.
3. Manage Your Time
Effective time management is essential if you want to continue hitting your deadlines when you’re working from home. Organize and prioritize key tasks with a to-do list. This will help you to avoid procrastinating, or losing focus by “switch-tasking,” and add an extra layer of structure to your day.
It’s also a good idea to have a list of “in between” tasks. These are relatively minor jobs that should take 10 minutes or less to complete. Remember to keep tabs on how much time you spend on each task by setting up an activity log. This lets your manager know how you’re spending your time. It should also help you to see when you’re at your most productive, so that you can carry out complex tasks during those parts of the day.
4. Schedule Breaks And Stick To Them
Regular short breaks can help to keep you energized and focused. Try setting a countdown timer while you do an hour of work. When the alarm goes off, reward yourself with a five- or 10-minute break – to make a coffee, or get some fresh air. It’s vital that you get out of your chair during the day.
5. Schedule A Coffee Meeting With Colleagues Via Google Hangouts
While we increase physical social distancing during this critical period, we certainly do hope to keep or increase the psychological social distancing. This can be done so with the help of our trusty technology like Google Hangouts, Skype, or any communication tools you are comfortable with! Set a timeslot or two to chill out with colleagues. Remember, no work! Work can have a separate calendar invite scheduled.