5 Tips On How To Survive Working From Home
With the COVID-19 affecting everything from international travel to the availability of hand sanitizer, mitigating this in Australia has become a growing concern. That’s why many companies are recommending that as many employees as possible work remotely until the virus can be slowed to restrict any further contamination.In response to the growing number of business moving towards a remotely working team, we have listed 5 tips on how to survive working from home.
1, COMMUNICATION IS KEY
It’s important to go beyond email and use other digital tools that can better communicate.
Whilst working remotely you will feel a sense of isolation, and it depends on how well your team communicates, or how much they’re willing to increase communication using other tools besides face-to-face conversations.
Another great feature of video conferencing is screen-sharing which is a great way to get people on the same page and to present to prospective clients.
Better communication while working remotely can help maintain your relationship with your colleagues, current clients and prospective leads.
2, GO TO WORK
The mental association you make between work and the office can make you more productive, and there’s no reason that feeling should be lost when working remotely from home.
When working from home, do all the things you’d do to prepare for your day in the office. Set your alarm, make (or go get) coffee, and wear nice clothes.
3, PLAN YOUR DAY
Spending time figuring out what you’ll do today can take away from actually doing those things, which ultimately makes you less effective. Also, you’ll have planned your task list so recently ie on the day that you can be tempted to change your schedule on the go.
It’s important to let your agenda change if you need it to, but it’s more important to commit to an agenda that outlines every task before you begin. Try creating your task list the day before, making it feel more official when you wake up the next day to get started on it.
4, DONT FORGET TO BREAK
It can be so easy to get distracted and avoid breaks altogether. Don’t let the guilt of working in the building you sleep in prevent you from taking five to relax. Rather than just opening YouTube or randomly Google searching, use your breaks to get away from your desk.
Taking a break, like making and eating lunch or going outside for a walk can recharge you to do better work. Don’t assume you need to be working 100% of the time while you are at home to be more productive.
5, PICK A FINISH TIME
You might be thinking that by working from home establishes more of a work-life balance, but be careful with that assumption. Working from home can also feel like you have all the time in the world and you can get so caught up in your activity, in a relaxing environment, that you lose complete track of time.
When you’re in the office your co-workers would start packing up and leaving for the day, this reminds you to do the same, set an alarm at the end of the day to indicate your normal workday is coming to an end.
You don’t have to stop at exactly that time, but knowing the workday is technically over can help you start the process of saving your work and calling it quits for the day.
We hope you have enjoyed reading our 5 tips on how to survive working from home and have been able to implement them in your daily routine.