Work from home has seen a sharp spike because of the raging COVID-19 pandemic. More and more people are turning to a remote work setup to stay safe. Even before the pandemic hit, a lot of people have been working online. Working from home is fun and relaxing. You have more control over your work mechanics, and there is a lot of flexibility. It is pretty fun to attend a meeting in your PJs with a steaming mug of coffee. However, to stay productive and efficient, you need to bring routine and professionalism to your remote work setup.
Regardless of when you started working remotely, there are a few ways you can optimize the experience and enjoy it more.
Have a Space that You Can Call Office
While working in a remote environment, it’s good to have a dedicated workspace because it helps you work efficiently. Ideally, your home office should have its room, but this luxury may not be possible for everyone working remotely. If you cannot spare a room for setting up your office at home, pick a corner and make it your office space. You don’t even need fancy and expensive gadgets to set up your office. Instead, just do it the old-fashioned way by getting a table and a chair, and voila, your office is all set.
Separate Work from the Personal
It’s a good idea to keep work and personal stuff separate. So, if you can’t afford to have two different laptops for this purpose, you can partition your computer’s hard drive and keep one for work. Additionally, getting a different phone number would save you a lot of hassle and frustrating moments. Don’t forget to keep your space comfortable to work in. Go for ergonomically designed furniture, look into the finest seating options, and get office gear that you would need daily. The purpose of this space is to train your brain to get into the mindset of working as soon as you are in your workspace.
When you keep this differentiation between your time and work hours, it will help you avoid any burnout risk. It is essential that you maintain a healthy work-life balance and not confuse one with the other.
Develop a Routine and Stick to It
When you are thinking about devising a routine for your work-at-home setup, you have to consider a morning routine, maintaining regular hours, and an end-of-the-day routine. All of this would help you get into the productive mindset as you start your day at a remote workplace, and at the end of the day, you would feel relaxed.
Often, a morning routine or start of the day ritual is considered merely getting to your work desk and turning on the computer. It’s more than that and is powerful enough to motivate you to get to work daily. When do you feel you are all set to start work? Perhaps it’s a steaming mug of coffee that gives this signal. You may want to dress up for your remote office. However, for some people working in pajamas is just as productive. Although it is sometimes referred to as a ‘morning routine,’ its purpose is starting your day at work. For some people working remotely means starting work late in the day; it could be midday or evening. Regardless of the time of day, you should have a routine to start work.
It is important to maintain a schedule and stick to it. As for the perks of working from home, you do have the leisure of flexibility with your work schedule but we recommend that you use this perk once in a while only. Now, this does not mean you should have a 9 hours a day work routine. You can set a timetable with several breaks or no breaks and you can select your workdays and off-days.
The important thing is to decide on a schedule and then follow it daily. You should also have an end-of-the-day ritual, so your brain gets the signal that a busy day at work is over and now you can relax. This ritual could be as simple as closing the browser window or turning off your laptop or moving out of the workspace and switching off the lights.
Socialize and Communicate with Your Peers
Working from home has a risk of making some people feel lonely. So, you should make a conscious effort to socialize and communicate as much as possible. Sometimes it is helpful to over-communicate too!
Usually, remote workplaces use some type of communication tool and you should grab this opportunity to interact with people in your team. It would not only enhance work-related collaboration, but you would also feel rejuvenated. If your team has weekly meetings via video conferencing, then be ready to join them and show up with an attentive and positive self.
Following these tips will help you become more comfortable while working from home and optimize your productivity. It’s important that you create a setting that will encourage you to focus and become more productive, and also to detach this from the rest of your house and your activities within your home.