If there is one thing that the pandemic brought, it’s working from home. Social distancing and other containment protocols necessitated people to stay out of formal offices. Several companies and organizations around the world encourage employees to work from home. But the harsh pandemic economy also laid off millions of people from their jobs.
So, finding a remote-based job is a top priority for lots of people. And, as a person who has worked remotely for over five years, long before the Coronavirus hit the world, I have a few tips to help you with this.
Avoid time wastage by setting a schedule.
Have a clear schedule of your work, and your mind will soon turn it into a spontaneous routine. Possibly the greatest challenge of working from home is managing your time. Being under one roof with your pets, kitchen, and spouse is too invitingly distracting for some people!
But when you have a timetable and a time tracker, you can stay active and get more work done—set breaks between different work sessions to refuel yourself.
A schedule saves you time and reduces the temptation of getting distracted.
Set apart work from home responsibilities
Decline the temptation of bossing people around at your home. Working from home is likely to bring a little confusion between home and office chores. But, whether you are a manager or proprietor, you must treat your family members with the love they deserve.
Set a clear schedule that incorporates your work and family. For instance, when it’s time to have lunch, leave your desk and meet everyone else at the dining table. Use the moment to play with your kids and pets and catch up with your family.
But, be disciplined enough to obey your schedule and get back to work in time.
Have strong internet connectivity and backup power
Designers and architects always design the office to have strong internet to provide you with a serene environment where you collaborate with your colleagues. So, when you decide to work from home, at least get enough power and internet bandwidth.
It’s time to find a power backup so you will not have to go offline when the grid fails. At the same time, upgrade your internet and get a fast cable connection that won’t act up.
Have a healthy breakfast
Among the temptations of working from home is overeating food. Solve this by having strict dietary plans in place. Since you work from home, you want to live a healthy life too.
So, start the day by taking a healthy breakfast. If you have a good blender in your kitchen, make healthy smoothies and tasty juices. Jumpstart your day with enough energy-giving foods that power your body to think and work optimally.
Make the nutritious breakfast count!
Keep your office schedule (Maintain regular hours)
Maintain your normal hours so you can connect with other workmates conveniently. Unless you have the freedom to work and deliver the reports on a specific date, you may want to work simultaneously with your colleagues.
Accommodate your other team members’ time zones and availability. Make sure you are there for the meetings and office discussions. And, of course, don’t miss out on the office chitchat!
Just because you are working from home does not mean that you’re on vacation. Train your mind to stick within the rules that govern your office.
Freelancing and working from home poses challenges such as dealing with pets, children, and other family members. So, set clear rules that can save you any distraction or inconvenience. If you share your workspace, you must try to negotiate for your convenient and optimal time.
Get a dedicated home office space.
If you think the home environment is a little too distracting, build a dedicated space for your home office. Install ergonomic chairs and desks, and make them look like a real office. Your mind will soon get used to the home office, and every time you go there, you will be ready for work.
Then, avoid using the home office space for anything else apart from work. The office desk is not the place to invite your kids, pets, or your spouse. Instead, it should be the part of your house where you put your computer, pens, and other items that stimulate your cognitive potential.
Anyway, turning your home into an office requires personal dedication and discipline. But it’s a great way to finally spend time with your pets and children while at the same time giving the best of your ability to your job. Enjoy the freedom that comes from working from home, but keep professional as well.