7 Effective Tips on How to Make Work from Home, Work for You
March 20th 2020 | By Dhanya Nair
As more and more companies implement work-from-home policies due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), employees are now required to be productive from their homes without their normal resources or routines. For many, working from home sounds like a luxury, however, this is far from true. Many have mentioned that it is difficult to be productive and stay motivated without having a support system. But it can be done. At Figment, we work from home frequently to ensure all of our staff has a work-life balance. So, how do you make work from home, work for you? Read on.
Have a morning routine
Just because you are not commuting, does not mean you should not have a routine. Get up at a regular time and have a routine. For some, it could be making a cup of coffee or having a good breakfast. For others, it would be getting dressed up. Whatever it is, having one will ensure you start your work with the right mindset.
Create a workspace
While this sounds obvious, it is often overlooked. Although it is tempting to work from your sofa or bed, prolonged use of a sofa or bed for work means bad posture, back and wrist pain. A workspace will also ensure your mind is more focused on work. As a minimum, have at least a desk and chair.
Technology is the key component in remote work. Ensure you have your laptop and charger with you. Tools like Slack, Skype, Zoom or GoToMeeting will enable you to connect and work with your colleagues or clients. Don’t forget your internet connection and its bandwidth. You would need it to run video cal
Sitting all day is not healthy or productive. In fact, taking breaks will help you to be more focused. How to ensure you have a balance and are not going overboard? Try the Pomodoro Technique, a time-management technique developed in the 1980s. The premise is simple-
- Pick a task.
- Set a timer to 25 minutes.
- When the timer ends, take a 5-minute break.
- Repeat this cycle for 4-5 rounds or Pomodoros.
- Take a 15-minute break after the 4th or 5th round.
- Repeat the process.
Do not multitask
It might be tempting to catch-up on your home chores, but do not do it. Multitasking often leads to less focus and dip in productivity. Plus you won’t be folding laundry while finishing your report at work, so why do it when working from home?
Communication is key
Key to successful remote work is communication. Tell everyone who needs to know about your schedule and availability. Mention when you finish a project or an important task. If you have regular communication channels be active on them.
Communicate clearly with your manager about priorities, the time required and how tasks will be done. This helps to manage expectations and results. Be honest about what isn’t working or can’t get done.
This Infographic was created by our creative lead Sandeep Dhesi.