During this outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, several companies are implementing work-from-home policies either voluntary or mandatory. Because of which we all are facing challenges as it is working from home for the first time and full-time as well. Working from home due to coronavirus outbreak and since everything is being shut down and entires countries are imposing lockdown, it might feel like a whole new world which is in short probably sudden. It is still undefined that till how long we are going to stay at our homes being quarantined. Working from home is undoubtedly right now, being the safest as well as a full-time job because the entire company is involved. And nobody necessarily socializes in person outside of work.
Here at Jatcore, these tips will help you make sure that you’re successful, both at getting your work done and at maintaining your mental well-being:
- Get Dressed:
It feels a very simple tip but it is the most difficult one. It is not needed to dress as formally as you might for work, but the simple act of changing clothes serves as a signal that the time is here when you must get up and get things done. It makes you feel confident and splits being at work and being at home. It will make you feel more energetic and motivated. Getting dressed also applies to other tasks as just because we are working from home doesn’t mean that no one from work will see you. We are in 2020 and we all having a group meeting calls via video.
- Designate a Workspace:
One of the big challenges when it comes to working remotely is keeping your work and home lives separate. If you never fully disconnect from work, your work productivity will suffer and your home life can take a hit as well. Your workspace doesn’t have to be its own room, it’s a corner, but it should feel as separate from the rest of your home as possible to be the best of your assigned task.
- Defined Working Hours:
Stay clear about when you must be working and when to not. You will get your best work done and be more productive in the work from a home office if you stick with your regular hours. If your role is collaborative, being on the same schedule as your coworkers make everything much easier. Having a separate time and space to work will allow you to be more present in your home life.
- Build Transition Work:
Remember one thing, your morning commute not only gets you to work from one physical location to another but it also gives your brain time to prepare for work. Maybe you usually read or listen to music on your commute. You can do that at home as well. Give yourself something that will signal the end of work and serve as a buffer. Turn yourself, complete office person, while being at work either it is in the corner of the home and cut yourself off from each office task after saying goodbye to the working hours.
- Don’t Get Too Sucked:
Distraction is one of the biggest challenges people are facing who work from home mostly the ones who are not used to it. But you need to be wary of how much you let yourself get distracted. Take a few breaks throughout the day at home. One of the biggest distractions is the news while working remotely because of the new coronavirus, we keep on checking in on COVID-19 updates. It is good to stay informed but do not let anxiety and depression hit you hard.
- Communication is the key:
There surely exist some issues if you have to suddenly go fully remotely. The key to drive through these difficulties is communication, especially with your heads and coworkers who are facing the same scenario. Make plans of what you are assigned and then discuss the idea with anyone whom you are comfortable with and then start the working. This will ease the pressure and let you breathe comfortably at work from home without having communication issues. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the same people you would usually turn to for help in the office premises.
- Keep Socializing:
While working from home, we feel cut off from the social interactions which we usually have at our offices that help feel less lonely and break up the monotony of work. When you work from home, you don’t have that. Combat this by talking with your coworkers throughout the day through Slack, calls, text, Zoom, and in any of those means which you people prefer for your company communications.
Remember interactions always go a long way together!
You can schedule video calls in the morning or a lunch break in the afternoon while being on a call together so it may help you take a break and the communications stay alive with a fun element in them.
Do not forget to face-time with your family, especially with the mom, after all, she can see your whole day working, and then you must cut the ties of work to take care of her as well!