In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, an increasing number of small businesses and multinational corporations across the world are rolling out work from home (WFH) policies. An increasing number of vocations are adapting hybrid working modes, or even calling for remote workers to become home-based. Working from home may seem easy, with all the comfort of your familiar living space and your new savings, from reducing transportation fees to catering costs. But switching from a structured office environment to the comfort of your own home can be challenging in surprising ways. Have no fear, this article will help you keep yourself in check and keep productivity levels up even if you’re working from home.
It may be tempting to work from your bed or couch where it’s nice and soft, but how confident are you that you will be able to stay focused consistently for hours? Besides, it can be detrimental to your productivity since you’re not in the right headspace to work. Dedicating your workplace could help put yourself in the mood to be productive for that duration of time, informing your brain that it is time for work, not relaxation. Keep the space organized with all the supplies and equipment you may need handy: having your computer, paper, and headphones within reach, instead of all over the house, will shut out distractions, keeping you productive.
There may be times when your school-aged children are at home during working hours. You may need to work while they’re home, and taking care of kids at the same time can be an additional struggle. If you find yourself in this scenario, it’s important to establish a clear schedule for the entire family. Take into consideration how you might coordinate your schedules to accommodate the need for childcare – such as spending some of your time in the mornings while working a later day shift. This could help alleviate some of your load.
Having a schedule could help manage your workload and complete allocated tasks on time. It also makes it easier for people to get in touch with you. Surely you are not expecting them to call you with urgent matters when you’re having your lunch break or answering the call of nature… right? Here are three important factors to consider when you’re setting an at-home work schedule:
Taking regular breaks between tasks is key to helping you work effectively. It helps you to shift focus from one to another, providing signals to your brain not to consider the previous task and pay attention to a new task. At the end of your workday, spend a few minutes planning for the next day. This keeps productivity up since we do not need to stress about planning in the back of our minds. It may enhance your ability to make effective decisions since it reduces the number of decisions – an estimated 35,000 of them – you need to work on the next day.
With the digitization of the workplace comes new ways of interacting with colleagues. While face-to-face interactions may be reduced, regular communication and check-ins with colleagues could help you collaborate more effectively and make you feel less isolated. Aside from online meeting tools like Zoom and Slack, you can also stay connected with all your colleagues on Community Forum and News Feed right from the Atiom mobile app.
The future of work is here to stay. Hopefully, the tips above will help you to create a pleasant ‘Work from Home’ experience and get your work done without feeling like a chore. While the pandemic is still going strong out there, we should count our blessings that there are people who do not get to work from home. Many medical petitioners are out on the frontlines fighting for the health of everyone. Without these heroes, we would not be able to get through this alive and we will be forever grateful for their efforts.