During the next few weeks, a lot of us will be working from home. Here are some tips and tricks on how to be as productive as possible, as well as maintaining some work-life balance.
- Set a schedule and stick to it
Similar to when you work at your office, set yourself up with a schedule and make sure you stick to it. Set working hours (for example from 8am to 5pm) and ensure you have scheduled breaks (lunch time, tea or coffee). Once your working hours are over, make sure to actually shut down and spend time relaxing or with family so you do not burn out. It’s also important to communicate your schedule to your manager and team members so they are aware of when they can reach you for work related matters.
- Ask your employer for the tools you need
If you need a better internet connection, or more airtime to make calls, ask your manager. Your company will do all they can to make you more productive during these next few weeks/months, but if they do not know what you need, they can’t help! Raise your hand if you need help with anything.
- Keep a dedicated workspace
This may be hard for some of us, especially with kids or spouses who are also working at home, but if possible, keep a dedicated workspace, separate from your kitchen, dining room or living room. Once you’re done working for the day, leave your workspace (the same way you’d leave your desk at the office!) to keep some distance between yourself and your work.
During these times, communicate more than you normally would. Letting your manager and colleagues know what you’re working on, what your priorities are and any areas you need help or support on will be very important. Unlike working at the office, you don’t have the chance to stop by someone’s desk to ask a few questions. Use your company’s messaging tools as much as you need to (things like Slack, Skype, emails) to make sure everyone on your team is on the same page.
Any other tips and tricks you’ve been using to work from home productively? Let us know in the comments!