Work from home has been an accepted, even preferred, choice by professionals for a variety of reasons. It cuts across borders, saves commute time, is cost effective and allows flexible timings. Personal productivity is good in the comfort of one’s home with nil office distractions. Planning the day around a set work schedule is relatively easier too.
However, these benefits don’t ring true for people who’ve been inadvertently forced into it. The recent Coronavirus scare has left most people with no choice other than consenting to this alternate method of working. Work from home requires a different work culture and it can be tad stressful to understand and imbibe it overnight.
Being a blogger and freelance content writer I can admit knowing a thing or two about it though. I’m sharing some simple tips here to help you get some perspective about how productive working from home can be. Hope this helps reduce any undue stress and makes it a pleasant experience for you.
Maintain your routine
Early to bed and early to rise; this diktat shouldn’t change if you’re working from home. Make sure that you follow your daily routine irrespective of whether others are following theirs or not. Prepare your mind to function despite the television blaring, kids creating a ruckus or househelps entering or leaving the room. Dress up in formal wear to get into work mode and maintain your productivity.
Plan your domestic chores
It takes a hundred things to keep a home in order, and then some more. Man or woman, everyone has to contribute in its upkeep. Right from buying grocery to paying off the laundry guy, everything needs attention. Make lists in advance, prioritise, coordinate with your family and delegate if you can. This will save your time and energy for pressing work matters, if any.
Create your workspace
This might need some effort since, lets face it, this isn’t your regular workspace. Find a comfortable place/corner where your laptop, documents and other work material won’t be disturbed. Make sure that you have good bandwidth and lighting there for better productivity. Although temporary, give it a personal touch with frames, stickers or indoor plants. Workspace should be sacrosanct, shouldn’t it?
Work but not 24*7
Set firm boundaries for a successful work from home turn. Don’t let your employers take undue advantage of your time and availability. Log in and log out on pre-decided timings and don’t cater to their whims and fancies unless there’s a real emergency. Additionally, request your family to keep silence, maintain decorum and keep you unperturbed while working.
Take short breaks and relax
Your body and mind can feel inert if you’re holed up in the same place for too long. Move around the room, stretch your body or enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with your family. Try to rest your eyes by keeping them away from screens for a while. Don’t overeat just because warm homemade food is readily available. This might make you feel lethargic and affect your productivity. Remember, you may be home but work is business as usual.
This was my second post in the Health and Wellness series with #CauseAChatter. I would love your feedback on it and appreciate any suggestions too. Don’t forget to leave a word.