The pandemic has forced most of us to work from home—and yes, it’s not as easy as it seems. If you’re used to being in an office, you might struggle to stay efficient in this new remote setup, and your work could suffer before you know. But before that happens, here are five simple tips that you can adapt to make working from home easier and more efficient:
Create your workspace.
While working on the dining table or the living room may seem like a nice idea, you need to be in the right environment to allow your brain to go into work mode. If you don’t have an extra room in your house to turn into a home office, you can designate a corner or area as your workspace, one that’s away from foot traffic and a lot of distractions.
Indulge yourself and invest in a good desk and one of those sleek office chairs Sydney that will allow you to work efficiently without suffering from backache later.
Establish boundaries with your household.
Aside from designating a workspace where you can be productive, you should also set boundaries with people in your house so you can avoid unnecessary distractions while at work. You don’t want your children running around in the middle of your Zoom meeting, after all. It’s also best to follow the same routine you have while working in the office, so you’re not tempted to go to the kitchen for snacks every ten minutes, or walk around the house during “work hours.”
Dress the part.
Let’s face it: you can’t be motivated to work when you’re wearing pyjamas. So, instead of wearing the same clothes you wear at home, make the effort to get ready in the morning just like you would if you were working in the office. Take a shower, eat breakfast and get dressed for the day so you feel like you’re working. You can even do your hair and makeup so you look professional at those Zoom meetings.
Prepare your mind for going in and out of work.
When you work in an office, you use your commute to set your mind for going in and out of work. But now that you’re at home, you can also do the same by setting aside a few minutes at the beginning of your day to listen to music or read a book as if you’re in your usual routine and end your day with a workout or a walk in the park with your pet.
Practice consistent communication.
Finally, your efficiency in working from home will depend a lot on how you communicate with your team. Make sure that you have a plan on how you’re going to communicate and what platforms you’re going to use. It’s also very important to check in on people you collaborate with on projects, so you are always on the same page, and you can avoid issues that could hurt your productivity altogether.