Are you accustomed to working in an office environment and now find it hard to adjust to working from home? You are not alone!
The COVID 19 outbreak has caused an abrupt shift in not just the way we live but also in the way we work. With almost two and a half million confirmed cases worldwide, many companies initiated remote working for employees to help curb the spread of the virus, most countries subsequently went into lockdown forcing companies to swiftly adopt virtual teams. Remote working isn’t new to some of us, however, many people are having a difficult time adjusting to the sudden change and having to deal with the anxiety that comes with not knowing how long the situation is going last.
If you are one of those worried about the transition and you’re struggling to strike the right balance between work and personal time, here are a few Dos and Don’ts that will help you transition, while making sure that you’re successful in maintaining a healthy work-life balance
1.Designate a workplace
Working in bed can tempt you to relax while working in the living room could be full of distractions. Having a space to work and staying organized is a key factor to your efficiency and productivity. Therefore, have a designated distraction free and clean workspace to create an office mindset.
2.Set clear working hours
Remote working gives you the advantage to manage your time effectively and the ability to work when you’re at your most productive. In most cases, you get to set your own working hours and you need to stay committed to those hours. A clear time plan and separate space will help you separate your work and home life.
3.Do stay connected
We live in a digital age; technology advances have always made it possible to stay connected. Maintain connection with your office using instant messaging, video conferencing and other tools to constantly keep in contact with other coworkers, managers, and to stay updated with work expectations.
4.Don’t work in your Pajamas
Working from home can tempt you to become lazy and work in your oh-so-comfortable sleepwear. Instead, wake up and take care of your appearance as if you were going to the office will help you get into the work mode. You don’t want to get an unexpected work-related video call and look like you just fell out of bed. Take the time to get dressed and look professional.
5.Don’t allow distraction
Save long chats with family and friends for your breaks or for when you have concluded your work for the day. News is the biggest distraction right now. Though it is good to stay informed, checking the COVID-19 updates can make you anxious and leave you completely distracted, you can always do this in the evening. If you are staying with family, communicate with them and set boundaries to minimize distractions during your working hours.
Remote working has its obstacles, but mostly it just requires discipline, resourcefulness, and creativity. Until the Coronavirus is under control, we need to practice social distancing and stay away from crowded offices to reduce the likelihood of transmission. Using these tips for remote working can boost your productivity, efficiency, and wellbeing. Keep in mind that everybody works differently, and it will take some time to find a structure that works best for you.