10 Tips For Working From Home

    1. SET UP A WORK-STATION
      Working from may be very tempting. You may want to stay in bed or head to your sofa. Those who successfully work from home agree that you’re best off setting up a work-station. If you don’t have a desk, use your dining room table. Besides making you feel like you’re at an “office,” this helps you maintain good posture, avoid distractions, and leave your work behind at the end of the day.
    2. USE COLLABORATIVE TOOLS FOR COMMUNICATION
      Mostly, you use free tools to communicate with your team. Using personal apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Google Hangouts, can have some problems; they don’t necessarily improve internal communication.
      It is advisable to use business collaborative platforms like Asana, Slack or Bitrix24, that brings your phone system, team chat, sales pipeline, and customer support together.
    3. MAKE USE OF VIDEO CONFERENCING
      Video conferencing is the centre of most remote work. Working from home can get pretty lonely, especially if you are single or live alone. Make it a point to chat with colleagues, team members, or clients each day. You don’t even have to talk about work, but just to connect as co-workers and people. Humanity must not be lost in working remotely. There are many video chat applications available today, such as Skype, Slack, Google Hangouts or Zoom.
    4. GET A TO-DO LIST AND UPDATE IT EVERY MORNING
      Working from home comes with some freedom, such that you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck, sometimes it is challenging to keep track of what you have to do for the day. It’s easy to lose sight of priorities, tasks, and deadlines. Begin the day by reviewing your priorities for the day. Stick to the task-list you create. It’s tempting to just jump unto your WhatsApp or Snapchat, but with a little extra focus, you can stay on track while working from home. Set goals and time limits for each task. After you complete each task, mark it as complete like in Asana. This simple technique is both effective and fulfilling.
    5. EXERCISE! EXERCISE!! EXERCISE!!!
      Productivity is the keyword here. You need to exercise regularly to boost your endorphins, which will increase your happiness, enjoyment, and interest levels, all of which are important for productivity. To maintain a great posture, you need to regularly stretch. At a minimum, stretch throughout the day so you don’t get sore. You can also leave yourself motivational sticky notes by your bed, so they are the first thing you see and read in the morning. It is recommended to exercise in the morning when you have fewer objections and a longer payoff throughout the day.
    6. SET BOUNDARIES
      Working from home does not mean you are “not working at all”. You may at times find yourself making calls or texting randomly with friends and family, which causes distraction.  A polite “I’ll be working until 5 and can chat later!” or “Call you back on my lunch break” usually will help. Also, try not to let working from home mean working all day and night. This is not the time to completely burn out. Be disciplined and set your boundaries.
    7. AVOID DISTRACTIONS
      Working from home, you realize just how many chores and projects await: dishes need cleaning, messy drawers demand organizing, kids’ toys are all about. It is advisable to do a quick straightening-up in the morning so you are not working amidst a mess, rather try not to let too much housework seep into working hours. It causes distraction and procrastination.
    8. FRESH AIR IS GOOD
      Get some fresh air. Since in this COVID-19 era, we have been advised to limit contact with people who may be sick, and many employers are urging employees to stay home, you’re likely going to spend a lot of time indoors. Open your windows to let in as much natural daylight and fresh air as possible, and take short walks if you live in an unpopulated area, and be sure to wash your hands as soon as you return home.
    9. WORK WHEN YOU’RE MOST PRODUCTIVE
      Take advantage of your most productive periods.  Save your harder tasks for when you know you’ll be in the right headspace for them. Use slower points of the day to knock out the easier, logistical tasks that are also on your plate. These acts can help build your momentum for the heavier projects that are waiting for you later on. Usually, the most productive times of the day are usually early in the morning or late at night. Also, music that really pumps you up can help.
    10. TAKE A BREAKS
      You can be so easily distracted that you avoid breaks altogether. Don’t let the working prevent you from taking time to relax. Rather than just opening YouTube and watching some comfort clips, however, use your breaks to get away from your desk. Go for a walk outside or spend time with others who might also be in the house, or even take a nap.

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