6 Tips on How to Work From Home Effectively
It’s been a little over a month since the Movement Control Order, and we hope you’re getting used to remote work.
Of course, we want you to look on the bright side – you’re not stuck in traffic, your alarm doesn’t ring at an ungodly hour in the morning and no one is going to judge you for over-snacking. But not having your colleagues or boss keeping you on your toes means you’ll have to motivate yourself to not slack.
Because you know... Netflix.
To help you out, here are 6 things the Collectr team practices to help them work from home effectively.
1. Create a daily goal list
More often than not, we think we remember our plans for the day.
It’s only when you write your plans and daily list when you realize there’s more to do.
A simple to-do list will keep you on track for the day and gives you a measurable indication of how well you're performing in a work-from-home environment. Given that we haven’t had a lot of experience working from home, a to-do list will help us organize our priorities.
And there’s something very fulfilling seeing all your items on the to-do list marked ‘complete’ at the end of the day.
2. Finding the right workspace
Finding the right spot to work at is tricky, but who’s to say you can’t move to where you feel the most comfortable?
You could work with background noise from the TV, rock music booming from your headphones, or with your cat snoozing next to you.
Although it might be tempting to work from your bed, it’s best to create a space that reminds you of the office. A separate room, a clean desk, or a comfortable chair can help tell your brain you’re in the place where you do work productively and without distraction.
3. Schedule the day like any other workday
Replicate your daily routine as if you were going to the office.
Getting dressed, preparing breakfast, and getting your usual caffeine buzz (or smoothies) helps you mentally prepare for the day ahead and get into the "I'm going to work" mindset.
Have your usual lunch and short breaks in between and end your day like you usually would. If you’ve never had a proper work-life balance before, now’s the time to slot it in to de-stress and prevent burnout.
4. You're allowed to take breaks
“Remote workers have plenty of time for self-care”, they say. That isn’t true.
We know it’s hard to take breaks in between work when we’re on a roll or when there’s a looming deadline. Your eyes will thank you when you take 15-20 minutes away from your computer screen and your body will appreciate those little stretches you do.
5. Communicate, communicate, communicate
If living alone wasn’t bad enough, we’re now separated from our colleagues too!
Research has shown working from home can also result in feelings of disconnection, isolation, and loneliness. At Collectr, we have dedicated two days for team meetings to stay up to date with work, we regularly check-in with each other and schedule virtual house parties on Friday nights to let loose.
Our CEO has also set a social meet every day at 6pm to talk about anything BUT work.
6. Workout, do yoga, meditate
Sweating it out does wonders for your mind and body.
These activities can boost your mood, get your blood flowing, help you relax, and ease stress. Whip out those Youtube videos that you can follow and we guarantee you’ll feel much better.
To see how we're doing in quarantine, check out our IG stories here.
Till the next post, #staysafe!