10 Best Tips For Working From Home | Advice For Working Remotely
Getting adjusted to working at home for the first time? Here are our favorite tips for maximizing efficiency and performance when working remotely.
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Welcome to the new world. We've all been given a first class ticket, a front row seat of epic proportions to the most stunning shutdown of humanity as we know it. The Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 has ushered in a new wave of city wide quarantines, country specific lock downs, local isolation's, and the new trend of avoiding cooties - affectionately named "social distancing". The impacts are wide and ever reaching to every corner of the globe. For anyone who is not considered to be an "essential" employee (healthcare, finance, grocery and limited other fields), the instructions are simple. Stay home.
For the millions of people still employed within industries that allow for telecommuting (working from home), it is time to get used to your new reality. By most scientific projections and political theories, it's going to stay this way for the foreseeable near future. A vast multitude of companies around the globe are putting people and public safety first by backing wide scale telecommuting efforts. These efforts are a part of an astounding public health campaign designed to prevent further spread of the virus via new infection cases, saves the lives of our heroic healthcare workers fighting the virus on the front lines and help to "flatten the curve".
We've compiled together a list of our top 10 best tips for working from home and mastering working remotely. You can totally telecommute like a boss and be successful and just as productive as if you were working right in the office. Stay safe, stay health, and stay productive!
10 BEST TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME:
1., GET ORGANIZED
Start with the easy stuff like getting rid of all the distractions. This may be difficult if you have kid's back home from school, a spouse sharing the single sound proof room, or you have roommates binge watching Westworld or 24-7 news coverage of the Coronavirus. Along with setting "quiet times" in your home and working out flex scheduling with your spouse, you can also turn off the TV, stop playing impromptu games with your pet, and stop scrolling through your Instagram feed while Karen is giving her Webex presentation. (Sorry to the Karen's of the world).
There are also simple things you can do like making sure your desk, coffee table, clothes hamper, or pillow-top is free of excess papers, big enough to fit your computer or laptop, and within arm's length of whatever liquid courage you need to get yourself through the day. Whether you're hooked on Starbucks at home, Premier Protein shakes, or good old fashion water; you're going to want to keep it nearby to stay energized and to lubricate your throat for all those Cisco Webex Meetings, Slack Calls and Zoom Hangouts.
2., STICK TO YOUR ROUTINE
When you're not regulated to catching the train, sitting in traffic, or uber carpooling into the office; it can be extremely tempting to sleep in and play the 5 minute mad dash to sign into your workstation before your boss notices that little red light hasn't switched to green yet. Without the normal opportunities to hunt you down for face to face questions or a quick call, if anyone in your department or company needs support or insight, they are going to pop into your slack messages or mark an Outlook email high importance (only after they have cc'd every known human on the planet).
Drag yourself from the incredible pull of a cozy bed and hop into that refreshing hot shower (or ice cold...you might like the rush of ice cold needles closing your pores first thing in the morning - no judgement zone here). If morning showers aren't your thing, pull up to the counter with a stool and put some fuel in the tank. Enjoy a yummy plate of steel cut oatmeal and eggs after a quick workout or share a box of Fruity Pebbles with your toddler over a quick episode of Sesame Street.
Now, more than ever, millions of people are learning how to communicate clearly, concisely, and learning how to play well with others. Chances are good that you're going to need Jake from IT on your side, and it will be very helpful to play nicely with any potential stake holders for your newest project pitch. When the dust settles, and the world goes back to a loosely defined definition of normal; people are going to remember those who played well while stuck in the sandbox.
4., WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK
For anyone working in production based workload environments, don't let your progress slip. Sure you might be working with a single screen laptop instead of a two monitor setup, but you don't want to give the blatant appearance of doing less work or even worse - being the one to fall behind your peers. For those working under limited supervision in project oriented roles, stick to your time frames as best you can and over communicate on any issues or delays in reaching project completion.
5., TAKE BREAKS
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Don't be Jack. Don't isolate yourself in your work to the point of losing sight of who you are. Being stuck indoors can be a challenge for even the most self reflecting introvert in any society. Do yourself a major favor and take breaks from your work. Stand up, have a great stretch. Walk around your home for a few mins. Make sure the kids are still alive, make sure your pet's haven't left any magic stains on the floor, or get in a 10 minute power workout so you'll be ready to wow your quarantine partner later on a cross fit challenge. Mental health is important so don't forget to relax for a bit.
6., GET SOCIAL
Just because you can't smell Gary's microwaved fish lunch doesn't mean you can't still catch up with Gary. Use all the tools at your disposal to get your team members involved and interacting with each other. From virtual team spirit week celebrations, to special slack channels to share jokes and hang around the "water cooler" there are several ways to stay involved and enjoy the people that you work with.
7., "STAY HOME" WHEN YOU'RE SICK - DON'T LOG ON
You're probably already nervous and on edge about every sneeze, sniffle, or unexplained pain in your body right now. That is completely understandable. A lot of people don't take advantage of the benefits afforded to them through their employers. When you're sick (and not just trying to relive a binge worthy Game of Thrones season with Jon Snow), it is important to practice proper self care. Even when your home is your office, you still have to take care of the number one asset. YOURSELF. Communicate with other stake holders and have your point lead or manager assign someone else those mission critical tasks. When you're not in great health, you suffer, your work suffers, your team suffers and that's just bad news. So when you're sick, don't sign in or check emails while blowing on that bowl of hot chicken noodle soup.
Remember that communication often gets lost in translation over slack, jabber, and email. So be mindful that everyone won't read your tone as intended. Keep all interactions concise, and remember to be polite and courteous with every interaction.
9., TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Set measurable, time bound goals for your personal productivity throughout the day and hold yourself accountable to meeting those goals. Remember your commitment to your team and company.
10., REWARD YOURSELF
Whether it's at the end of every day or the end of every week, remember to take time to reward yourself for a job well done. Self motivation is key to keeping up the momentum when you're working "alone on an island"
Now that you have a few awesome tips for working from home, including the best advice for working remotely; you're ready to be a rock star at telecommuting and staying safe and healthy through the novel coronavirus/COVID-19. Cheers to a great productive week!
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