Working from home is a new change for you. And we bet it’s going to be very uncomfortable during the first few months.
To ease the process for you, here are a few tips to help your transition be easy and smooth.
- Choose a Suitable Spot to Setup Your Workspace
Now that you will be working from home choosing and dedicating a suitable spot for your workspace is a luxury in itself. While some people in Kingston can afford to dedicate an entire room in their home for their office, most of us have to make do with what we’ve got, even if it means using any available flat surface such as a kitchen countertop as a makeshift desk.
Whatever your situation, try and find a suitable spot in your home and turn it into your home workspace. That could either be your kitchen, your bedroom, or even one corner in your living room, provided that it’s a spot that allows you to avoid distractions and be more focused on your work.
As a general rule, avoid working where you play and play where you work. However, clearly defined boundaries between where you work and where you relax are crucial to establishing an environment that encourages you to get things done without interruptions.
The goal here is to separate your home life from your work life while working from home. For example, drawing the line between relaxation and work by dedicating an area in your home where you can get work done could help you stay productive while avoiding things that could distract you.
- Structure and Prioritise Your Work Days
There is a natural rhythm to how you approach the day that helps create a work routine in the office setup. Everything you do behind the scenes as you prepare to start your workday helps develop a unique and personal schedule with a 9/80 work schedule. For instance, the things you do every morning before commuting to work make it easier for you to prepare for the day ahead mentally.
However, your transition to working from home means that your daily routine has changed since there’s no longer a structure that compels you to do specific things by a specific time. When working from home, creating boundaries is crucial to maintaining a healthy mental state that makes it easier to avoid getting overworked or burnt out.
Therefore, consider creating a personal schedule that perfectly defines home life from working hours. If you are most productive in the mornings, then try and optimize your schedule to capitalize on morning hours when you are most effective. If you are more productive in the afternoons, then center your work schedule around afternoon hours for maximum productivity.
Also, make sure you factor in breaks in your schedule, especially lunch breaks. While maximizing productivity during work hours is vital, you still take breaks from work to allow your mind and body to rest a bit. While it may seem that working from home is less stressful, you still could easily overwork or strain yourself. Therefore, taking complete breaks during your workday, even at home, is still important to developing a productive and healthy work schedule.
- Leaving ‘Work’ at the End of the Day
You might think that working from home establishes a better work-life balance considering that you are working in the comfort of your home. However, that’s not always the case as you could find yourself easily caught up in work and forgetting to ‘leave work for the day.’ When working from home, remember to keep track of time and allow yourself to wrap things up for the day and put work aside.
Knowing that there is a finish line at the end of the day could help motivate you to make the most of your workday each day. If you sit and work endlessly without a clearly defined time for when to close for the day, you could end up overworking yourself and yet accomplish nothing. Daunting tasks and projects with looming deadlines will always loom over your head if you do not set boundaries.
When at your place of work, it is easy to know when it is time to leave work from home since when it’s time to go home, everyone around you will be packing up and preparing to leave for the day. However, there are no collective reminders when working from home to signify that it is the end of the workday.
And while you do not have to get off work at a specific time each day, setting boundaries that define your out-of-office hours and working hours could help you know when it’s time to work and when it’s time to do other things besides work.
- Use the Right Tools
Collaboration and communication have now, more than ever, become vital to business since virtually everybody is working from home. As more people work from home, audio and video calls have become an essential part of business communication as more people use these options to stay in touch with their colleagues and hold check-ins and meetings.
Tools you will need as you transition to working-from-home include a personal computer or laptop; headphones and mics; monitors; USB adapters; a keyboard and mouse; and fast internet. Having the right tools could help you stay productive, efficient, and available when needed.
Besides your laptop or PC monitor, you might need to consider adding an extra display for more desktop real-estate. An extra screen will allow you to have multiple windows, apps, and programs open at a go, making things more convenient and manageable.
Using a full-size mouse and keyboard setup is more comfortable when working for extended periods on a computer. While it might not be much, using a keyboard and mouse instead of your laptop’s trackpad and keyboard can help improve your output by improving comfort and increasing workflow.
Also, using a headset for your audio and video calls will make it easier to manage your calls while performing other tasks. Fortunately, we now have wireless headphones with Bluetooth connectivity, so you never have to worry about extra wires and cables. The good thing about most modern headsets is that they also come with detachable and inbuilt mics, eliminating the need for a separate mic.
Some work-from-home products we recommend you get include the Nucleum USB-C Hub and encrypted USB drives. An encrypted drive makes it easier and faster for you to transfer data between several devices while providing exceptional data security. If you have to go to your place of work from time to time to retrieve essential work files, consider using an encrypted USB drive to safeguard your information.
Despite the tips and hacks given above, there will be times when you will want to run back to your office desk. Why? Well, that’s because you’re adopting a whole lifestyle change here!
In those times, take a deep breath. Calm yourself and remind yourself of all the good things that WFH has brought you. These upgrades and your will to adapt have to go hand in hand!