It’s a way to ensure you stay employed, get a salary and keep finances stable. With global layoffs, you must adapt to this style of working ASAP!
As per a survey by Owl Labs 2019 State of Remote Work report, remote workers are happier at work. The report adds that 13% of them are more likely to stay at their current job for the next 5 years as compared to onsite counterparts.
And that's why we are sharing top ways for you to maximize productivity when working from home:
1.Make the Most of Technology
a. A Stable Internet Connection
Ideally, a speed of above 10Mbps is good for writers, data entry work, etc.
- Do your research, review, etc. and switch off the internet or turn off Wi-Fi on your laptop.
- Don’t waste time and data browsing videos, online shopping, etc.
- Download only what’s required
b. Telecommuting Gadgets
c. Software & Apps
- The latest version of Microsoft Windows
- Good antivirus software like Norton (very, very important)
- Acrobat/ Adobe Reader
- Processing software like Google Docs
- Grammarly (for writers)
- Any other software that your workplace suggests
2. Integrating Work-life Balance
Top Benefits of Working from Home
Working from home can be a blessing because you save on commuting time, get to be with your family, etc. But it also means that your professional and personal life overlap.
When done right, work from home is mutually beneficial for the employee and the employer. It helps establish a friendly and healthy rapport with your boss. Some other benefits include:
Flexible schedule: Apart from Flexitime, when you should be available for group meetings, you can choose your working hours. Some prefer working late in the night, others early in the morning.
Work from anywhere: You miss fewer working days. For example, if you have to take care of a sick parent or family member, simply take your PC to their house.
More time with family: Working from home means added family time. You save more time when commuting, the breaks you take in between, etc. This extra play-time to be around kids or pets is a stress-buster too, which means a happier you.
To ensure optimal productivity and maintain a work-life balance, you must set yourself some ground rules:
a. Set up a Separate WorkspaceDistinguish/segregate your workspace from the rest of the house. No, you don’t really need a dedicated office with glass doors! A corner niche, space under the staircase, etc. work equally well.
If you have a spare room, then set up a desk and comfortable chair in it. Avoid relaxing areas like the sofa or busy zones like the dining table. Chances of distraction are high here!
b. Establish a RoutineGetting up at 8.59 AM and logging in for work at 9:AM should not be your mantra. Grab some extra snooze since you are not commuting, but try and stick to a schedule — like you did when working from an office space!
You have to draw the line between your working and non-working hours. It’s very easy to let your home and work life get entangled, which will just MESS-UP things!
Exertion can be counter-productive! Set up working hours that suit your company and your health needs.
You could be working overtime on some days or have the chance to lot out earlier on others. But on the whole, maintain a time decorum.
Also, keep a few hours for Flexitime. Basically this is a set period of about 3-4 hours when you should be available to your employer.
During this period group meetings h conference/ video calls, discussions, etc. take place. It's especially important when people work in different time zones.
Try and eat on time, avoiding munching on the desk, get up for a coffee break or short walk! These little breaks will perk up energy levels and improve work efficacy.
As part of your routine, do stay connected with colleagues — some chit-chat and gossip is always a stress buster!
Make sure your family members, including your kids, know that during working hours, you are off-limits (except emergencies).
c. Do Dress UpTempting as it is, avoid pajamas and sweatpants on working days! You don’t have to dress-up as formally — instead think semi-formal Friday’s! Relaxed pants, jeans, and a semi-formal shirt or blouse can do the trick.
Lounge clothing has an almost lethargic effect on most people — makes you feel kind of lazy doesn’t it? A Digital Marketing Agency/ advertising agency executive in lounge pants is no an attractive sight!
Opt for presentable clothing so if you have a sudden video call you don’t have to rush to change!
Making the switch from an office workspace to remote working can take some time. However, with clearly established routines and delegation of dedicate space & time, it can help boost productivity.