7 Tips for Working From Home Effectively
It is already a fact that we have entered the new normal and the earlier we make the necessary adjustments to thrive in our new realities the better for everyone. Just in case you have put your goals on hold and waiting for the normal you are used to, to return, you might be labeling yourself as an ‘endangered species’ because the known way of life is not coming back – at least not in the way we knew it.
One of the realities of the new normal is working remotely (working from your house) and for a tech person that desires to be able to collaborate on projects and not be limited by geography, this should be something you should embrace wholeheartedly.
Now, from a performance management angle, it is important we discuss how to maximise remote working. In this article, I am going to be highlighting a few adjustments you can make to at least maintain your level of productivity if not increase it.
1. Invest in a good internet
while we operate from a third world country where data is a thing, it is important that you invest in getting the best internet service provider that works best for your most preferred work location. Poor internet can be a major performance detractor, you don’t want to spend 2 hours loading a 1gb work.
2. Set out a workspace
Another thing you want to quickly invest in if you haven’t already is a table and chair very well arranged in a set-out part of your house. If you don’t have a lot of space, the dining session of your house can work just fine. Having a dedicated workspace and working from there sends a work readiness signal to your subconscious mind.
3. Set out daily routines
Nothing affects productivity like not knowing exactly what you want to do. The fact is that you are going to lose a significant part of your morning if you don’t take time to set out your to do for the day the night before. It helps if you have a notepad by your side where you can update changes and progress.
4. Take away distractions
For most people, the way our houses are designed, it is anti-productive work. Now that you are working from home, you need to eliminate distractions – you know those chores that will catch your attention, etc? Find a way to put them away so you can focus more.
5. Set out real work hours
You cannot trust yourself to be disciplined and focused, you have to set work time and honor them. It helps if you give yourself 15 minutes break every 2 hours. If you design your work time this way, you get a lot more done. It is important to also set out the time you want to connect with your team members, supervisors, and clients so that they don’t also become distractions.
6. Get an earplug
If you stay with people (maybe your parents) it will help to get earplugs so that you can eliminate noise coming from other people in the house.
7. Negotiate time with your spouse/significant other
If you are married and you have kids or other dependents, it will be nice to negotiate time so that you can take turns to work and look after your dependents. This way, no one feels cheated because they also want to be as productive as you are.
These are just a few of the things you can do to get more done while working remotely. Please feel free to experiment with other ideas to get what really works for you and when you do, be kind enough to share in the comment section so we all can learn together.