Many said that working from home is not sustainable nor is it doable. There were many who didn’t think that we would be successful in achieving this. However, the plot twists of 2020 prove everyone wrong. Do you ever wonder how to work smarter from your home?
As COVID-19 swept across the world, countries shut down. Many changed their setup from office-based work to a remote work scenario. Not only is it doable but also sustainable. Because of this, many companies were able to function still even as their workers were in their own homes because of quarantine guidelines.
Working from home seems like a dream to some (even to me then). It’s appealing because you are in charge of your own time and you get to work in the comfort of your own homes. You follow your own schedule and you are in charge of how you will map out the day. Some find this situation an enjoyable thing however, without a proper routine, you’ll feel burnt out. Worse, you’ll feel isolated from the world.
There are many who dislike working from home because they were not able to separate their own personal time from their work schedule.
This isn’t what working from home is about. The key to everything is finding the right balance in order to achieve success in all that you do. It’s not easy at first, but with determination and grit, you will find that working from home is the best work arrangement for you.
5 ways how to work smarter from your home
From one remote worker to another, here are some tips to help you work smarter from your home.
Separate your work area from your sleeping quarters.
Many make the mistake of sleeping in the same area where they also work. The logic to this is that in the morning when they wake up, they will simply toss, grab their laptops, and get right on to work.
It is highly advisable that you set up a different area where you work. Whether it be the corner of your bedroom or a small area in your kitchen counter. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard, “Keeping computers, TVs, and work materials out of the room will strengthen the mental association between your bedroom and sleep.” This means that working away from your bed will energize you more to work since your brain will not think that you are in a place where you will sleep.
On the opposite side, if you always work from your bed you will have a hard time falling asleep because your mind might associate your bed as a work area rather than a place to relax.
Dress Up For The Day
Dressing up even while working from home is a good way to force yourself up and prepare. It is good to still keep an alarm clock and a routine wherein you have a specific time to get up to start the day.
Business attire is not needed. Mainly, this is one of the perks of working from home, (getting dressed into whatever you want), but getting into something clean other than your bedclothes will help you wake up properly and be productive throughout the day.
Learn to communicate as much as possible
One of the necessities of working from home is being able to communicate with your team often. Through so many apps today like Slack, Trello, and Skype, you have the ability to connect to anyone anywhere. This also helps the morale of the whole team. When everyone is meeting their deadlines and communicating the problems that they face individually, everyone grows. Remember, working from home never equates to you separating yourself from the others.
There are many ways to communicate nowadays. If you feel terrified of doing video calls and conferences, you can always opt for other methods. Technology has given us the gift of so many outlets of communication that all we need to do is choose one that best suits our needs.
Always try to have a set of goals to follow
For me, setting goals has always been a great motivation for me to get through the day. When I have a checklist of the things that I need to do then I work harder to get it done. When you set goals you have to make sure that they are achievable, realistic, and time-bound. Setting unrealistic goals is just setting yourself up for failure.
If you are just starting out on this particular practice, you might be interested to try Francesco Cirillo’s Pomodoro productivity technique. This particular technique helps you stay motivated by challenging you to take on a task for 25 minutes straight with 5-minutes breaks in between.
When you set goals, always take into consideration that there will be disturbances and distractions. Avoid them as much as possible by looking ahead and planning.
Get out and live
Working from home doesn’t give you the license to be a robot. Find time to get out of the house and breathe fresh air. If you are more of an indoor person, take time off your computer screens and do yoga on your balconies or anywhere in the house, you feel comfortable in.
Do not take for granted that one of the blessings of being able to work from home is that you get to pursue a more active lifestyle.
During your off-hours, it is important to disassociate from work as well. Schedule your work hours but schedule leisure times too. You need to do other things as well to keep your mental health intact. Short hikes, biking, and other physical activities help your body produce endorphins. These endorphins are chemicals produced by the body that relieves stress and pain and gives us a feeling of euphoria.
Working from home should not only be fun but also smart. Take things into moderation and abide by rules and schedules so that you will not go crazy. I hope that in some ways, these tips were able to help you. Working from home has never been easier than today! Take advantage of it and live life to the fullest.