Have you read The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens? The novel opens with the classic statement, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. It talks about a time of conflict, despair, as well as joy, extreme opposites without any in-betweens. The present times remind me of it. A grave situation at hand but panicking is not an option. The world has united like never before to fight the attack by COVID – 19. Undoubtedly, these are difficult times and we are all in it together. We have to find a way. With the announcement by WHO, declaring coronavirus as a “pandemic”, the global community is working towards only one goal – preventing the spread of this life-threatening virus. One of the core preventive measures is social distancing and companies across the globe have enforced mandatory work from home.
One crisis has made everyone realize that nothing is more important than human life. And it is not unrealistic to assume that remote work is the new normal for the times ahead. Terming it as the future of work may be a little far fetched but certainly, we all are working from home till the situation is brought under control. At the same time, not everyone is comfortable working remotely and many will be doing this for the very first time. Remote work can be a double-edged sword too, comfortable yet difficult to actually focus on work. Let’s look at a few suggestions that would help you be at your best, even from the comfort of your home.
A Work from Home Perspective
Have a Plan
There’s one thing about work, it brings a routine in our lives. You get up and you show up, at a particular time and in a particular place, every day. There’s a schedule for the weekdays and then leisure time reserved for the weekend. Work from home can disrupt that discipline. It’s important that you have your workday planned out. Procrastination is one of the greatest threats to remote working and it takes time to settle in. With a structured schedule, you will be able to take good breaks too.
Find Yourself a Comfortable and Dedicated Spot
We all have a spot in our workplace and eventually, we make it our own. We look forward to being in that space, every day. To give our best to the best of our abilities. In times of remote working, you must not undermine the importance of a dedicated and comfortable spot. Fix the light, put that desk, keep it close to the window, in a quiet corner of your home, and make some coffee. Make sure, you are not too comfortable and sitting on your bed. This space is supposed to make you feel associated with your work.
Dress Up Right
Yes, there’s no hurry to get up and rush to work and you can be in your sweatpants all day while working. But how about changing this? Dressing up like you would for work in the morning would help you kickstart your day with more enthusiasm. Many freelancers and remote working professionals say from their experience that dressing up right certainly helps. You got to brush off that laziness.
Collaborate with Team for In-person office experience
Creating an in-person office experience by making the best use of digital tools available will help you stay connected with your team. It’s time the world moves beyond emails. Today, there are no limitations to communication with Skype Calls, Zoom Calls, and other video conferencing tools. While working from home, there can be a sense of isolation with your team and catching up could get difficult. The team must schedule a conference call every day to understand how the day is going to be for everyone. Why miss out on the experience of working together when you can collaborate effectively while working remotely?
Take breaks and eat healthy
World’s leading global health organizations and doctors are constantly spreading awareness about COVID 19 and what to eat to keep your immunity intact and robust. Work from home can give you a feeling of the weekend and you might get tempted to order that large pizza from your favourite food outlet. Please understand that we are not talking about remote working on the usual days. These are tough times particularly when people are not aware completely. While working from home, you have the luxury to take good breaks and you can utilize this time to cook some amazing healthy food. It is a wonderful time to feed your body, mind, and soul.
(The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Energy Dais.)