It’s been more than a month since we’ve all been stuck at home. Living and working in the same space challenges us both physically and mentally. Needless to say, Many of us need to adapt our routines, to stay sane and productive.
I have multiple years of work from home experience, and the biggest thing I learned is to create boundaries between work and personal life. When working from home, it’s difficult to maintain work-life balance, and most of the time we end up working overtime and burn ourselves out. It is also possible to end-up binge-watching web-series, indefinitely procrastinating work. “Ahem, personal experience”.
Here are my five tips for tackling work from home in a better way and to be more productive in remote work life:
- Maintain clear boundaries for work and life.
Managing time and not overworking will be the biggest challenge when working from home. If you are not carefully maintaining boundaries, you would start to feel as you are continuously working throughout the day. Build a routine and follow it. Building and sticking to a schedule helps. Keeping clear boundaries for when to work and when to call it a day helps to maintain the work-life balance. Take a shower and dress-up; Even dressing up as if you are going to the office will help you get into the mood and focus on work. If you think your working hours are exceeding then expected, feel free to pause the work (depends on the project though!).
- Maintain a dedicated workspace.
Keeping a dedicated workspace helps you focus on work, and you can get into the work zone easily. Whenever we go to the office, our brain instantly starts thinking about the work and even try to solve the problems you are working on. A similar thing happens when you sit on a bed, you start feeling lazy and sleepy because our brain identifies the bed and tries to simulate sleep. So maintaining a dedicated workspace will work. If you have a luxury of space, you can use a separate room as your workspace. Working in a dedicated room helps your family identify as you are working, I learned it when I was working on my startup from home. If you don’t have a separate room, it’s ok, try to set up a small work table-chair and use them for work. As an International student, I ended up only having a bed, chair, and a moving table, now you know how I try to be efficient while working.
- Music for better productivity.
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- Try to get some exercise and sunlight.
Get out of the house, provided following the rules of social distancing and wearing a mask of course. Your body needs fresh air and natural light, so try to get a walk in the day time. If you don’t want to go outside, try to work out at your home (in patio/balcony/backyard if possible). There are plenty of resources on “bodyweight workouts at home”, which doesn’t require any equipment.
- Don’t Multitask.
You feel the urge to multi-task, but try to fight them. Doing laundry, watching tv, cooking meals or snacks while working feels like not a big deal, there is nothing wrong with doing the as well, but don’t let chores distract you from being productive. You would not be doing them if you were at the office, to try to follow the same. Meal prep as if you are going to the office. Not being distracted while working will boost your productivity. You definitely need to take small breaks while working but avoid doing the things you won’t do at the office.
Finally, try to not take stress, be positive, and spend quality time talking to your family, friends, and dear ones.
These are a few tips I have from my past WFH experience, and from what I learned from my friends/colleagues. Feel free to share it with your friends.