How to work from home effectively

During the COVID situation, work from home has just become a popular trend all over the world. It may not be a new trend, but lots of us are dealing with it for the first time.

These tips will help you make sure that you’re successful, both at getting your work done and maintaining your mental well-being:

Stick with your routine

Working from home allows for flexibility, but you should try to start and finish your working day as per the regular schedule. Setting your finishing time will dictate expectations and increase productivity.

Choose a professional workspace

By recreating what your desk looks like at work, you can remind yourself that working from home is not a vacation. It also helps you to separate your work life from your normal life.

Stay connected with your colleagues

work from home - meeting online

With all the cool telecommuting software’s available these days, it is easier than ever to stay connected. Shoot your colleagues a quick “hello” on your company’s messaging platform or start a “water cooler chat” with Skype or Zoom.

If you work on a team, make sure to check in regularly, just like you would in the office. 

Daily to-do list

Create to-do lists to keep yourself organized and focused, also try to share the status of your work with your supervisor, so they know you’re on top of your work. 

Reward Yourself With Breaks

Whether you work at home or the office, it’s vital to “take regular ‘brain breaks,'” says Hallowell. “The brain is like any other muscle. It needs to rest,” says Kramer. Go for a walk, get some exercise, stretch. Then get back to work.

Invest in the Right Tools

These are just some types of software that will make your new remote work way smoother.

  • Video conference: Skype, Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco Webex
  • Tasks and project management: Air Table, NovaTools, Trello
  • Team communication: Whatsapp online, Slack, Workplace by Facebook
  • Shared documents: Dropbox, Box, GoogleDrive

Minimize Distractions

If you want to increase your work from home productivity you should lower the things which can distract you. For example, you should keep away from social media. Do not use the messaging features of social networking sites as your primary communication channels with the key people in your life. Switch to Slack, Google Hangouts, Whatsapp, or any other messaging app out there.

Eat Healthy and Keep doing Exercise

work from home - doing exercise

As we are all forced to work from home because of this COVID situation to protect our community and ourselves, we should try to stay healthy and fit. Preparing healthy snacks and stocking your fridge with veggies is a great way of making sure that you’re fueling yourself for a productive workday.

Taking small breaks throughout the day to exercise or enroll yourself in an online fitness class can help you be motivated and active during your free time.

Working from home during this time may not be what you planned, but you can make the most out of it. It takes time to get used to the new normal, so give yourself time to adjust to your new work life.