COVID-19 Tips: How to Work Effectively From Home

COVID-19 – How to Work Effectively From Home

Life as we know it has changed. At least, for a short while.

Around the world, many schools, stadiums, museums, offices, bars, restaurants and gyms have closed. For many, this means working from home for the foreseeable future.

Certain types of people love working remotely and believe the increased freedom improves their quality of work. Others, don’t.

Unfortunately, like it or not, many people will have no choice in the matter over the coming weeks, and possibly months.

deVere Insights are here to help! Below you can find 8 great ways to get the most out of your time spent working at home.

1. Set out a routine that suits you

Make a routine and stick to it! Just because your boss isn’t staring over your shoulder, doesn’t mean you should drop your standards. To help yourself stay on task, make sure you map out your daily to-do-list the night before. List what you would like to achieve and within what period. Your list is now your boss. Throughout the day ensure you’re staying on task by referring to the list.

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2. Map your day around when you’re most productive

If you have the flexibility to conduct your working day on your watch, then make the most of that luxury. Working 8:30-5:30 is great for some people. Others prefer to start at 6 am, work solidly until 1 pm, then stop, go for a run, eat lunch, and then start again at 3 pm for two more hours. There’s also the night-owls, who produce their best work when others are sleeping.

Whatever routine suits you best, find it and plan accordingly.

Be sure to also take clear breaks during your working day to keep the brain fresh. You’re not at the office so, if you want to dance, do sit-ups or shadow box for five minutes, you can!

3. Create a workspace

It can be difficult to mentally switch from ‘home mode’ to ‘work mode’ whilst you’re sat in the kitchen. Your home is psychologically a place for rest and relaxation. If you change that suddenly, your brain might get a little confused.

To combat this, you should try to create a workspace. This should be a clean and tidy space where all of your work things are kept.

Try to avoid working from your bed or sofa. Your brain is likely to wind down in these areas making you feel drowsy.

4. Do something before you start work

If your normal day involves waking at 6 am, having a shower, scoffing some breakfast, going to the gym and then walking to work, your brain will have come accustomed to all of these stimuli.

If now, you roll out of bed and walk in your slippers to your desk to begin your day, you are likely to be far less switched on.

Kick start your day with exercise, a shower, good breakfast and whatever else wakes you up.

5. Prevent the urge to continuously check social media

COVID-19 represents the biggest global event in the age of social media. With that in mind, it can be difficult to keep your eyes away from the news, with the story changing around the world, by the hour.

One great tool for minimising the time you spend on websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram is Selfcontrol.

Whether your distractions are websites, desktop apps, or the entire internet, Selfcontrol gives you control over your browsing. It’s simple, create a list of websites you want to avoid, set a timer, and get to work. Once the timer is on, your computer will be unable to access the websites.

6. Stay connected

The shift from working in a bustling office to sitting with your cat all day can be a shock to the system. Some people prefer to work in isolation, others certainly don’t. It’s important if you require and feed off interaction with others, that you stay connected. There are dozens of different ways in which you can do that from sending voice notes to video conferencing.

Don’t let solitude become a problem. Find ways of staying in touch with others wherever possible.

7. Use apps to your advantage

One of the reasons more and more people now work from home, is because of innovative apps.

Trello – Trello is a great way to stay on task. You can visualise what you’ve already achieved, delegate tasks among your team and add targets.

Google Hangouts – Is a great tool for holding remote meetings with colleagues

RescueTime – tracks the time you spend on various websites, helping you cut down on your bad browsing habits.

8. Set a definitive finish time

Use your finish time as a deadline for your working day. Keeping a tight daily schedule will help prevent procrastination. Try to also plan something for after you finish the day. This can include an online yoga class after work, a phone call with family, an online cooking lesson or a board game with your housemates. Separating your working hours with your leisure hours is important, to avoid the feeling of being permanently at home or permanently at work.

We hope these tips were helpful! 

From everyone at the deVere Group, we would like to wish you well during this difficult period.

 

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