First, safety. Second, safety, Third, safety.
As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, people are now trying to adjust for the social, economic, and health impacts of the pandemic. Most of the population are being instructed to begin working at home, which is not easy for some as they find it hard to concentrate in the comforts of their residence.
But for the safety of everyone, this has to be done for quite a long while. How do you make sure that you can stay productive at work in a different setting? Here are some helpful tips!
Build a proper workspace
The first thing to look for and build is your workspace. You need to have the complete supply: a desk, a comfortable chair, keyboard, mouse, monitor, a laptop, and more. The goal is to try recreating your office space as much as possible and occupy your surroundings with things that matter and make efficient use of your work.
Make a Routine for Time Management
Establishing a routine is important especially if your work and resting spaces are under the same roof. Mixing work and non-work hours together seem very unreliable, especially if you have an urgent meeting in particular and it collides with either you planning to eat, taking a shower, or planning a short walk outdoors to feel the sun. It gives you a hard time to balance and manage the things you should place in more priority on. To make sure you’re able to get things done, smoothly and productively, create your own schedule. Always have a list or calendar of work tasks, and prepare for meetings in advance. You can plan your off working hours as well if you want to maximize time management.
Practice the Art of Concentration
One of the biggest concerns of people who are not used to remote work is the building up of solid concentration to work since some are claiming that there are a lot of distractions at home. That is an undeniable truth, and it varies on the kind of environment one’s home is. To prevent the worst situations, there are a couple of ways to stay focused.
Remove the unnecessary
Maximize your workspace putting items that are related and important for your work. Remove those that aren’t part of your schedule, including your phone if you’re really having a hard time not looking on that small screen from time to time. Make a quiet environment that helps you mentally gear up for a working mood.
Practice task transitions
It’s understandable to have different needs of things to do in every household. Some could be entirely left alone in their space the entire day which is really great, but those who have more responsibilities such as having a family, or would need time to catch up with significant news about coronavirus, and other specifications can really encounter some work interruption. This is why transitions are important. A balance of light and heavy tasks would be a good method. For example, start with low effort tasks such as going through emails, take a few of your time for a needed household task, and then jump into another task that would need a high amount of concentration. In a way, light tasks serve as little breaks from heavier ones.
Consume brain food and supplements
There are a lot of foods for the brain and memory for you to consume. Fruits and vegetables make up most of the list but coffee and chocolate are included too! You should also consider taking supplements for brain health. A brain enhancer or a cell revival supplement has the ingredients to improve concentration and tolerance to fatigue.
Let The Household Know When You’re Working
A peaceful working space is a very important aspect of remote working. With all the noise and interruptions going on, you’ll not be able to concentrate on your tasks. Make sure to let the household people know that you’re going to start working in given particular hours. Let them know of your breaks as well so they are aware of your availability.
Want to Feel Like You’re Working? Dress Up Like One
If you feel lucky enough to work at home because you can do so even in your pajamas, that might not always be a good principle. Particularly for team meetings that would require video, make sure to dress up for work. There are also people who feel more motivated when they’re wearing something as if they’re going out and would feel the temptation of napping on the couch less. Simple outfits would do; you don’t have to wear too formal clothes. On the other hand, it would also depend on your company’s remote working policies.
Patience is a Virtue
There are two things about patience in remote work amidst the pandemic. First is to do your best, with patience. It’s important to work on things one at a time, focus on the present and be patient with each of them. You can’t finish them up all at once, so pay each of them individual attention and show your boss that no matter the circumstances, you’re always aiming for quality work. The second is to do your best with patience. Learn how to be patient with yourself and everything else that goes on. Right now is a situation that nobody expected and wanted to happen. Do your best to make things a little better with your utmost abilities by being productive with a hopeful heart.
Safety is the most important thing right now because, without this, we won’t be able to do anything for the better. Productivity comes next to it, so don’t worry too much if you are forced to work remotely - it’s for your sake so keep that productivity going with the right practices! Stay safe everyone!