It is said that things can change in a blink of an eye. This is exactly what happened over the last few months. The world is going through a situation that most people would never imagine that they might witness in their lifetime. Unprecedentedly, hospitals are overloaded, companies changed their way of doing work and cities are in complete lockdown. While waiting for this pandemic to pass and in line with the government instructions and as an effort to be socially responsible and safe, most people are currently working from home.
While trying to adjust to the new work situation, a lot of people reported facing some difficulties. However, many studies have shown that working from home has many benefits, and once there is a system set in place, employees start to adjust and see the bright side of working from home!
We have put togethera few tips to help you navigate through the ups and downs of working from home, along with a few applications that you would find useful!
Create and maintain a system:
It is essential to create a sustainable system to help you being productive. Wake up early and prepare a healthy and nutritious breakfast, this will set the pace for the rest of your day. Make sure you get dressed up even if you’re staying at home, you will be surprised at how this simple step can affect your mood and productivity, and don’t forget to set up a work space that is comfortable and convenient for you.
Define clear “Punch in” and “Punch out” times:
Since working from home removes the stress of daily commute and traffic, some people lose track of “work time” and “personal time”, and find themselves working more hours than they do while working from office. Make sure you are giving your full attention and focus to work during working hours, and remember to mentally log out when work hours are over.
Communicate with your colleagues:
Working from home is not a new concept, a lot of people work remotely on daily basis. Most of us must have tried working from home on more than one occasion. However, pair working from home during a pandemic with being unable to leave the house (Be responsible! Social distancing is a thing people should do.) and you will see levels of stress starting to skyrocket! Make sure you maintain social contact through video conferencing. It is essential that you still talk to your colleagues through the various applications available. This will not only help the work process go more smoothly, it will also enhance mood, creativity and productivity! The most popular applications that are being used now are Zoom and Microsoft Teams. These apps were designed for video conferencing and you will find them useful in trying to stay connected!
Take care of yourself, physically and mentally:
It is not easy trying to stay productive while being in the middle of a pandemic, worrying about your health and the health of your loved ones, and trying to maintain healthy habits. Practice mindfulness, try to relieve stress through exercise and meditation, and remember to take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. Eat healthy and make sure you’re getting enough sleep. This will not only help you physically, it will also enhance the quality of your work. An application that we like for meditation is Calm. You can also check out guided meditation videos widely available on YouTube!
Don’t forget the importance of physical activity:
We are spending all day indoors which means reduced physical activity. There are various ways that you can stay active at home, like connecting with your local fitness group through video sessions, subscribing to fitness plans provided by professional trainers or following one of the many free exercise videos on YouTube! The important thing to keep in mind is that physical activity is essential in relieving stress, enhancing sleep and increasing productivity!
We hope you are all using this chance which we might not get again to reorganize your life and thoughts, and reconnecting with yourself while making the most of the newly found free time!
Remember that this will not last, be strong, be safe and stay home!
Social Media Executive