The ongoing pandemic crisis has made more people than ever start “work from home” which is by far the best possible solution to combat the deadly Coronavirus. Work from home seems very easy as we consider that we can also look after our daily chores and our near and dear ones more easily now alongside our office works but the actual story is quite different especially if one isn’t accustomed with this idea before.
Work from home has many advantages like we don’t have to bear the expense of “transport” every day to reach office. Working from home helps in saving money and we don’t have to deal with crowded bus, trains and fixed deadlines to reach our office within a fixed time or else would be marked late.
The distractions are much less as compared to offices. Office noise like office equipment’s running or coworkers talking, phones ringing altogether create a highly distractive work environment where we can’t concentrate properly but the distractions are negligible while working from our house or apartments as our homes are much more peaceful than an office.
Working from Home also reduces “absence from work” due to its flexibility. Many companies allow us to schedule our own “work hours” which help us to maintain a perfect balance between home and office work. Our little ones and our beloved parents need our care and attention everyday so working from home allows us to be with them.
But sometimes it is very difficult to keep up the “office spirit alive” while working from home because we face issues like “where to work, how to maintain a schedule that will strike a perfect chord between office work and household works and many more.
So, today I am going to share some tips for leading a better and more productive “work from life” based on my experiences.
Maintaining regular work hours is very much important. We need to have a “clear mindset “for when to work and when to call it a day. This would help in maintaining a proper balance between office work and home work. But we should also be flexible when some overtime is needed to complete an important project. Also it is very important to communicate with the company or organization with which you work if you need some help regarding your work like any equipment which is required for your daily office work. It is also important to maintain a work phone or another phone number dedicated only for “office work”.
Waking up and bringing our self” to the chair “from where we work seems very difficult for us so it is better we follow a “morning routine” which would refresh our mind before sitting for work. Taking a short and brisk walk or doing some free hand exercises would help our mind and body get relaxed. A cup of piping hot coffee or tea could also do wonders in kick starting your work day. But people who work a different work schedule especially night shifts can relax their mind by taking good naps during morning and afternoon hours
Divide the household work responsibilities between you and your partner if he/she is also working from home so that if you have a little one or elderly parents they get the right amount of care and attention and which would also help ease the burden of the house hold work.
Our little ones have a very curious mind so it will not be surprising if you see their faces popping up on your laptop webcam sometimes when you are in middle of a very important zoom meeting .So it is very important to make them understand with lots of love that what they cannot do during the time you work. You can bake their favorite cake or pizza or enjoy a movie with them after your work so that they don’t feel neglected.
It is also very necessary to take some short breaks along with a long lunch or dinner break that depends on your work schedule between your works and stretch your hands and legs a little bit to keep your heart and other body parts healthy. Enjoy a brisk walking session to get your blood circulating and also provide your precious eye a break from that constant glaring screen of your laptop.
Sometimes it is also better to leave your house or apartment and continue your work from a nearby coffee shop or parks which is a very common sight in the western countries as it helps in giving us the exposure to the outside fresh air and light which we need to keep our mind and body fresh .But during this pandemic times we need to be very careful if we want to step out .We need to wear masks and maintain a safe distance from other people. If we are allowed to go outside, Of course following all the safety protocols then it would not be a very bad idea. Many apartments nowadays have an inbuilt office area with all the required amenities where people can work in a much relaxed way with a sip of coffee. If you live in any such apartments then you are lucky and you can try this step to keep yourself relaxed.
Last but not the last be positive towards your approach while working from home and always try to be vocal about any need or issues which needs your employer’s attention immediately.