Choosing to work remotely has unfortunately no longer become an option due to the outbreak of COVID-19. For many people this means that they may have little to no experience of working remotely, the opportunities it provides and the challenges it brings. Even if you're used to working from home one a day a week, that is quite different from working from home on a much more regular basis.
As you adjust to your new way of working here are some usual tips to help keep you healthy and safe and to continue to be productive in this unknown situation
- Your Working Environment
The first thing to think about when working from home (or remotely) is where will I work? Do I have sufficient space? Do I have a comfortable chair? Will I be free from distractions (children, pets, noisy neighbours and the like?). Make sure your working environment is as comfortable
- Your Routine
Working from home can at first glance have less structure around your working day. So you may find it useful to give yourself a new routine. So get dressed (out of the 'jim jams'), eat breakfast and head to your dedicated work space prepared to have a productive day
You may find it helpful to set a time every day to have lunch (as you won't be operating to office norms) and make sure your colleagues know when that will be (they can't see you at your desk) and be clear about your sign off time if it is not the normal 5pm.
- Stay Focussed
When working remotely you may find it is easier to become distracted by things that are going on around you. Stay focussed on what you have to deliver by agreeing deliverables with your colleagues and your clients. In this way you make yourself accountable for delivering great results and you help demonstrate the intrinsic value of remote working for everyone with whom you work
- Deliver Results
You may find it useful to make a list at the start of the day of all the things you want to achieve, calls you need to make people you need to speak to decisions you need to help you move forward.
Look at this at the end of the day. How did you do? What will you do differently tomorrow to make sure you do better?
- Hang Out With Each Other - Virtually
Working from home can seem or become lonely, even if you are connected. As humans we are social animals so you might like to 'hang out' with each other just as you would at work. Recreate the coffee station chat or after work drinks by having a virtual hang out on line a couple of times a week. Grab a coffee join the VC and chill out together - no need to talk about work, just check in, say how you are doing. Get creative. Ask for help. Have fun!