How can you structure your day to effectively work from home? As we face the Coronavirus, more of us are either self-isolating or working from home since the closure of schools and gatherings. For many, working from home is a big step into an unknown world outside of office boundaries. Here’s how you can structure your day and get all the boxes ticked, keeping your boss happy, your health secure and your mental state in check.
How to work from home tip one: Have a dedicated work space
Working from the kitchen and then the bedroom and then outside can create a lot of distraction. When it is time for business, have a dedicated space for work.
How to work from home tip two: Establish a routine
Just because you get to be in your PJs doesn’t mean you should spend your days neglecting yourself. Have a routine and stick to it. This includes waking up at the same time each day and dedicating sections of time in your day to work, breaks and meals. Structure is key for productivity.
How to work from home tip three: Have a check-list of daily tasks or work deadlines
It is easy for many people to get overwhelmed, or underwhelmed, when they are not faced with their usual office routine of mails and meetings and a boss or colleagues watching your every move. Creating a daily check-list of work that has to be done can help keep you on track.
How to work from home tip four: Start with the most important first
With South Africa also facing load-shedding, internet access and power can be a problem at certain times of day. The kids may be at home and demand attention or some crisis may come up, making it easy to drop the ball on important work that you should have done. Create a daily task list of what your job or boss is expecting of you for the day, starting with the most important work-related tasks. Get those done first before any distractions demand your time.
How to work from home tip five : Have the right tools
At the office, you have everything you need to do your job. This may not be the same at home. Especially if you’ve not been planning to work from home. Do a check of the most important things you need to work from home and make sure those are in place.
How to work from home tip six: Communicate effectively
Keep your boss and colleagues in the loop with what you’re working on and when tasks are done. Don’t go off the grid and leave them wondering if you’re doing what you should be doing. This can be as simple as daily email listing what you’re working on and what you need from others in order to complete tasks.
How to work from home tip seven: Manage expectations
From your boss, your colleagues and your family – who may be home with you. It can be draining to manage work and family all in once space so manage the expectations they have.