How to Make Your Work from Home More Productive During COVID-19?
To curb the spread of COVID-19, several Governments have imposed lockdown with organizations asking their employees to work from home (WFH). As things stand now, there are high chances of the lockdown and WFH being extended.
While the concept of remote working always existed, for many it is a new experience altogether. Read on to know you can make your WFH more productive during these pressing times.
Create a workspace conducive for WFH
Working from home is vastly different from the office. To get the feel of an office atmosphere, the first step is to create a workspace that’s conducive for WFH. You must work behind the close doors, with no one to disturb you.
Get yourself the right furniture and instead of working on a sofa or bed with your laptop, invest in a desk and an ergonomic work chair. Make sure to keep your workspace tidy.
Once you create the perfect workspace for yourself, get organized. Keep your notepad, pen, mobile charger, and other accessories in place. If you have kids and your spouse is also working from home, divide the time between yourselves to take care of them.
Also, before starting, dress as you would do for office. It will give you a sense of purpose and commitment.
Get a hang of technologies
In difficult times such as these, mastering technology can improve your productivity manifold. Even when you work remotely, you need to connect with colleagues, clients, vendors, and all other stakeholders.
Thankfully, there are technologies such as Google Hangouts and Skype that can help you do so with utmost ease. For project management, you can bank on tools such as Trello and Asana. Mastering them can help in smooth operations.
Plan your workflow in advance
An effective way to enhance productivity during WFH due to COVID-19 is to plan your day in advance. Make sheets listing down the targets to be achieved. Prioritize projects, and make provision for unplanned work-related calls and work from your management.
Avoid switching between tasks, and more importantly, don’t multi-task as it can hamper productivity to a great extent.
Communicate with your manager and team members
While communication is easy when you are in office, the same can be challenging during WFH. Make sure to remain available on calls and messengers to respond to queries. At the same time, if you need clarification, instead of sending emails, make a call.
Ask for a performance evaluation from your seniors and to keep the risk of social isolation at bay do participate in non-work-related videos. If you are managing a team, communicate with your team members often and inquire about their well-being. This will boost their confidence and morale.
The final word
While working from home, make sure to stay committed to your timings and deliverables. Avoid personal work during working hours and ensure to stay away from social media. Switch off social media notifications, which are one of the biggest productivity killers. Stay safe, be vigilant!
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