The dreaded COVID-19 pandemic has shut down many workplaces and many employees around the globe have been asked to work from their homes. Working from home can be great—it allows for increased flexibility, cuts out commute time and costs, and provides us with more control over our own workdays. On the contrary, working without the built-in discipline of the office for the first time is tough and can throw up challenges around productivity, alignment, and communication.
We caught up with our recent international and Australian recruits to see how they were doing and how they were coping with the sudden change and working from home.
A few of them said they found it enjoyable and easy to adjust to the new way of operating and they feel that they are more productive when working from home, while the majority said they were having issues with adjusting and getting into their usual work groove. Those struggling with the transition to working from home said the sudden change threw them off their stride and it took them a couple of days to a week to adjust and really kick into gear because most of them were used to attending classes physically and going to the office rather than working virtually. They also mentioned that their homes were not setup to support working from home and their overall performance stats have taken a hit ever since they started working from home.
If you are one of the many people that are currently working from home and you are finding it hard to keep motivated and remain productive, here are some tips to help you remain motivated and increase your overall productivity.
- Choose a Dedicated Workspace
Carve out some uncluttered space for yourself away from distractions to set up your computer and anything else you need to do your work. Avoid sitting in your bed or in front of the television because it is unlikely that you will be very productive. Having a dedicated workspace at home helps you create an office ambiance and it helps you get into the right frame of mind.
- Make a Schedule
Plan out your daily schedule ahead of time and organise your day just like you would in the office. If you set out clear objectives for the day ahead, you are more likely to stay focused and avoid hopping from one project to another. This will keep you on track with your workload and help you achieve your deadlines. To help you keep track of your work, you can write things down or use productivity apps like Trello to keep you organized around priorities.
- Stick to your routines
When working from home, there can often be little motivation to get up at a reasonable time and start work early. Get up early to shower and get dressed as though you’re going to the office, make your morning cup of coffee or whatever morning ritual you need to do to get ready for work. Waking up early to get ready for the day like you are going to the office will get you in the right mindset and routine that encourages productivity.
- Use Technology to Stay Connected
It can be easy to feel alienated and disconnected from what’s going on in the business when you work from home. This can take a toll on the existing communication and working relationships; therefore, it is important to check in with your colleagues and interact with others virtually to stay in the loop and maintain relationships. Now more than ever when most employees are self-isolating, it is important to stay connected and an easier way to do this is through leveraging on virtual tools and apps such as Slack, Zoom, GoogleHangouts or Skype to check in with co-workers.
At Australiance, we have daily catchup meetings each morning where we check on each other and share what we’re working on for the day. It helps keep everyone connected with and reminds us of how our work is contributing to the big picture.
- Remember to Log Off!
With no colleagues around to keep you aware of the time, it is easy to fall into the trap of overworking once you get into your workflow and this could lead to burning out which in turn affects your motivation and productivity in the long run.Therefore, it is important that you schedule your work and time effectively and pick a definitive finishing time each day and stick toit. Allow yourself to have downtime to create a work-life balance and mentally close the door on your work.
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