How to Make Your Work at Home Comfortable
With the second wave of quarantine, most IT companies transferred their work to remote locations again. From our experience of working in a remote format, we decided to share some tips on how to make work at home more comfortable and efficient.
Tip 1. Concentrate
Running a tight ship is a way to success. It’s a well-known fact that working from home can be very difficult due to the many distractions. This is human psychology.
For this reason, you need to develop willpower. Without willpower, there is no point in planning a daily routine, putting reminders on your phone and downloading time management applications. You will simply ignore the work time signals.
We advise you to have triggers that will create the working environment: a well-organized working desk, the same cup of coffee or tea, your favorite work notebook with notes, and so on. These attributes should always be present when you work.
Tip 2. Plan your work day!
All experienced “remote workers” say that the efficiency of work from home depends entirely on the detailed planning, including small cases.
How to work more efficiently – short blocks of time with 5-10 minute breaks in between, long blocks with one or two big breaks for lunch and household chores, or one not very long but very intense block without breaks? There are many tips on this, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution. You need to find your own mode that suits you.
It all depends on:
- nature and intensity of tasks
- do you have to comply with strict working hours
- situations at home
- your ability to concentrate
Remember that the work plan can always be changed to suit your needs.
Tip 3. Create a workspace
If you’re lucky with space, you can change your work location multiple times per day. Work on the couch in one room, then in an armchair in another, then in the kitchen.
It’s better to move around for a change. But experienced remote workers mostly assign a specific place to work in the apartment and work only there. This is a psychological decision: otherwise, you can fall into the trap of endless work.
The work will gradually begin to take up all of your space and time.
Tip 4. Separate work and personal time
Working from home makes it even more difficult to separate work and personal time. In the absence of a manager who controls the work process, it is difficult to focus on work. Especially for those who do not live alone, there can be many other distractions in the environment, including family, animals, and even neighbors.
Another important point, for those who are especially focused and passionate about work,it’s difficult to stop working on time. The boundaries of the transition between work and home are being erased. Therefore, remember that at the end of working hours you should turn off all work notifications and enjoy your free time.
Tip 5. Don’t forget to communicate with your team
Try to call your friends and colleagues more often, at least by video. Do not limit yourself to correspondence and purely work topics even if you are used to joking with each other and sharing personal news.
Also, remember that the effectiveness of remote work, as well as whether you feel like part of a team, does not depend only on you. It also largely depends on how successfully the work processes are built.
If you don’t like working remotely and miss the office a lot, remember that your forced isolation is temporary. You will return to your workspace. But the fact that you tried a different format of work is a rewarding experience.