Working from home can go either way, depending on the person. You could make the best use of the situation by staying in a comfortable environment and being at your productive best, or you could waste the entire time and overwork yourself at the end. Here are a few suggestions to help you out.
Tips to perfect the remote working etiquette
Wake up early. Your day depends a lot on how you choose to start your day. You can be at your maximum efficiency if you wake up at your normal hours and wake up early so that you have just a little more time in your hands.
Follow your normal morning routine. Do the things that you normally would do, like take a bath, get some coffee, have your breakfast, and everything else that you would do on a normal day, act like you would be heading out for work.
Treat your workspace like your office. Treat the space that you work in like an actual office. Even if it does not feel like your actual office, tell yourself and make yourself believe that it is so that you can be in the right mood.
Dress formally. You will not want to work as effectively or be even close to being as productive as you can if you are slouching in your casual clothes. Dress how you would normally dress for a day at the office, and you would miss nothing.
Have steady and fast gadgets. Have gadgets like smartphones or computers that are not too slow or too lagging to make your work stretch out. Make sure you are well equipped with the right kind of technology and utilize it to perfection.
Get a good internet connection. Nothing can mess with your head more than a bad internet connection. When your internet is slow, your life plays out in slow motion in front of you, and everything seems so pointless.
Have an aesthetic background. Have a background that makes you want to work and be productive at all times. Switch your background to even make all those video calls and conferences more interesting and keep you interested.
Decorate your desk. Decorate your desk to make it feel like your office desk. Maybe the same stationery, the identical clock, or the notepad that you used to write on. Anything that would make you want to sit on the desk for long.
Create a spreadsheet. Create a detailed spreadsheet and enter your daily progress in it to check how far you are on the deadlines and how many more hours you still have to put in. Make it visually attractive to help you understand.
Take lesser breaks. It is very easy to get carried away and go for breaks every five or ten minutes when you are in the comfort of your home. It not only brings down your productivity as you are distracted, but you will lose out on time.
Do not get up without any reason. Do not get up from your desk without any solid, justified reason. Even if you want to get up from the chair and get a snack or something, make sure you are back immediately after you are done.
Try to have a private space. Work in a space that is dedicated strictly to you, and nobody else has easy access to it. Make sure there are as few disturbances as possible, and you are not distracted easily by what is happening around you.
Use headphones. Headphones are a great tool to help you zone out and streamline your focus. Get a pair of noise cancellation headphones and seclude yourself from all the unnecessary noise and fuss around you.
Stay close to the sun. Staying close to direct sunlight keeps you up, helps you stay motivated, provides a great view, is the best lighting that one can ask for any online conferences and a few other reasons to keep your desk close to the sun.
Quality over quantity. Focus more on quality than on quantity. Just because you are working from home does not mean that you are going to take the entire day to complete something that could be done in a few hours. Finish it during office hours and enjoy your day.
Be in touch with your colleagues. Be in touch with the people that you used to see and talk to every time you would sit at your office desk. Try calling them to know how they are doing and create the office vibe again.
Follow your office routine. Follow the exact routine that you used to follow while going to your office. Wake up at the same hour, start working at the same time and make sure to wrap up everything when it used to be the time to head home.
Have the same passion. Even if the setting is different, even if the environment has changed, it is still the same job. It is still the same work that you are so passionate about, and there is no reason for you to slow down now.
Find what motivates you. Find what motivated you to keep giving your best in the first place and try going back to it now that everyone is in need of some encouragement. Ask yourself what is it that motivates you to do what you do.
Treat it as the new normal. There is no hiding or shying away from the fact that the situation is going to be like this for a long time, and there is no going back to normal for a long time. Accept it as the new normal and carry on.
Use this time. Use this time to be at your maximum efficiency when everyone else and especially your competition, might just be slacking off in their house. It is your time to show everyone how different you are from everyone else.
Do not slack off. Do not take things lightly, do not postpone things, do not procrastinate, and especially do not wait for everything to go back to how it was. You have to start now, and you need to keep trying to do what you do best.
Keep the distractions away. Try to stay away from everything that might act as a distraction and stop you from being completely focused. Your work needs your undivided attention, and you can’t do it if you are distracted.
Stay away from food. Food is the biggest distraction that you will have to deal with during these times. Even if something delicious is cooking in the kitchen, try to keep your head off from it and not think about it all the time.
Get your beverage. Drink the same beverage that you would normally get for yourself during office hours to set you in that same office mood. Also, you might feel really sleepy just sitting at home, so it will help you stay up.
Take a short walk. Take a short walk once in a while to keep you away from feeling sleepy and to give you some time to stretch your muscles and help you feel better from all that sitting down. Make sure not to spend too much time but be back soon.
Start yoga. Staying fit while working from home is a tough job, especially because you have to spend long hours sitting down, and it affects your posture negatively. Start practicing to make sure you do not face any back issues later on.
Multitask. If anyone in today’s time is incapable of multitasking, there are very low chances of him succeeding. Train your body and brain to do just more than one thing at a time and save a lot of time while being productive.
Make good use of music. Music is a great tool to help you concentrate if used properly. Do not use it as a distraction to dance around during office hours but use it to keep the distractions out and help you focus completely on your work.
Have good lighting. Having good lighting is a very subtle way to be more focused, look better and feel better. Try and get as close to the office lighting as possible to give you the real office vibes and get you back on your feet.
Use a gaming chair. Working in these conditions means long hours of just sitting down and doing what you have to put a lot of pressure on your lower back. A gaming chair is the best there is when it comes to protecting your back.
Do not look at the bed or the couch. If you keep staring at the bed or the couch, you would want to lay down even for ten minutes. Those ten minutes will turn into an hour, and there is no coming back once that happens.
Stay clean and fresh. Stay clean and feel fresh at all times to not only stay efficient but also to stay away from feeling sleepy. When you feel fresh, you can get more work done within a shorter span of time because of clear thoughts.
Help your back. Help your back so that it can help you. Do the right kind of exercises, go for walks, stretch out whenever you can, and ever use hot or cold water packs to prevent any kind of pain or tissue damage.
Take things slowly. It is not the same office that you used to go to every single day, and the timings that you used to follow might not be best for you here. Figure out a routine that fits you and helps you stay motivated and productive at all times.
Be grateful. Be grateful for the fact that even in such times when everyone is going through so much and the world is in a mess, you still have a job, and you are safe in the comfort of your house. Value what you have and work diligently.
Be productive with your spare time. Do not waste your free time by just lying down or playing games. Make good use of that time too by doing something creative like learning a new hobby or attending a class to help your brain be active.
Take extra work for your time off. You have all the time in the world right now, and it is high time you started taking more work. Do not over-push yourself but try and find out what your actual potential is by pushing yourself to the limit.
Check up on your health. The most important thing now is to make sure that you are physically fit and emotionally sound. Take all the right measures to make sure that you are healthy at all times and do not miss out on anything important.
Avoid digital entertainment. Digital importance is more than just entertainment. When you consume entertaining content from the same device that you use for work, you will keep thinking about entertainment more than the actual work.
Try to stay away from games. Video games are great but only when you have nothing better to do. They can really get inside your head if you do not have enough control, and you would want to keep going back to even when you are working.
No big meals. Big meals bloat your tummy, making it comfortable to work for longer hours, make you feel heavy, reduce brain function and most importantly, make you want to sleep. You would not want any of that to happen while you’re working.
Stay hydrated. Make sure you are hydrated at all times and drink the right fluids. Try to stay away from soft drinks and go for alternative healthier options to keep you more focused and make you feel fitter.
Be professional. Be very professional, even if you are just sitting in your home. It is very easy to lose your professional edge when you are not in a corporate environment, but you have to make sure that it does not happen very often.
Keep the surroundings clean. Keep your study table, your work desk, your office bag, your entire workspace, and, more importantly, your thoughts clean. You will never be able to perform your best in an unclean environment, so do your best to be hygienic.
No children. Children might be the gift of God, the cutest beings on the planet, and the most adorable little creatures, but they are a big no when you are trying to focus on your work. They can easily distract you, and you would not want that to happen.
Keep smiling. Keep smiling in the meetings, keep smiling at the online conferences, treat and greet everyone with a smile to at least give them a glimmer of hope and positivity in such troublesome times and make their day a bit better.
Use your working glasses. Your eyes are going to take a major blow in this entire thing, and you need to take precautions to protect your eyesight. Get a pair of anti-blue light glasses to protect them against radiation from the screen. Get an extra pair just to be safe.
Get a bigger screen. Getting a bigger screen for your work will put less stress on your eyes, make everything clearer and more vivid, will make it easy for you to look at the screen for a longer time, and overall give you a better work experience.
Talk to your superiors. Be in close touch with your bosses to let them know what has been going on and also to check up on how they have been doing lately. It is a great time for a family-like environment in the office and makes everyone come together.
Help your colleagues. Not everyone is as smart as you, and some of your old friends might struggle with so many alterations and changes. Ask them if they need any help, and always be prepared to give them a hand.
Keep your mind busy. Keep your mind busy with everything related to work so that you neither have the time nor the energy to think about any distractions that might reduce your efficiency in work.
Train at home. Train your body to be more durable and increase your stamina at home. This change is going to be a big one, and it is going to affect your body, so you need to be prepared for what might happen later.
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