Due to the recent Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak, almost 80% of the companies have asked their employees to work from home. For some, working at home can be overwhelming.
Being a freelancer and working from home for the past 6 years, here are 10 Tips our Graphic Designer, Jhunna, has shared on how to go through all that Office-to-Home work transition.
1. Set a good working space.
Ever since I started working online, I started using a separate room in our house and set up an office. I find this essential since my brain tends to work better in a clean, spacious environment. If you don’t have a spare room in your house, make sure to designate even just a small working space in a corner with a desk and a comfortable chair. It works for me every time since a disorganized working space makes me lazy and demotivates me. I personally avoid the couches too.
2. Drink lots of liquids.
Working at home means no fixed time for snack break, which well, ends up making people eat more than they need. Drinking lots of liquid can help you feel fuller, not only that, it also helps you stay awake!
3. Take a break and give time for coffee or tea or whatever it is that makes you feel relaxed.
Yes! Just because you’re working at home doesn’t mean you have to be infront of your computer the whole time. Stretch, relax, nap for 10-15 minutes (but make sure to set the alarm!). Hit that reset button on your brain.
4. When it gets boring, change position.
Working at home and alone can be dull, trust me, it’s not always fun. If the wall on your “home office” already makes you sick (and if you’re using a laptop) move to another location in your house. I usually work outside in our balcony or go to the dining area when I get bored. Outside movement makes me feel less alone, even if it’s just the sound of cars passing by.
5. DON’T work inside your bedroom.
I know majority of the people do this, especially since the bedroom is the most secluded place anyone can use as an office and there’s most likely a desk you can use. But what I’ve come to notice when working in the bedroom is that the bed can be so tempting! You’d only end up working for 5 mins and laying down for 3 hours.
6. Put your phone in another room unless you’re using it for work
or you’ll end up scrolling and chatting 80% of the time.. And close all other social media websites on your computer unless it’s for work.
7. Eat on time.
Sometimes we tend to get caught up on deadlines etc, but really.. skipping or delaying meals will ONLY MAKE YOU eat more and function less.
8. SHOWER early.
Raise your hand if you’re guilty! This should’ve been number one on the list but since I don’t do this, this one is later on my list. lol. Taking a shower early always helps you start the day.
9. If you’re on a scheduled meeting, make sure to let EVERYONE in the house know you’ll be on one.
So they’d be aware when not to turn the volume high or knock on your door especially with kids around. Also, make sure to have backup connection!
10. Give atleast an hour free time before you start working.
I don’t know for the others but this one is a must for me. I always make an extra hour before I start the working day. I treat it like a warm up before an exercise. I enjoy my coffee, I check my social media or just plain enjoy the morning sun.
BONUS: Don’t be afraid to listen to music (when you’re not on a meeting). Upbeat music usually helps motivate me.
Goodluck and enjoy WFH ya’ll and don’t forget to wash your hands! Welcome to my life.
***DISCLAIMER: The above tips are based on my working style, I’m not saying this applies to everyone. In the end, it all depends on whatever floats your boat.