Work From Home Tips
Know your daily priorities
We start our day by sending John a private message about our tasks for the day. I suggest that when you do this, determine 3 or 4 tasks or goals that you want to want to achieve that day. Set your bar lower than normal. Not because you aren’t capable, but because it’s so easy to get pulled in different directions unexpectedly by changing projects or personal demands.
Set up a workspace
I know the idea of working from your bed is very tempting. But how productive will you be, really? One hour of work may well turn into three hours of Tiger King on Netflix. The solution is simple. Use a desk with a comfortable chair. Or improvise with a pillow and a tower of milk crates if you must. Section off a piece of your home and use it as a work-only zone. Hopefully this will prevent home life from bleeding into your work life.
Know how to handle distractions
If you live with kids, pets or a partner, they’ll want attention. There are loads of potential distractions when working from home. You combat them by keeping your schedule in a visible place (I like to have Microsoft To Do open on a second monitor); taking your dogs, kids or partner for a walk before work or at lunch so they can unleash some energy; and wearing noise-cancelling headphones to drown out unwanted distractions.
Get dressed for work
Wearing your work clothes during the day can help you get into the right mindset for work. It’s tempting to roll out of bed and sit at your desk, but before you know it, it’ll be 3pm and you’ll have to dash off to get changed because your boss is video calling you. Don’t do this – save yourself the stress!
Just because we’re social distancing doesn’t mean we have to completely ignore each other! Send each other messages during the day – call it cooler talk if you must. Discuss your week or whatever you normally chit chat about in the office. The DigiGround team came up with the idea of have virtual Friday drinks – that’s something we might consider doing as a team in future. And it’ll stop us from going stir-crazy!
Carve out time for yourself
Working from home can mean you never stop working. As you’ve probably noticed, in the office I work from 9.30 to 5.30. No earlier, no later. But when I’m working from home, it’s harder to clock off at the end of the day. Next thing I know, it’s 6.30 and I’m still working on an email newsletter. Don’t fall into the trap of spending ALL your time working. Your wellness matters too. Create a schedule and let your managers know so they’re aware of when you plan to be actively working.