Thursday, Mar 26

How To Effectively Work From Home?

By Nur Azim Syukri Hamzah

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, many countries have implemented and issued a lockdown or partial lockdown. We know it can be sad as some of you may miss your workplace. You may wonder how to work from home. Don’t worry we are here to help with tips that can help you to get the most out of your remote work hours. Get up of your lazy couch and keep on reading! You won’t believe how much you can get done in a day! 


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  • Keep Yourself To Regular Work Hour

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Distinguish between work and home mode. One of the biggest perks of working from home is that you can slowly be moving from bed to the sofa five minutes before you start your job. But keep in mind that this can also be your biggest challenge. This is the first step to ensuring productivity while working from home. It’s tempting to give yourself total flexibility as to when you get started, take breaks, and call it a day.

  • Keep Work Time and Family Time Separate


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If you got kids, it’s important to give yourself time off with your kids when you’ve promised it. Please don’t ever break your promise. You will have a bad day if you break it. Don’t extend the workday too far beyond what you have planned, and get you to the edge of burning yourself out. Keeping work time and personal time compartmentalized also helps you keep productive while you’re at work, and reduces stress when you aren’t at work. For example, if you like to take evenings to spend time with family, make sure you communicate that you aren’t available for work during that time. And then hold yourself to that commitment!


  • Plan Your Workflow


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One surefire way to keep productivity up is to get smart about planning your workday. Before you even start working, make sure you know what your priorities are for the day, how long you think it will take you to get everything done, and what you will work on if you have extra time. You might find it helpful to take a few minutes before you go to bed to plan for the next day. You may find that you sleep better without the stress of planning in the back of your mind.

  • Break Up The Day

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If you followed the last step, then you’ll have already planned breaks for yourself throughout the day. Make sure you get up from your desk during those breaks–get some fresh air, grab a healthful snack, and talk with another human being or kids if at all possible. Trust me you that that communication time. All of these activities will help you reset, get your blood flowing, and make sure you’re ready to tackle the next chunk of tasks. Call it your tea break.


  • Deal With Distractions Well During Work From Home

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We know it can be chaos at home and it’s crucial to set boundaries with your kids when working remotely, especially if they’re school-aged. it may be helpful to allow your kids to watch more TV and play more games than usual in order to keep them occupied. Plus you could also plan an art session for the kids. Trust me its worth a try. Just try to keep them busy and occupied.


  • Don’t Lose Touch With Your Work Friends

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If you have a strong social life at work, don’t let working remotely take that away. If you can’t get together in person, then take advantage of the increasingly useful and innovative tools available from workplaces like Slack and Zoom Video Communications to interact with video and audio in large groups.


  • Make Working From Home Comfortable

Do what you can to make your workspace at home as comfortable and functional as possible. Working from home for eight hours per day in a bad chair can do an immense amount of damage to your body and your attitude. Some tips on this buy a donut and put it beside you. The donut can be a great companion during your work from home.


  • Set Goals and Beat Them!

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To keep yourself motivated, it’s helpful to set some aspirational goals for how much work you hope to get done in a given day. Keep records of what you do, and then see if you can top your personal best from day to day.


  • It’s Okay! Cut Yourself Some Slack! 

You’re not going to be as efficient or productive in getting work done from home as you were at the office. Don’t get down on yourself because of that. Even if you feel like you’re getting nothing done at first, you’ll eventually get the hang of things and find your bearings.


Good luck!

If you’re working from home for the first time and it has you in a near-panic, you’re not alone. Have the confidence to know that you will get through this tough first stage and find success sooner than you think.


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