Work from Home Tips from a First Timer

This is supposed to be the last day of the quarantine period. I think I have spent quite a bit of time working from home. It is not that different from working at the office. When it comes to working from home, it is all about balance and enjoying the benefits of home.

Below are tips that helped me in the process. Hopefully, these tips will help you maximize your time working out of the office and get into the groove.

Follow the normal work routine

This is the hardest part to adapt. With the technology that allows bosses to communicate and reach you regularly, you may end up working 24/7 (weekends and holidays included). A 9 pm work email/message can wait until the following morning for a response. Know when to log in and log-off. If you get into work at 8:30 am, then don’t log in until 8:30 am. Establishing a limit on the hours of work per day is critical to prevent burnout.

Establish boundaries

Do not interrupt one’s family time or social time to complete pending works. Take days off seriously. Working on weekends/holidays is sometimes necessary, but taking time off can do more for your health, especially this quarantine.

Make sure to take time for lunch, snacks and even breaks

Use a break to go outside for a walk or a Lil’ chit-chat with your family. Breaks can recharge you to do better at work. If you don’t have the work-life balance, you won’t last too long working at home. Allow yourself to take a much-deserved break; it is an excellent way to disconnect from work.

Listen to music

I’m not too fond of silence. For some reason, music motivates me for different tasks. When I need concentration, I go for instrumental music. When I am bored, I go for pop or rock or anything upbeat.

Find your ideal working spot

Just because you are not in the office does not mean you cannot have an office. It can be an empty or spare room. Since most of us do not have the luxury of having a new place to turn into an office, regardless of the space, establish an area that works best. Make sure also to have enough natural light.

Do not work from your bed

It is essential to have a distinction between your relaxing space and working space. This is another productivity killer. While it can be tempting to stay in bed, you will find yourself sitting in a position that could end up back pain.

Pretend like you are going to the office

Get up, get out of your pajamas, take a bath, wear nice clothes, and make a coffee cup. With the right mindset, you will be able to get your work done.

Plan on what you will be working

Projects do take time. Commit to doing more than what you set out to do. Before ending the day, try to write your next day’s schedule. Having a carefully planned day can help you accomplish more of your tasks.

Dive in to-do list as soon as you started working

It can be challenging to keep track of what you have to do throughout the entire day. Stick to your task list. Cross it out after each completed task.

Stay connected

Our team use Messenger as our mode of communication. Learn to communicate as much as possible. Do not be afraid to ask questions if needed for additional clarifications. Make sure to check in regularly, just like you would in the office.

Technology enables remote work

For work-from-home setup, you must have a work laptop (since I do not have one, I am using my personal), a decent Wi-Fi connection, and the right applications. Find out what resources your company will provide and pay for. (Hopefully, my company will reimburse me for these expenses.)

You may find it a little challenging to get settled at first. But yes, you will adapt in no time.