As with most other things, there are pros and cons associated with working from home too. During 2020, there was no way out but to work from home to maintain social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While working from the office poses the disruptions caused by colleagues dropping by for a chat and breaking your concentration, working from home has its own share of challenges too.
While a major advantage of working from home is foregoing the daily commute to and fro from the office, it also means there is no peer pressure to get stuff done. Separating home life from office work can get challenging too. To help you work better from home, here are a few tips:
The most important factor for effective working from home is having access to a good broadband connection offering sufficient speeds to match your needs. After all you wouldn’t want lag when you are having a video conference with the office. Unlimited fiber connections are better in such a situation.
You will need to set up a designated space for your home office. Working from the sofa or kitchen counter isn’t conducive to productive work and can serve as a distraction. To stay focused on work, you need to create a boundary between your home office and home life.
Create a schedule
It’s easy to forego work discipline when working from home. For productive work and timely completion of projects, do create a work schedule and stick to it. Don’t let work from home mean you are stuck to your computer all day! Just like any regular working day, you should have a designated time for office work as well as for family life.
Just like you would at the office, you need to take breaks once in a while as your brain needs a break too. You will come back fresher for having taken the break! You can fix lunch, read the newspaper or play with the kids.
Stay connected with your colleagues and stay motivated. Regular chats with your colleagues will keep the team spirits up, and keep you productive. It will also increase your visibility, a necessity for promotions.