Millions of Americans have found themselves working from home as officials and businesses work to limit the spread of COVID-19. If you haven’t worked from home before, this might be a difficult transition. In today’s post, we want to cover some ways to work from home effectively.
Create A Workspace
Not every home has space for a designated office. With that said, creating a functional workspace is crucial for success. The easiest way to create workspace is to get a desk and rearrange your living space. If you have an additional room that will give you privacy, even better. If you do not have a spare room or room for another piece of furniture, then your kitchen table will suffice.
Minimize Outside Distraction
Working from home can have its share of distractions. Between spouses, kids, and pets, there is a multitude of ways for your attention to wander. Make sure you establish some ground rules with the people who share the space with you. For example, walk your dog when you might take a 10 minute or lunch break. This way, you’re not having to stop what you’re doing to attend to other things. It is also worth investing in a pair of noise-canceling headphones to block out noises.
Have a stable, fast internet connection to your workplace is a necessity for success at working from home. If your connection is slow while on WiFi, hook your laptop up to your router with an Ethernet cord. Some laptops don’t have a built-in Ethernet port and will require adapters. Contact a local Computer Warriors for assistance if you need the proper adapter.
Don’t stay cooped up in your home all the time. Your body needs to move, fresh air, and some sunlight. Take a walk at lunch. Getting out of the house will keep your mind fresh and help your overall productivity.
Work Your Normal Hours
Maintaining a work-life balance is difficult for remote workers because they are always able to access their work. This can result in working nights and weekends when you usually wouldn’t be. If you worked 8 to 5 in the office, work that at home. Maintain your regular routines and schedules.
As a remote worker, you must overcommunicate. Make sure your superiors know your schedule and availability. When you finish a project or task, let the proper people know. As a remote worker, it can be easy to be out of sight, out of mind. Send regular email updates and reminders to your coworkers, especially when you need things.
With the rapid push to make as many jobs remote as possible, equipment might be limited. For example, if your company did not provide you with a phone, get a free number or a phone app. Google Voice and Skype provide telephone numbers that are VoIP (or making calls over the internet). Having a separate work line with also help maintain that work-life balance mentioned earlier.
Be Heard In Meetings
Video conferencing is a staple in remote work. However, since you’re not in the room, it can be easy to drift off. Make sure you pay attention to any meeting you are apart of by not playing on your phone or having multiple windows on your computer open. Another way to stay effective during a meeting: turn your camera on. Letting people see your face helps ease virtual communication and makes meetings run smoother than just a bunch of black screens.
If you need any help or have any questions about working remotely, don’t hesitate to give Computer Warriors a call. We have a staff who can help you and a sister company Computer Warriors IT Support that can help your business convert you into a remote worker if they need assistance. If you found this article interesting or helpful, check out our other posts!