Do’s and Don’ts of Working from Home: A Remote Worker’s Guide

With a growing number of companies and people opting for remote working, #workingfromhome has become a common trend across the globe. As a result of the recent Corona virus outbreak has made it compulsory for us all to go into self-isolation. Companies and individuals across the world – from a range of industries have been left with no option but to perform their daily duties from their homes.

This may be extremely overwhelming for those who are not used to this kind of setup, so we have listed a few do’s and don’ts of working from home during this period.

Do’s:

  • Set daily, weekly and/or monthly goals. Having a clear indication of what you need to work on for the day, next few days, or weeks, will keep you motivated and on track.
  • Consistent communication with your colleagues is key; this helps each member on the team up stay up to date with everything that’s going on.
  • A lot of us know of the saying ‘the early bird catches the worm’, well, it has proven to be correct multiple times. While working from home, getting started early is extremely essential mainly because you manage to get a great deal of work done while your mind is still fresh and also because you get to finish with your daily tasks early (allowing you to ditch sitting at a desk for really long hours).
  • Take regular breaks. In a lot of cases, people who work from home tend to forget to take short breaks or their lunch break. It’s very easy for one to be glued to their desk for hours without taking a break from their screen, this could slow down productivity. Taking a break or more than one short break to breath and, stretch your legs etc is important.
  • Find a fire playlist. People tend to downplay how calming working with good music is. Put together a few playlists made up of songs from some of your favourite artists while getting some work done.
  • Lastly, make the most of the flexibility!

Don’ts:

  • Thinking you’re on leave and allowing yourself to let your workday slip away. As fun and comfortable working from home may be, never mistake this for being on leave! Keep all the fun, personal activities and outings for after working hours and weekends.
  • Do not procrastinate; this may turn out to be your biggest enemy and hardest battle to fight while working from home because of all the distractions that you’ll be surrounded by.
  • Never work from your bed. The best thing to do is wake up and get dressed as if you’re leaving the house and heading to the office.
  • Spending hours on social media unnecessarily, this will slow down your productivity.
  • Handle household chores or personal matters during working hours. Setting apart your working hours from your leisure time is one of the most important things to do. Doing a bit of both is highly distracting and can affect your work performance.
  • Lastly, don’t forget that you’re still employed and need to get work done – regardless of the setup.

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