Due to the unfortunate spread of COVID-19, most of us find ourselves working from home these days, unsure of when life will get back to normal.
While remote working appeals to many people, the opportunity comes with a lot of stress. When you’re working from home, the expectations from work are the same, but the work environment is not. This transition from office-job to work from home is not as easy, but the key to success is to create an environment that lets you be productive and focused on the tasks at hand.
Based on our experience and dozens of discussions with our remote employees and work professionals, below, we have compiled our checklist of top 5 dos and don’ts of remote working. By following the list, you’ll be able to enjoy your work more without disturbing the balance between your professional and personal life.
Here are our top do’s and don’ts for successful remote working experience.
Do Communicate Regularly
Communication is the most important key when it comes to the success of any remote work program. Teamwork has always been an essential aspect of any business, and when you are working from home, you might lose the concept of it.
While working remotely, it doesn’t mean that you’re working ‘on your own’ and don’t have access to important files or don’t have a team to coordinate with anymore, in fact, it is the complete opposite of it. Detailed communication is vital when all of the employees are working remotely, as this will ensure coordination and effective achievement of the tasks.
Do Dress Appropriately
Spending the entire day, especially work hours, in your pajamas won’t benefit your state of mind or productivity. While it is unnecessary to dress up in your usual office attire for work from home hours, it is a good idea to wear something presentable. Making a little effort like showering and brushing your hair will put you in a good mood and will increase your productivity at work.
Do Set Regular Working Hours
While it is important not to force yourself to work from 9-5, as the whole point of remote working is flexible work hours, but also don’t get carried away and lose track of time. Set up a regular schedule, at a time you feel the most productive and creative, so it will help you switch your headspace into work mode when it is time to work and play mode when it is time to enjoy your personal plans.
Don’t Check Your Social Media
Let’s accept it! Social media is highly addictive, and you lose track of time as soon as you open one of your social media accounts to have a quick look at that one notification. Endless scrolling then begins and all of a sudden you realize you’ve lost an hour of your work time. This is a vicious cycle you don’t want yourself to get in.
To avoid this from happening, you can set up times when you’re allowed to check your phone, or you can use time tracking apps to alert you when you exceed your screen time.
Don’t Turn The TV On
Many people don’t like working in quiet places and love the hustle and bustle of the office places. For this reason, many remote workers choose to work in an area that has background noises – to replicate the chattering sounds of the workplace – and might turn their TVs on to create the effect. But, switching to your favorite TV show on Netflix is likely going to be a big distraction and a significant hindrance in getting your work done on time. Even if you’re on break and decide to watch just one episode of the show you like, you might end up watching it for the rest of the day.
These are some of the most important dos and don’ts when working from home. If you make sure you’re following the checklist, you’re bound to become way more productive at work.