We’ve been lucky and had the room to work from home and we’re used to Zoom etc. for meetings with clients and associates. Homeworking for a sustained period will be new for many people and I doubt the time or space existed to set up a fully functioning home office. Here are five tips to get on top of working from home.
- Stay productive and efficient by making three separate lists of three things that: must be done today, that you’d like to get done today and three things you’d like to get done at some point. Review at the start of each day and use as a rolling list to ensure you remain productive.
- Chunk your time during the day. The distractions of working from home will be numerous. Chunk your time into segments and complete a chunk or a task and only then take a break as your reward.
- Agree boundaries with others in your home. Boundaries around space and time so everyone knows what is work and what is play. This can be useful too for children in ringfencing education/home schooling.
- Get comfortable with online ways of staying in touch with colleagues and teams. Whether it’s Zoom, Hangouts, Group chat this is the new normal. Why not try virtual drinks at the end of the week?
- If you do need to make an important video conference call from home, it’s worth knowing that the quality of a wi-fi signal can be affected by using the microwave oven. If you’ve got teenagers in the house, you might want to let them know before you start.
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