Funny work from home tips that actually work
Your office space might currently not be accessible. You will be working from home for a while. Naturally, you might be a bit worried if you will be able to be productive working from home and do the best that you are capable of.
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Funny work from home tips for adjustment
1. The first two weeks
Forming a habit takes a couple of weeks or so. Therefore, the first two weeks of working from home might feel a little weird. Just don’t stress about it.
Give yourself time to adjust. Everything will be okay and eventually, you will be able to work and be productive just as before.
2. Focus on the positive side
You can’t deny that there are some amazing upsides to working from home. The most obvious one being that you don’t have to commute to the office anymore.
You have gained some time from all of this and now you can use it in the best way you see fit.
On the other hand, your very own kitchen and fridge are just a few steps away. Now you can take the time to fix yourself a wholesome healthy breakfast every morning. And you can even cook your own lunch.
You might also discover that the calm and silence of your home (if you live alone) actually allow you to concentrate better. Which kind of takes us to our next point.
3. Declare your WFH status and demand respect
Some people in your life might think that just because you are at home, you are free to run errands or do whatever. Tell the people you live with that you are busy with working and you are certainly not free. Ask them to respect your work hours.
4. Mind your mental well-being
The isolation and mental stress can take a toll on you. Acknowledge this and do your best to stay strong. Don’t be afraid to talk to your friends and family about how you feel. They might be feeling the same way and you can share the burden.
5. Remember to move and go out for walks
Don’t get too comfortable. Moving around and going out for walks is just as important. Remember to schedule some mini-breaks and take them. This will help you go through the day, minimize work-related stress, and you will feel more energetic.
6. Stay in touch with people
Talk to your colleagues regularly. Not just about work but about life in general. Stay in touch with friends and family. This will help you fight the loneliness you might feel during your work-from-home situation.
Working from home tips for success
1. Structure your communication
You need to compensate for the lack of face-to-face contact with the people you work with now that you are no longer meeting them in the office on a daily basis. That is why you need to optimize your online communication. Be it email, direct messaging, or project management platforms, make sure that you are diligent, clear, and straight to the point.
2. Video conferences
Of course, you can still see each other talk in real time through video conferences. Make sure to use those strategically, though. Resort to those when you need to rapidly convey information and when you are brainstorming.
This way you will keep such meetings effective. Focus on what needs to be done and turn them into group hangouts.
3. Ask for additional resources and support
Is there something that you need in order to do the work you are supposed to do? Don’t be afraid to ask the management of the company for support and resources. They might be able to supply you with equipment, software, or anything else that you might need.
4. Nourish your creativity
You can continue to innovate and invent. Consume useful content related to your line of work. Continue to sharpen the axe. Take the time to research concepts and ideas, absorb the useful information and adapt it to your work.
5. Additional training and development
Maybe you can ask the management of your company to purchase some useful online courses for you. Now that you have a little bit more free time on your hand since you are not commuting, why not this opportunity to improve your professional skills?
6. Take time off work and take your sick days
Now that your home is your office as well, a little change of scenery every now and then can be helpful. Weekends away and vacations can help you shake off occupational burnout.
Also, don’t work when you are sick. Take your sick days as you are supposed to and focus on your recovery. This way you will restore your health faster and you will be able to return to work, well-rested and more productive.
Work from home productivity tips
1. Identify distractions and eliminate them
A big part of being productive is managing distractions. During your first 2 weeks of adaptation, do your best to find out what distracts you from doing your work. Make a list of all the things that bother you and don’t allow you to focus. Then follow up on that list with possible solutions.
2. Set up a dedicated workspace
You should create your very own home “office” with everything you need to do your work gathered in one place. If possible, use this workstation for work only. This way you will sort of wire your brain to think that this is your productive work spot. After a while, every time you sit there, your brain will switch into work mode.
3. Establish a work schedule
It would be best to follow regular work hours. Thus, establish a domestic routine of getting up at a convenient time and getting busy. Respect the work hours of your company and your colleagues.
4. Plan your work and cultivate structure
You can either use a basic spreadsheet or you can resort to an actual board in case you have one at home. But make the effort to plan what you will be working on and establish milestones of progress. The point is to structure your work-from-home days. This will help you stay focused and on track.
5. Pre-work routine
Once you have done all of the things described above and you are still not feeling like you can just start going at it, then you should establish a pre-work routine that you can follow every day.
Things like making a cup of coffee in the morning, reading the news, and commuting to work have been the little daily triggers that have been telling you that you are going to work. Do a home version of this routine and then get to work. For example, you can do some morning meditation, breathing exercises, and stretching.
6. Report to yourself and be accountable
Of course, all the work from home tips and tricks and hacks that you can possibly find and resort to come down to one thing: your ability to focus and be productive. This is what we call “deep work” and it is that state of mind when you are able to just tune out everything else and just work.
Remember that this is your main goal and this is what matters at the end of the day. Thus, you can start reporting to yourself. You are your own boss of being productive. Hold yourself accountable for your actions and how you use your time.
- Adjusting to working from home takes some time. Give yourself at least two weeks for adaptation.
- Being productive at home comes down to discipline, good work habits, and useful communication.
- If you are able to focus well, you might discover the working from home actually allows you to do even more quality work.
- Make sure that your internet speed at home is good for the work that you do.