It’s time to be responsible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are working remotely, take note of some tips to help you to stay collaborative and productive.
Working from home is different than working in an office, but you can still make it fun and above all productive.
At Clarika, we have teams that apply this method daily, following Agile SCRUM processes to guarantee reliable delivery on time and budget.
Here are several tips for working from home effectively that you can use to make this period of your life as advantageous as possible.
1. Get dressed
Dress as you go to the office. When you first start working from home, you will likely feel zero urge to get dressed, we highly recommend not doing this.
2. Minimize distractions
Maintain a routine. Working from home can create a lot of distractions, so try to stick to a schedule and minimize social media distractions. Background noise will happen, there will be unexpected interruptions; expect these to happen.
3. Create “work” triggers for your brain
When you’re working remotely, you can create “start the day” triggers that get your head ready for work in a similar way, like exercising, reading the news, or making a cup of coffee or tea.
4. Type a to-do list
Write your list instead of just having it in your head. You won’t have to devote headspace to constantly remembering what you have to do, and the pleasure of crossing tasks off your list can help you stay motivated.
5. Make a schedule for everything
Remote work requires a schedule much like a typical office job, except you’re the only one holding yourself accountable.
When creating your schedule, take into account the other commitments in your life and find a routine that lets you take care of those as well.
6. Communicate with your team
There are endless tools for making remote work efficient in today’s world. At Clarika, we use Google Hangouts Meet, Slack, Zoom and other platforms to staying connected builds comradery and lifts spirits.
7. Be courteous and understanding
Do your best to exercise compassion for yourself and others.
This is our new way of working for the moment, but not an excuse to slack off! Maintain your highest quality of work.