Working from home? Tips and Strategies to Help you Stay Productive

As a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, a period of working from home has become increasingly inevitable for many companies as millions of workers, including government employees, will experience remote work for the first time in their work life.

This period of remote work is an exciting one for us at AffordableLaw as a majority of the workforce would embrace entrepreneurship. New entrepreneurs would emerge, babies (ideas) would be born and we have never been better equipped to support them with tailor-made legal solutions. The reality of working from home has been intensified, to which effect we have curated some tips and strategies to help you stay productive whilst working from home.

Start Early. When working from home, the transition from your pillow to your laptop can be slow and fruitless. Try to start your day at a set time, whether it’s 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. Get into work mode during working hours. Believe it or not, one way to work from home productively is to dive into your to-do list as soon as you wake up. Simply getting a project started first thing in the morning can be the key to making progress on it gradually throughout the day. Otherwise, you’ll have breakfast at 11am, settle into work at 1pm and let the sluggishness wear away your motivation.

Get a Dedicated Workstation. Just because you’re not working at an office doesn’t mean you can’t, well, have an office. Rather than lying around on your bed or on the couch — spaces that are associated with leisure time — dedicate a specific room or surface in your home to work. The key is to have a workstation that resembles your office setup as much as possible. You don’t even need a private room; it can be a designated area in your home — far away from the bed and couch, if possible — that basically says: “NO RELAXATION ZONE.”

Structure your Day. When working from home, you’re your own personal manager. Without things like an in-person meeting schedule to break up your day, you can be quick to lose focus or burn out. That’s why you need structure — a consistent schedule that you’re strict about — to prevent distractions from disturbing your workflow. The easiest way to do this is to create a to-do list for each day. It should include very specific, measurable and achievable tasks.

Move around your Natural Schedule. Some people peak in the morning, others in the afternoon. Nobody sprints through their work from morning to evening — your motivation will naturally ebb and flow throughout the day. When you’re working from home, however, it’s all the more important to know when those ebbs and flows will take place and plan your schedule around it.

Stay in Touch and Communicate Expectations. Making sure everyone on your team takes part in the conversation about what they’re working on, assignment statuses, as well as their concerns and issues, would bring peace of mind. It ensures that nothing gets lost in translation and that no one feels neglected. In an age of technology, working from home does not have to mean working in isolation. If you would typically have a weekly team meeting, you can still have the team meeting via lots of different technology (eg. Zoom / Skype for Business etc.).

Keep a Pen and Paper Handy. Write down ideas, projects, goals and anything that springs to mind. Then have a pinboard to stick them on. Look at it twice a week to refresh your mind of things that could be done sometime. Some of the best work you’ll ever do will come from random bits of inspiration. Writing down your thoughts serve two purposes; it helps you remember them at a future date and it helps you free up space for more thoughts.

Stay Healthy. When you are asked to work from home, there’s bound to be less physical activity: No conference meeting rooms to walk to, no coworkers to chat with and no long walks to the printer. There’s little activity that your body is doing, and so it does not get a chance to burn the unnecessary fat. It can be easy to wander into the kitchen when you know it’s packed with treats, so keep temptation at bay by buying fresh fruits and vegetables, and keeping the junk food out of sight. Stock up for the quarantine period with healthy food only. Choose a convenient hour or time to devote to workouts and physical activities. This could be before you set off for the days work at home or during your short breaks.

Align work schedules with family. Working from home all of a sudden can be a major adjustment. Coordinate with your partner, children, or roommate on work schedules and designate chores accordingly.

As stock markets take a hit and companies consider downsizing or implementing pay cuts to cushion the effects of the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic, this is the time to take your side hustle seriously or start one. Whatever the case we are rooting for you. Whether you are starting, protecting or scaling your small business during this lockdown, we have got you covered at www.affordablelaw.ng.

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