May 01, 2020 How to efficiently telework (Part 2)
1. Get started early
When working in an office, your morning commute can help you wake up and feel ready to work by the time you get to your desk. At home, the transition from your pillow to your computer can be more ambiguous. Try diving 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 solid progress. Otherwise, you’ll prolong breakfast and let the morning sluggishness wear away your motivation.
2. Pretend like you are going into the office
The mental association you make between work and an office can make you more productive, and there’s no reason that feeling should be lost when telecommuting.
When working from home, do all the things you’d do to prepare for an office role. Set your alarm, make coffee, and wear nice clothes. Internet browsers like Google Chrome even allow you to set up multiple accounts with different toolbars. For example, you can utilize a toolbar for home and a separate toolbar for work.
3. Structure your day like you would in office
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.To stay on schedule, segment what you’ll do and when over the course of the day. If you have an online calendar, create personal events and reminders that tell you when to shift gears and start on new tasks. Google Calendar makes this easy.
4. Make it harder for you to mess around on social media
Social media is designed to make it easy for you to open and browse quickly.
At work, though, this can be detrimental to your productivity. To counteract your social networks’ ease of use during work hours, remove them from your browser shortcuts and logout of personal accounts or at least turn-off notifications.
5. Time & Project Management
Manage your short and long-term projects effectively. Projects often take longer than you expect, especially now with the effects of the pandemic on the supply chain. Give yourself and your clientele plenty of cushion when it comes to lead times. Doesn’t make sense to make promises about delivery times when there are lots of variables at play. You might also need to factor whether you’re relying on a network of individuals who are also WFH who may still be adjusting. You should also set aggressive goals for what you wish to accomplish daily and weekly. Even if you come up short of your goal, you’ll still be able to confirm a solid list of tasks filed under ‘complete.’
Spending time figuring out what you’ll do each day is the result of lack of planning. And, you’ll have planned your task list so recently that you can be tempted to change your schedule on the fly.It’s important to let your agenda change if you need it to, but it’s equally as important to commit to an agenda that outlines every assignment before you begin. Try solidifying your schedule the day before, making it feel more official when you wake up the next day to get started on it.
7. Use technology to stay connected
Working from home might help you focus on your work in the short term, but it can also make you feel cut off the larger operation happening in the office. Instant messaging and videoconferencing tools can make it easy to check in with coworkers and remind you how your work is contributing to the big picture. With the proper tools you can also share to-do lists and manage streams for specific teams/projects as well.
8. Don’t just stay stuck at home
Take a break, walk to the local convenience store or just take a couple of minutes stroll around your neighborhood. My teammates and I all know when we take lunch as our presence is set on our CIRCLE apps accordlngly.
I was shamelessly skateboarding and playing frisbee with the kids on my lunch break the other day which I could never do before! Let’s make the best of it!