Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of companies are now implementing the Work From Home (WFH) scheme. I've been working from home for more than two months now. Since the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was implemented, I was blessed enough to have resources to be able to work on the comfort of our home.

To be able to work and able to earn money during this time of uncertainty, I am beyond grateful. As a return even though I am working remotely full-time because of a health situation it’s important to ensure that I am set up to be productive.

As I am getting used to working from home, here are the tips that helped me to work from home productively and efficiently.

Pin for later

1. Get a good night sleep

This is the thing that most of us, even I neglecting. Go to bed and wake up at a consistent time helped me to be more motivated  the next day.  I am getting used to sleep around 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM and wake up at 5:00 in the morning. In that way, I have sufficient time to get ready for work the next day.

2. Start your day with a clear head/mind

Do something for yourself at the start of the day. The last thing that we want to do is to go straight to work after waking up. Have a morning routine solely focused on yourself. I do stretches and workout if possible every morning ( I am  joining the Chloe Ting challenge bandwagon). I always make a point to eat breakfast and drink some tea or coffee depends on the mood.

3. Get ready for the day

This is in conjunction with point number two. For me, it is important to get yourself ready for work. It will help you get in the right headspace for work. It can be as simple as taking a bath and wearing comfortable clothes.

4. Have a dedicated workspace

Having a separate workspace is essential for working from home. It separates from  the "work  mode" to "chill mode".  Have a mini table and set it up as your work station, if not possible you may use the dining table. If the only option is your bed, what I can  suggest is to sit perpendicular to your sleeping positions. 

5. Write a to-do list / Have a work schedule

This depends on the type of the work that you have. If you have a 9 to 5 job, you should stick your work schedule like I do. On  the other hand, if you are a freelancer, it would be really helpful if you have a to - do list of the things that needs to be accomplished for you to be organized and get things done.

6. Focus one thing at a time

I know multi-tasking is important, however if you want to have more things to be done you need to focus one thing at a time. This will reduce errors and confusions. If you are doing your task simultaneously the tendency is your mind is jumping all over the place and will be hard to refocus.

7. Minimize distractions

Be self aware of the distractions that is around you while working. I cannot say to remove the distractions because that is inevitable, so the best thing to do is to be aware and if possible minimize it. If you are easily distracted with your phone, try to put it far from your workstation. It is important to let your family know your set up. Tell them if there is a need to minimize their voices that really help to avoid distractions.

8 . Take a break

Taking a break if the things go out of hand is important. Having a dedicated schedule for your lunch break and short breaks helps to prevent burnout. I also suggest is to stand and do some stretches if you are sitting for a long period of time.

These  are the tips that are really helpful for me to work from home effectively. This might sound simple but believe me, this is easier said than done.

How about you, are you also working from home? What are your other tips to be more efficient? Let me know on the comment section below.

No comments