So, you’ve got the basics down for starting to work from home, but, you feel like you’ve run out of ideas. Here are a few to make sure you are truly making the most out of your new comfortable place of work.
- Keep yourself in the loop
What does this mean? This means contributing to group conversations and actively answering and giving feedback or your opinion as necesarry. This isn’t that WhatsApp group that you were added to where 1000 messages are sent and you completely forget what the whole point of the group is for. This is work. Stay focused and stay motivated.
- Don’t be afraid to start conversations
This ties in with the point on this list. However it’s not quite the same. Although most of us are now working from home, this doesn’t mean you have to iscolate yourself socially as well. Don’t be afraid to shoot a message to a colleague for light chit chat. Commeradery in the “office” is something that does help with productivy. Remember, a happy worker is a hard worker. We’re all human and we’re all in this together.
- Get comfortable
Just because you are working from home, this does not mean you are tied to your desk. If you feel comfortable moving around where you live (and have a laptop), working in the living room, putting music on quietly or even just sitting on the floor, do it. A change of scene can refresh the mind and perhaps give new ideas to what you are working on. In fact, multi-million dollar company “LEGO” enforces this. Noone has a desk. They are obligated to move to another location to keep their staff fresh and focused.
- Be as clear as possible when communaticating
How many times have you opened a text message and thought, “What do they mean? What are they trying to tell me?”
Don’t be the person that sends those type of messages. Always be clear and kind when asking for something to be done, asking for advice or feedback or even just chatting. Miscommunication causes a lot of unneeded drama and slows everything down. Read then reread what you are about to say to make sure your message is crystal clear.
- Relax when necesarry
If you burn yourself out from working 18 hour days and only sleeping 4 hours a night, you’ll be no use to anyone. We should always want to give our 110% to everything we apply ourselves in, but, never put your health on the line for work. Take a nap if needs be, catch up on a podcast whilst you eat something, pick up an instrument if you play one. Do something to relax your mind and have that well needed rest period. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference it makes to your efficiency.
I’ll leave you with this thought. Remember that work is work, no matter whethers it’s remote or not, we need to approach it always as a proffessional. However, don’t let that stop you from being able to enjoy human moments with your colleagues.