Working from home (WFH) has been a rare sight in many companies until recently. Most people wake up early and prepare hours before the work day but now, you save more time in avoiding long preparation and traffic.
But due to the recent pandemic, that time has long gone. In almost an instant, millions of people all around the world were suddenly thrust into this whole new world of working remotely. And with how things are going currently, it seems that this situation wouldn't be changing anytime soon.
While working remotely has its own set of advantages, not everyone is ready to shift into this new whole mode of working. It's an entirely new concept for them and it can be quite a struggle to get used to at first.
If you are one of those people, level up remote work with these quick ways to optimize your WFH experience.
Ways to Optimize Your WFH Experience
1. Stick to a morning routine
When we work from offices, a lot of us have a semblance of a morning routine. Get out of bed, get dressed, eat breakfast, then travel to wherever you're supposed to be working from.
Boring and inconsequential as these rituals may seem, this kind of routine helped us mentally prepare ourselves for the day ahead. It helped us be productive and stay productive.
When you're working remotely, it's easy to just hop on your laptop the first thing in the morning and start working from there. While convenient, having no routine to mentally prepare you for your work day can do more harm than good. The line between work and home life will start to blur, leaving you confused, stressed, and burned out.
So, even while you're working from home, keep up your old morning routine. These small things that you do to get yourself ready for the day can have a significant positive impact on your productivity.
2. Ensure a Stable Wi-Fi and Internet Connection
A reliable and fast internet connection is a crucial tool in any remote worker's arsenal. So invest in it. Don't settle for the cheapest broadband plan that you can get.
As a remote worker, there's a huge chance that you'll be spending most of your time communicating with your team using teleconferencing tools like Zoom and Google Meet, as well as working with web apps like Trello, Notion, and others. These tools often require a lot of bandwidth to work properly.
Just remember, having a bad connection that causes you to lag and disconnect from your work tools doesn't just affect you, it affects your whole team too.
3. Organize your work desk
In the culinary arts, there's a French term called "mise en place" that refers to the process wherein all the ingredients, equipment and tools that a chef needs to cook are organized and prepped in one place.
This ensures that when dinnertime comes along, a dish can be prepared seamlessly and without pause to feed hungry diners. It reduces a lot of stress on the chef's part because everything he needs to do his job is just within his reach.
Mise en place can also apply to remote workers too. It's best to organize your desk like a chef organizes his station. Imagine having to stand up, pause your work, just to grab some chargers or USB cables from across the room. It'll get old really quick.
If you lack desk space and work with electronics a lot, you can invest in docking stations like the Baseus Four-Screen Hub Adapter or the Baseus Gleam Series Docking Station so that you'll always have your tools ready when you need them.
4. Keep your working space clean
Chances are, you have things in your immediate working area that have absolutely no business belonging there- some soda cans, a lonely bag of chips, that bowl of cereal you've eaten from this morning. Not having a boss or officemates around sometimes means not feeling pressured to keep your work area clean.
However, a dirty workspace can quickly turn into a chaotic and stressful workplace. It's best to take a few minutes of your time every morning for a quick cleanup of your work area. Do remember that you're going to spend the majority of your day there, so why not spend a little time tidying everything up. Make your space your own and turn it into something that you want to spend your productive time in.
5. Go wireless during long calls
One of the best things about working from home is that there really is no need for you to be stuck to your chair 100 percent of the time. If your line of work requires you to do calls for extended periods of time, then try using a wireless headset while you're at it. You can walk around your house or do light exercises while you're listening to calls- not only do you get to work, you'd also get your daily dose of exercise too.
The work-from-home phenomenon isn't going anywhere soon. People who haven't experienced it before finally got a taste of its advantages during the recent pandemic. It can be a lot of fun, working without commuting, but it can also be stressful and difficult.
However, just a little effort on your part can make your work-from-home experience a great one.
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