ADAPTING TO THE 'NEW NORMAL'
Work Rules to Work From Home
Here are few must-follow pointers to help one continue to work seamlessly as professionals around the world have been doing at the workplace, without compromising on efficiency, quality and productivity.
Maintain Regular Work Hours & Structure Your Workday
Structure your workday to work during the stipulated working hours and to maximize efficiency. Make a list of your most important tasks before you move on to less urgent business.
Set A Dedicated Workspace at Your Home
Make sure your workspace functions efficiently for you, your business and your style. Surround yourself with things that inspire you. Figure out what works best for you.
Set Ground Rules with The People in Your Space
Set ground rules with other people in your home or who share your space for when you work. Follow the regular/usual routine you follow before leaving home for work and while at work.
One challenge of working from home is accountability. With no colleagues or partners nearby, it’s easy to become distracted. Stay focused on work throughout the day to maintain consistent productivity. Don’t waste time or money on activities that are counterproductive to your success.
Schedule Breaks and Take Breaks in Their Entirety
Schedule time for necessary breaks. Rise from your desk, stretch or walk around the house or down the street. Take a dinner and coffee break.
Socialize with Colleagues Online
Loneliness, disconnect, and isolation are common problems in remote work life.Set a call/online meeting to have a formal/informal chat with your colleagues to stay updated on work and life.
Be Positive and Self-Disciplined
When you work remotely full-time, you must be positive. The most successful remote employees have a reputation for being extremely disciplined. After all, it takes serious focus to get a full-time office job done from an unconventional space.
End Your Day with A Routine
Just as you should start your day with a routine, create a habit that signals the close of the workday.