Over the past year and a half, we have seen how so many companies and employees have adapted to working from home. As things are still set to work from home for longer, at least a few days a week, it is so important to make sure that you’re working productively when working from home to improve what you do, who you work for, or for your own business. At the start of the pandemic working from home was thrust upon many people and felt quite rushed for some. So now it is time to reassess how things are going, to make sure that you are able to work as well as possible. Here are some considerations to think about.
Create an effective workspace
As comfortable as you might feel when you’re working and sitting in your bed, it isn’t going to be the best place for your productivity. Where possible, it is a good idea to choose a separate room that has a good source of natural light. Not everyone will have a separate office space, but if there is a room in the home that will work better than others and has plenty of natural light, then it will be a good place to start. Choose a workspace that is away from too much of the household noises and distractions.
Tools to help you stay connected with your colleagues
When you are used to having colleagues around, it is a natural part of your day to just grab one of them for a chat or arrange a quick meeting. Working from home brings a whole different kind of conversions, over video calls and on the phone, leaving some colleagues feeling a little isolated or disengaged. To stay connected with colleagues, then make sure that you are using a messaging tool that can help. This can make a quick message much easier, rather than an email getting lost in a busy inbox or having to arrange video calls for something that is quick.
Consider using managed IT services
If your business, whether it is your own or one that you work for, isn’t using a managed service provider, then now could be the time to mix things up and make the most of what a managed service provider could offer. If you aren’t sure what a managed service provider is, then you could look at a web log on what is a managed service provider. However, in brief, they are an external company who you outsource to take care of different IT aspects of the business, from cybersecurity, downtime of websites, and other IT issues.
Set yourself a schedule
When working from home it can be quite easy to think about taking long breaks and just putting off work until later. However, this can be detrimental to productivity and also stress you out somewhat. The flexibility of working from home is great, but as a rule, setting yourself a schedule for working is so important, so you know exactly what you should be doing and when.