Why CLT Team Productive While Working From Home
Tips to Improve Work From Home Productivity
Establish Your Space
A dedicated space to work is a key (and often overlooked) aspect of working from home. By setting aside an area that’s your “professional zone,” you’ll instinctively slip into “work mode” whenever you sit down. Make sure this area is clean and organized and (if possible) not used by anyone else at home.
Replicate Your Office Environment
If you’re used to a formal office, and you took a lot of time to assemble a work space there to your working, it might help to replicate that environment in your work-from-home space. For example, if you had a two-monitor setup in the office, see if you can do the same at home; if you’ve brought home files or other physical media that you need, make sure it goes in roughly the same position at your desk.
“Make sure you have a stress-free zone, at work (yes even your home office).. Look for a break room.. No need for a fancy setting. All you need is some soft lighting and something comfortable to sit on. Put together a nice relaxing playlist and listen to it.”
Check In Constantly
When in doubt, go with over-communication, update your boss frequently on everything you’re doing, and whether your schedule and deliverable are changing in any way. At the same time, also make sure that you’re communicating with your teammates frequently. When everyone’s working remotely, it’s very easy to end up trapped in a “bubble’ of your own making, so keep the chatter going on Slack, Teams, or the messaging platform of your choice. (Bonus: Chatting with people can also help relieve feelings of isolation.)
Stick to Your Goals
Yes, we’re in a crisis. Yes, it’s totally natural to feel panicked, out-of-sorts, and even depressed over everything going on. Nonetheless, it’s key that you stick to your deliverable and goals (re: job security). Don’t be afraid to ask your manager for the resources, tools, and even hardware you might need at this strange moment in order to complete your tasks; chances are very, very good that they’ll do their best to fulfill your requests.
Set Up a Schedule
The COVID-19 crisis is freaking out a lot of project managers and other folks who believe that work can’t be done at peak efficiency unless everyone is physically in the office and able to participate in daily standups. Whether or not that’s the case in your office, setting up a strict schedule (and sticking to it) can not only help your team plan, but it can convince your employer that you’re still on target with your deliverable when you’re working from home which, in turn, can add to your job security.
Plan Ahead (As Much As You Can)
During a crisis, it’s easy to fall into the trap of excessive short-term thinking. Schedule some time with yourself to plot out your next week, month, and quarter. What’s coming up? While nobody knows just how long this COVID-19 situation will last, doing as much long-term planning as you can only benefit you.
For all those who are working from home or are self-isolating, it is important to maintain your fitness and be physically active. Sitting has been identified as the new smoking and can negatively impact your health by causing back pain, weight gain, and much more.
One of the best parts of working from home is that you can make your work space your own. There’s nothing blander than a blank wall. Fill it with some personality: you know better than anyone what motivates and inspires you but make sure it reminds you that your job is more than just replying to emails and completing tasks.
Get a plant
If you’re not fortunate enough to have an office with a river-side view, it’s easy to feel disconnected from the outside world. Growing yourself a house plant is very low maintenance but provides a remarkably soothing influence on a busy work space.