If you are like many people around the world, you have suddenly found yourself in a position that you have to work from home during the Coronavirus outbreak. The team here at WPamplify works 100% remotely, often with our kids beside us. We put together a few tips from our personal experiences for you to be productive while you’re working from home.
Here’s how we manage our workload remotely:
1. Adjust Your Expectations
Now that you’re working from home for the foreseeable future, you’ll have to adjust your expectations for the day. You cannot re-create your workday or your kids’ school day. Trying to do so will only frustrate you and stress you out. You’ll have to develop different patterns and routines in order to stay productive.
2. Instill a Team Mindset in Your Family
Meet your new team! Your kids, spouse, and other people that live in your home are your team now. Just like working at a job, you have to work together as a team to accomplish the goals by the end of the day. If you are all trying to do your own thing without working together, you’ll end up getting in each other’s way. Instead, determine what the goals are and come up with a game plan on how you will all do your part to be successful.
3. Communicate With Everyone Around You
Working together in a house, no matter how large, is going to require constant communication. If you are about to make a call, let the people around you know that you won’t be available for a few. When you need to get a Zoom meeting, be sure everyone is aware that you’re going to be on camera.
Not only should you communicate with the people that are in your house, but continual communication with the people you work with is important. If you can’t make a deadline, let them know right away. If you need to switch up your work hours to deal with home life, tell them when you are available. Under-communicating can cause a lot of stress and frustration between you and the other people in your company.
4. Train Your Mind With Daily Habits
One of the most difficult parts of working from home is shutting out distractions. Many people feel they can’t be as productive, because daily life in the house steals their attention. In order to stay focused on your work, you should develop daily habits that will tell your brain it’s time to work.
Here are a few ways you can train your mind to get into work mode.
Even if you don’t wear the same clothes that you would put on to go to work, get dressed for the day. Go through your morning routine of showering, doing your hair, and putting on clothes. Some people find that it even helps them to put on shoes while they work.
Work in The Same Place Every Day
Whether you have a desk area or have to work at the kitchen table, find a place to work and stick with it. If your designated “office” is in a common space, you will need to pack up at the end of the day. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because it will make you more organized and force you to keep your work area clean.
Wear Headphones and Listen to Similar Music
Even if you don’t have young children in your home, wear headphones and put on a similar playlist every day. You will teach your brain that when that music is playing, you should be working. It’s best to use similar music at the start until you find your workflow.
Create a Task List
Either at the end of each workday or the very beginning, write out a task list with your top priorities for the day. This is a good idea even when you are in your normal routines at work. If you get derailed by distractions, you can come back to the list and pick up where you left off.
Also, having a task list that you can cross off will let you look back and see how much you accomplished. It can be easy to feel unproductive at home if you’ve had to stop a lot throughout the day. Reviewing your task list can help you keep things in perspective.
Not every part of your day is wall to wall work. You are going to stop and take breaks to talk to people in your office, get a drink, or walk around for a minute. It’s good for your production to stop and have a brain break. It can also help your younger children get the attention they need so they’ll go back to entertaining themselves once you need to get back to work.
5. Create a Flexible Schedule and Don’t Be Afraid to Change It
Your normal work hours may not be the best schedule for production at home. If you have to help your kids with their school assignments, your normal work hours may not be feasible. This may mean you need to get up and work for a few hours before you help them with school tasks. Or, you may need to work later into the evening to make up for the lost time.
If you have a spouse or partner that is working from home, take turns helping the kids with their projects. Schedule one of you to handle them in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Or, you can alternate days with on another so you have a full day to dedicate to your work.
Even if the schedule you came up with this week is working, that doesn’t mean it will work the following week. Be willing to adjust the time you work and take it a day at a time until you get into a rhythm. Ultimately, you will have to create a routine and workday that works for your family during this time.
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Here at WPamplify, we understand the challenges of working remotely during the Coronavirus outbreak. We hope these tips help you in the coming weeks as you figure out how to run your business from home while managing other responsibilities.
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