Remote Working Tips for Beginners:

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have shifted their attention to working from home. While this is a dream come true for some, it can also be a strange time for many individuals that are not comfortable with the idea.  

You may find yourself sent home, armed with your laptop and asked to merely “work from home”. Not being in practice of this can be detrimental to your work life during this time. Productivity and communications tend to fail while we try and grasp this new “normal”.  

While there’s not much we can do about the situation, we can look at the positives and try to adapt as quick as possible by finding your feet and navigating this new adventure. Who knows? You may enjoy the idea more than you!  

Stick to healthy times: You may consider taking advantage of your newfound time. Maybe no commute to work in the mornings give you an extra 2 hours to sleep in; but don’t fall prey to this! Ensure you get enough sleep at night and get up at a reasonable time in the morning. Make yourself some breakfast, put on semi-normal clothes, spend some time with your kids and then sit down at your desk to start your workday. You’ll find yourself way more productive and won’t find yourself grappling with time in your day to fit in a shower! 

Eat well: Just because you are at home; it is not an excuse to have an unhealthy eating schedule or over-eat! Ensure you’re eating at the right times for yourself and opt for balanced meals. Eat how you would at your place of work and refrain from visiting the snack cupboard too often. 

Take care of your essential equipment: Being at your workplace has its perks. We never really think about electrical issues that could be faced. But being at home, there’s always a chance that problematic electrical issues can occur. Here are a few tips to help you with this: 

  • Ensure you have a surge protector for the power point you’re using. In the case of an electrical surge, your machine won’t take a bad electrical hit.
  • Remember to charge your device for use if you sit away from a plug point. You never know when you might need that extra 2 hours of battery life 
  • Invest in a back-up internet option, like a Mi-Fi router. Remember, even if not only for work purposes, the extra data will help for entertainment purposes like Netflix during a power outage or when you go out.  4. Take breaks: While breaks may not be the same at home compared to your workplace, ensure you break away from your desk routinely. Take a walk to the window or outside your house to get some fresh air or to the kitchen to brew some coffee. Breaks boost productivity to ensure you take them regularly 

Curate a work space: Whether your dining room table or desk in your bedroom; find a space for yourself as your workstation. Dress it up with your favourite stationary, water bottle and blanket for those cold days. Clean your space regularly and ensure that it’s a place that makes you happy to be in. If you’re around noise, ensure you have some noise-cancelling headphones.  

Stay Hydrated: Stay hydrated the way you would at your workplace. Tea, coffee and water are the usual choices, but since you have your kitchen on hand, why not whip up something special? Green juice or an immune boosting smoothie? 

Quick Tip: Check your internet connection before an important work voice or video call to ensure your meeting runs smoothly!