The pandemic has left the world’s leading business pros pondering the structure for a wholly new model of work from home and office. However, the question remains, how efficient does the home field advantage remain in the long term?
After two months of working-it-out-at-home, none of us are oblivious of its many benefits and grave challenges. Addressing the latter, there has always been a thin line between the two most important spheres in our life, home, and work.
Now that the office traffic has been shown a red light bringing it to a sudden halt, working professionals, like freelancers, gig workers, and small business owners, are busy searching for a comfortable chair or a corner to work from home. In other words, work has bled into home life, while some people have aced it, and many are still in transition and are fiddling with the remote-control of working remotely. Juggling home and work and working from home can prove to be quite a tiring job and may take its toll, and may not if you are quick to recognize the thinning line between work and life.
If you are a fellow creative and have been searching every nook and cranny of your home for ways to be creative, productive, and maintain the equilibrium between work and life without losing your mind, you are finally at the right place.
Here are a few handpicked tips, tricks, and mantras to make work from home, less work.
Distinguishing work from everything else
From time to time, business chieftains have shed light on how drawing a boundary and distinguishing work from home are some of their pressing concerns and come in the way of working from home efficiently. The way out is simply beginning your day by laying out a map for all the tasks at hand and strictly dividing work time from everything else. This will help you plan your day by outlining a clear picture of what needs to be done, and at the end of the day, when you are done winding up your work, it will leave you with a sense of accomplishment in reward.
Switching from ‘always on’ to ‘on when necessary’
As soon as a person goes WFH, their team makes the mistake of assuming that they’ll be available and connected to their devices 24/7. There have been many such incidences across organizations during the lockdown where the need and expectations for availability shot up exponentially. ‘Always on’ is not a thing, not even during our daily 9-5 grind. Researches also claim that an average worker is productive for only 2 hours 53 minutes. Hence, it’s of prime importance to keep taking breaks, even if it’s for 5-10 minutes.
Keeping at it when spheres collide
Not every day you work from home will be easy-breezy, and even the weekends may have their blues. There will be days when you’ll be overwhelmed with the number of dishes versus the number of e-mails, lined-up calls, meetings, and the list goes on. When that happens, remember, prioritizing is the key. Assign a priority rating to each of your tasks from high, medium to low, which will help you alleviate pressure and stay on top of things.
Working but not working yourself up
No matter how much you fret about it, the deadline isn’t going to change magically. Creativity happens, there is no other way to put it, or a routine to follow, it just happens when it happens. What remains vital is keeping your cool and giving your body the refresh, it needs. Taking up a healthy hobby could do the trick just right. Including meditation, exercising and any other physical activity will also help you shape your body as well as your mind, and be the best version of yourself.
Some people are able to work it out in a cubicle, while some need a little more space and the comfort of their favorite couch to be productive. Work from home or work from an office, in spite of what may work for you and what may not, achieving the much-needed equilibrium between work and life can help you unlock the best of your potential during the lockdown.