CoronaVirus is the new World Concern. Here are the Top-4 tricks that in my opinion, you should do while working from home to keep Productivity High.
On the first few months ago, it was just a “Chinese Problem”, but quickly it spread to Italy, and then we realized it was also a real threat for us.
After the Italian contamination, it was just a matter of days to start fustigating across all the Europe, and now the virus is a Global Pandemic, where, unfortunately, everyone is potentially vulnerable. It’s reasonable to say that no one is prepared for a pandemic disease of this magnitude that seems more like science fiction than reality, especially when we hear medical experts recommending absolute isolation.
Schools are closed, sports leagues are suspended, stocks are plunging, and businesses are on hold. To avoid a complete stoppage of services, some companies like Cleverti are adopting remote work. Thanks to our 10-year experience with remote work, we have adapted over-time to new working methodologies and our team have learned and is now prepared to work in 100% remote, from their homes.
Although work from home is a very interesting “perk” because it requires some discipline. Naturally, it’s easier to commit some mistakes outside of the “office environment”, the reason why it is so important to develop self-strategies to improve productivity:
1) Have a Dedicated Working Station
Working from the couch, or bed may be a temptation. However, it’s a terrible idea. Work from a proper desk with 1 or 2 big screens. This will allow you to keep a good posture and ergonomics.
2) Turn off the TV and Disable Social Media Notifications
These are the two major distraction vectors that you should avoid at all costs. Distraction periods tend to last much longer when they occur home vs office, and that is the main reason why you should avoid them.
3) Keep a regular & healthy communication with your colleagues
Remote work is not a synonym of isolation. Even you’re a Freelancer working on a project alone, you must keep in communication with your boss, or the shareholders. There are a lot of collaborating platforms like Microsoft Teams, Slack, or Skype that you may use, to ensure everything keeps flowing, and no frictions are generated.
4) Have a Clear Working Time, and Set Daily Goals
Although this may sound silly, it’s one of the most important measures. If you do not define a very clear working agenda, you will end up mixing your time with working time. This will be harmful for the work and productivity itself, but especially, terrible for you. Set up early in the morning your “daily tasks”, exactly as if you were in the office. And then when the work is completed, or when the clock marks your “departure time”, you should put the work aside. Because tomorrow is a new working day, and your mind needs to be reinstated.
When will this end?
No one really knows yet what will be the real impact and timeframes for our full recover from this CoronaVirus. To minimize the impacts, we should all follow the medical recommendations, and avoid all interactions with others.
If you are one of the few people who can keep working, consider yourslef very lucky! Keep yourself focused and always remember: Somewhere in future everything will get back to normal, and hopefully we will take something positive from this.
Written by João Silva | Business Development Manager at Cleverti