(Illustration by Augustė Misiūnaitė)

These days working from home is more than a relevant topic. Coronavirus trapped more and more persons in their homes and obliged them to work from home. Well, working from home is not a new phenomenon. 13.4 million people, or 9.4% of U.S. workers, labored at least one day at home per week in 2010, compared with 9.2 million people, or 7% of U.S. workers in 1997. But there is a problem: the home is a sweet, cozy place and there are too many temptations to stop your work process. So how to stay 100% productive while working your too comfortable couch?

Setting matters.

The main thing you lack at home is your office table. While working from home it is very easy to get lost in your comfortable home. And yes, we strongly think that a comfortable sofa or even your bed is not a good solution. You still need to feel sharp to get the shit done. So a tip from myself: set your “office” at home. Choose your work desk and dedicate that place to be your workstation. Ideally, your office should be in a quiet area with some privacy. This is especially important if you share the house with a spouse, children, or roommates. Also if you work with confidential information keep your room locked up. Also, mind the light. Windows and exposure to daylight can impact your physical and mental well-being.

Keeping your routine while working from home

Well, we are not saying that you need to wear a suit at home. This tip is more about keeping your office workflow at home. We suggest keeping your sleep cycle the same as working in the office and having the same morning routine. When working from home, do all the things you’d do to prepare for an office role: Set your alarm, make (or go get) coffee, and wear nice clothes. And remember: you are your manager. So be honest with yourself and dedicate your day to work, not Netflix or PlayStation sessions. But do not forget to do some breaks. Remember that you are not a robot and You need to rest. And yes, the 30-minute meditation session is better than checking your Facebook every 5 minutes.

Setting up the right tools

While working from home it is crucial to stay on schedule. Segment what you’ll do and when over the day. If you have an online calendar, create personal events and reminders that tell you when to shift gears and start on new tasks. Google Calendar or Trello makes this easy. Also if you need to communicate with your teammates do not forget to use the right communication apps. For example, Slack helps to solve small problems in real-time and Hangouts for longer discussions or meetings. And my all-time favorite- Cold Turkey. If you are struggling to keep the social media off it is a true lifesaver. Just do a list with links and set the timer on and boom- you will not access it till the timer finishes.

Keep distractions off while working from home

As I have mentioned your own home is a dangerous place to work. While working from home it is really easy to get distracted. And I am talking about not only social media, TV shows or games. While performing a boring task doing laundry or washing dishes sounds like a really good plan. So tip from me: clean your house after work session. As I mentioned earlier, just create a separate office zone at your house and forget about your household. Tip number two: prepare your meals day before. Yes, freshly cooked beef steak for lunch sounds like a damn good plan but it just takes too much time.

“Working from home” while not being at home

Is your home office just not getting it done for you? Take telecommuting a step further and get out of the house. Coffee shops, libraries, public lounges, and similar Wi-Fi-enabled spaces can help you simulate the energy of an office so you can stay productive even when you don’t sit in an official workplace. Being around other people helps to imitate the office environment. And also you will have a moral obligation to not be a jerk sitting at Starbucks not doing any real work, so I feel motivated not to mess around on Facebook all day to show there are still people who get stuff done at a coffee shop! So, consider other options for the workplace while working from home.

Conclusion

To sum things up we know that working from home is a tough task. I prefer working in an office. This environment gets “in the zone” and gets shit done. While at home I struggle a lot. But with the help of these steps, I manage to do my tasks and create office space at my home. So guys stay healthy and safe and let’s grind!

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