I will be giving you a few vital guidance hacks on how to work from home and make you an asset to your company. Here are my top five home-office hacks:
- Maintain Good Personal Hygiene
It is essential to take care of yourself, as that’s the only way you can take care of your work with equal energy. Suppose you thought you were working at optimal pace when “unclean,” you should try out the other route for a couple of days. The difference would prove to you that there’s nothing like doing office work with fresh breath and having the satisfaction of crisp clothes over your skin. Just take the words of the famous singer Omarion, “Hygiene is important. You gotta smell good. So ladies, please spray some perfume. Hair gotta be done. You gotta look nice.” That pretty much sums it up.
- Create A Physical Workspace
This is probably the easiest of all the steps to becoming more efficient at home but one of the most important – setting up your workspace. Setting up a workspace could involve getting a couple of apparatus such as a laptop, a handy monitor, a small plant, a phone rest, and a portable hotspot device for internet access. Then, you could either set it up by yourself or contact a professional depending on the type of equipment being used and how complicated the connections.
- Have A To-do List
“One of the things I realized is that if you do not take control over your time and your life, other people will gobble it up”- Michelle Obama. To-do lists are super handy for ensuring that you perform all the needed functions without having to lament at the end of the day. They are even more convenient when working from home, no thanks to the unorthodox workload you’ll be facing during this time. When working away from the on-site office, you won’t have the luxury of a company planner or HR; as such, you need to do it yourself. Therefore, it would be best if you embraced having a to-do list; it’s a vital tip that will save you from unnecessary tales and “stories that touch.”
- Invest In Reliable Internet
“The internet could be a very positive step towards education, organization, and participation in a meaningful society” – Noam Chomsky, but it could also be miserable and frustrating when it doesn’t work properly. It would be a masterstroke if you can find a proper hotspot that accesses the internet rapidly. The reason is that you’ll likely be attending a lot of online meetings at home, and it would be super sad if you can’t make the most of these meetings, no thanks to glitchy networking. Don’t hesitate to contact your company’s tech guy or lady who can give vital guidance on what to do for maximum performance from your provider; it’s the least they can do at such a delicate period. You could also contact an independent contractor if you’re self-employed and doing your own thing.
- Take A Break
A remote worker is not a computer (and even computers have cooling down periods), so it’s only fitting that they have a time reserved for chilling. Taking a break doesn’t entail much, as taking fifteen minutes off every two hours isn’t such a bad thing.
Also, just if you haven’t been given a specific time to complete tasks, you should find a way to motivate yourself. You can do this is by resting anytime you feel tired, eating anytime you are hungry, and working your socks off anytime you aren’t doing any of the above. That way, you’ll get so much work done; even your project mates would be astounded by the progress.
Working from home isn’t such a big deal, as long as you follow the above hacks. You could even have more fun, get more work done, and win the employee of the month from the comforts of your home. Do you doubt me? Just follow my guidance and see how it goes!
Vital Guidance article by Olaoluwa Ajayi