Wellness and Productivity While Working Remotely
In the wake of COVID 19, most companies have been forced to embrace remote working as part of their company culture. This is not a new way of working for a lot of tech companies but for those who were accustomed to a brick and mortar setup, it’s proving to be a challenge having the same levels of productivity that one would have at the office. Moringa School recently hosted a webinar on wellness and productivity for techies. This event really had some good insights on how you can still work effectively from home amidst all the distractions that come with remote working.
Specify Tasks For Each Day
“The best way to ensure that you get all your tasks done every day is by making sure that you have a dedicated work schedule that you stick to”.
This point was highlighted by Meshack Mwaura, a DevOps engineer and Technical Instructor at Moringa School. This means that you need to have dedicated time slots that you set aside for meetings as well as completing tasks.
A great tool to ensure that you are always sticking to schedules is Google Calendar. Google calendar allows you to plan out your day and break projects into small manageable tasks. Creating a task list and scheduling tasks in your calendar in order of priority is a great way to stay focused.
You should never go to bed before planning out your next day.
This is one of those hacks that motivates you unconsciously. Just think about it. You are more likely to be motivated to wake up and work if you know exactly what needs to get done, compared to waking up without a plan.
Create a routine
If this is your first time working remotely then I am sure that it will prove to be quite a struggle waking up at the right time or having times in the day when you take breaks. That is why setting up a routine is very important. This ensures that you have a proper work-life balance at home. A great way to start your day is to wake up at a specific time in the morning. I.e 7 am and make sure you shower and have breakfast before you start the day. This sets you in the right space to effectively start your workday. It is also important to have 15 minutes a day just before you start working to write down your priorities and unfinished tasks from the previous day.
Create an Ergonomic Workspace
One of the best ways to stay productive at home is to have a dedicated work area. You do not have to have a home office but you need a comfortable working desk and chair. Since you will be spending most of your time in this position it is important that you are not strained. Make sure your computer is at eye level. Also, position your desk near the window so that you always use natural light.
Take regular tea/lunch breaks and Exercise
It sounds basic, but we all know how easy it can be to get caught up in a task and spend hours at your desk without a break. Exercise is not only critical for your physical health, but it’s also one of the best things you can do for your mental health, and it can help your productivity and focus.
Keep Social Connections For Mental Health
Lastly, it is very important for you to keep interacting with your team members. Have regular check-ins at the beginning of the day and organize projects that you will be working on together. Tools like Slack are great for keeping open channels of communication but don’t forget about picking up the phone and calling or video chatting someone from time to time. You can also organize to have team lunches and catch up on the latest books or movies you are watching.
These few tips can really make a difference in your general remote work experience.
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