26 May

The Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns as a result has forced many employers and   employees to embrace the idea of working from home.

Working from home is not easy especially for those who have spent many years of their lives working in offices. It requires a high level of self-discipline and personal mastery as there are many distractions at home.

Below is a few tips and tricks UASA has put together to help those working from home to adjust to their new working environment.

Time management:

Working from home requires you to manage your time effectively. If possible, keep to your usual office times and take breaks as you would if you were at the office. Draw up a to-do list together with a schedule and stick to the allocated time for each task. This will keep you focused and prevent multi-tasking.

Create a dedicated workspace

If you can’t take your bed to the office, then you shouldn’t work in your bed. You need a dedicated workspace to help you physically split between where you work, and where you relax. A small desk and chair is sufficient for most people, try and avoid working on the couch or on your bed if possible.

Stay away from the internet

Be extra judicious about what you do online. A few minutes on Facebook or YouTube can easily become hours and ultimately, a wasted day. You can download productivity software like FocusMe or Freedom, if you need help controlling your internet usage.

Take regular breaks

Without adequate breaks from work, productivity, mental well-being and overall work performance begin to suffer. Taking a break helps you to de-stress and re-charge for the next task.

Avoid personal tasks

Working from home gives you some additional flexibility in your time to run personal errands. Doing a quick load of laundry, vacuuming or organizing your spice rack, personal tasks have the tendency to go on for hours while eating into productive time. It is advisable to schedule them outside of working hours as you would if you were in the office.

When people think about working from home, many imagine waking up late, walking around in their pajamas and amazing opportunities to enjoy long breakfast in the morning while catching up with social media. The reality is, even though working from home offers a great amount of flexibility, it is still a professional job and it needs to be treated as such.

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