Coronavirus and the lockdown in India has lead to the flood of work from home and all employees are now operating from their homes. Trust me, the pics you share are highly inspiring. But for some of you, this experience is extremely fresh, new but nerve wrecking.
You know what? self awareness, discipline and focus is required to successfully work from home and to grow the company.
I started working from home during initial periods of building INCUBSENCE, my company that developed infection free attendance management system from India featured by many large media groups.
Here the top mistakes you should never make while you work from home:
Working from couch or bed
No relaxation zone is the mantra that you should follow. I mean you would lucky to not be lazy while you are working form a couch or bed. Beds and Couches are meant to relax.
I always stress on a designated desk to work from home. Invest in an ergonomically designed work office setup that would boost your productivity.
Not structuring your days
While you work from home, a lot of distraction is expected be it your kid want to play, you mom want you to get veggies from the market or your partner wanting to spend some time with you. Hence, not structuring you day would mean that you won't be accepted in your professional network. So structure your work day and pre or / and post work day to balance it with your life.
Neglecting your health
The biggest disadvantage of working from home is less physical activity and that means you could loose your health. Remember the great saying? Health is wealth, right, so never loose your health. If you are physically fit, you would be mentally fit and hence that means you are more productive. Do frequent workouts, or shake you legs, or walk a lot inside your home.
Working in Pyjamas
The most productive people working from the home, won't work straight after waking up while still being in the pyjamas. They would wake up, freshen up, get the breakfast done and then dress up while they would normally do like going to the office.
It sounds interesting to not to be judged while you are working in your pyjamas but you ain't be productive. According to the research from Northwestern University employees, no matter what profession they’re in, perform tasks better when they wear clothes that have “symbolic meaning.”
So be well groomed before you take up your laptop next time.
Over or under communication
Communication can solve the most complex riddles in the world. All fights or wars or poor productivity would be solved if we communicate. Make sure neither you communicate less or nor you over communicate with your team. Don't consistently keep texting on WhatsApp or email, only respond to urgent messages and urgent emails. Once you are done with your work, only then check slack, emails or WhatsApp.