Preparing for a Productive at-Home Career

Our Chief Executive Officer has issued a communication to all Works employees as part of an ongoing series of updates to ensure that our staff remain informed and connected during the current lockdown period. This communication includes an extract from an email sent out by our CEO. We hope that this update will help to keep our employees up to date and connected during this unprecedented time.

In the wake of the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, businesses around the world have been forced to quickly transition to remote operations in order to comply with the various lockdowns imposed. This sudden adaptation can be challenging for both businesses and individuals, and any advice or tips on how to make the shift as smooth as possible are highly appreciated.

Works has always been a proponent of remote work, and we are pleased to offer our assistance to organisations that are preparing for the changing future of work by transitioning to this model. We believe the advice provided by Works’ CEO for achieving success in a remote work setting can be used by everyone, from employees who are looking for guidance to employers who require a diverse and informative strategy.

So, here it is:

Your Workspace Defined

  • It is important to maintain a clear distinction between your personal and professional life. To do this, it is beneficial to designate a specific area, such as a room in your home, as your workspace. This will help you to transition into a working mindset when you enter the area, as opposed to a more relaxed attitude associated with being at home. By creating a physical and mental transition from one environment to the other, you can more easily convince your mind that you are at work and, as a result, become more productive.
  • Sit comfortably. The way you carry yourself is important.
  • Maintaining a clean and organised workstation has been proven to promote focus and efficiency in the workplace. Creating an environment that is free of clutter and distraction can help employees to stay on task, and maximise their productivity. Thus, it is essential to take the time to ensure that the workspace is tidy and well-kept on a regular basis.

Keep to your routines and habitual behaviours.

  • Maintain a consistent routine and regular hours.
  • Even if the thought of staying in your pyjamas all day may be tempting, it is important to have a proper morning routine. Start your day off right by eating a nutritious breakfast, taking a shower, and getting dressed. Once you have done that, you will be more organised and motivated to tackle the day’s tasks. Taking a few minutes to set yourself up for success can help to make the rest of your day more productive and enjoyable.

As well as presenting some brand new ones

  • It is important to maintain three distinct lists to ensure that you are able to keep track of tasks that need to be accomplished. The first list should contain the items that are to be completed on a daily basis. The second list should include items that are desirable to have but can wait until later. The final list should consist of tasks that will eventually need to be finished. This will allow you to stay organised and on top of your work, even if you are unable to recall what you had for breakfast that day.
  • It is essential to keep a notebook close by at all times, as it can be a great resource for jotting down ideas. From blog post topics to creative project ideas, it is important to take the time to write them down. Taking the time to review these notes at least twice a week can be an effective way to stimulate your creativity, as ideas can present themselves from a variety of sources.
  • Although today may present its own set of challenges, it is important to continue to work. Periods of feeling uninspired and unproductive are common, and it is important to develop healthy strategies to navigate these moments. The distinction between recognising that progress is not being made and deciding to quit for the day is often quite small. If one continues to give up without putting in the effort, they are likely to find themselves increasingly behind.

Reducing interruptions

  • For uninterrupted work, put away the phone (and Whatsapp, in particular).
  • It is important to be mindful of the type of media you consume while working, as it can have a significant impact on your mental state and disposition. Music, television, the news, and the climate can all affect your mood and productivity. While there might be some elements that are out of your control, you can take steps to create an environment that is conducive to the task at hand. Exercising caution and preparing your environment accordingly will help ensure you are in the optimal mental state for success.
  • Noise-Isolating Earphones. Incredible value whether or not you have little ones…

Stop being so hard on yourself.

  • It is important to take regular breaks while working in order to ensure your work is of the highest quality. For each hour of work done, it is beneficial to take a fifteen to thirty minute break. This will give your brain the opportunity to process what you have been working on and give you a chance to refresh yourself. Once the break is over, you can return to your work with renewed energy and focus, increasing the quality of your output.
  • When you have finished your tasks for the day, take a break and brainstorm a great topic for a blog post. Take a few moments to jot down the essential elements of the topic on a piece of paper, and display it prominently so you can refer back to it at a later date. Remember, once you have completed your shift, take the time to relax and enjoy some leisure time!

Define your limits.

  • It is important to understand the importance of taking breaks and knowing when it is time to stop working. To ensure that you are taking the necessary time to rest and recharge, set a start and end time for your work day and commit to following it. While some flexibility may be necessary in certain situations, it is important not to let work take over your life.
  • It is important to set boundaries for those around you. Make sure that your co-inhabitants understand your work hours and respect your time away from recreational activities, household duties, and the like. Establishing these limits is essential for ensuring that you can focus on your work and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Guard your emotional and physical wellbeing.

  • At the start of each day, set aside a period of time for yourself to rest, relax, and let your thoughts wander freely. If you are spiritually inclined, you could use this time for prayer. It is important to approach work with a positive attitude and not let yourself be bogged down by feelings of negativity. Taking a few moments to clear your mind can help to reset your perspective and start the day off right.
  • Always have some water handy at your workstation. If you are not currently consuming several large glasses of wine daily, you should strive to do so.
  • Consume light, nutritious meals in the morning and afternoon. Either overeating or undereating might impair your mental performance.

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Human interaction should be protected.

  • Make an effort to spend time with others. If someone asks for something, give it to them if you can.
  • Aim for a weekly phone call to a loved one or close friend. Your mom will be proud of you, and you’ll keep your feet on the ground.

Practice gratitude

  • We have the power to choose our thoughts and emotions, and the research is clear: practicing gratitude increases happiness.
  • Acknowledging the people who have supported and encouraged us throughout our journey is essential to living a content and fulfilled life. Taking the time to recognise their efforts and express genuine appreciation for all that they have done for us is a great way to boost our own happiness. Practicing gratitude on a regular basis is a great way to cultivate an attitude of contentment.
  • As the global community navigates the health crisis brought about by the pandemic, it is crucial that we take the time to be thankful for the good health that we enjoy. It is easy to take for granted the fact that we are able to read this message, and it is essential that we remember how fortunate we are to have the ability to do so.

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