by Jillian Erasmus – Marketing Manager at About IT Group
Digital transformation has empowered thousands across the globe to live their most versatile work-life in modern history. The internet allows for collaboration and the ability to telecommute from everywhere around the world. The current global pandemic of COVID-19 has increasingly forced businesses to adopt remote work policies and this in its self brings about new benefits and challenges for us all.
In situations where we would report to our desk or cubicle, now we’re finding ourselves fighting the allure of the couch. Expectations are the same, but the environment is not and it is essential that you try to find a balance with your personal and work life as you telecommute.
Here are a few ways to ease this transition:
- Establish a morning routine
Just as the commute to the office mentally prepares you for the productivity ahead, so should your routine at home. Getting up early and preparing as you would notify your brain of the tasks ahead. It is important to create a to-do list of all your tasks for the day, helping create clear objectives and goals. Maintaining a routine and getting that all too important morning cup of coffee helps you get into the right mindset.
- Carve out a dedicated workspace
One of the perks of working from home is being able to create a work area that’s customized to your needs. This space should be suited to your working style, providing a cozy, yet productive space you will seldom get in a traditional office setup.
It is important to create boundaries around this space amongst other household members. Schedule your work time and make sure the kids and your spouse know that you are unavailable for playing, chores, etc during this time. This will help thwart distractions and keep you on the ball.
- Up your Communication
Remote work can sometimes leave you feeling isolated. The use of instant messaging and videoconferencing tools will help you check in with other co-workers. Communication is primarily across digital channels, so it is vital to provide timely updates on tasks with those you are collaborating with, as well as keeping colleagues in the loop of your priorities and progress throughout the day. This helps manage expectations and maintain cohesion amongst your team.
The transition to remote work isn’t one without faults and challenges, but what’s important is finding your unique rhythm and flow. We all work differently, and it is up to you to find the best patterns for productivity. That being said, it is vital to maintain a healthy work-life balance and maintain a positive and focused attitude.