Hello everyone! Haven’t came here for a while, hope y’all doing well and enjoy the quarantine so far! 🙈 In my last article, I mentioned that I would like to share how I adapted to work from home and as you can see from the topic. Working alone without anyone around you and.. in your house! How difficult is it to stay focus and keep concentrating? Trust me, as a Uni student (not that I’m saying that everyone do the same 😂) we all know the period before the submission, we left it until last minute cause we are not some secondary school children anymore that someone will staring and pushing you to finish something. I found it the same way when I start working from home haha. But! As a 10th month profession worker, I have found a few methods, might just suit me and my type of work, to share. Also, if you want to get some updates about the current situation in the UK, just keep scrolling.
It’s now the 4th month in quarantine for me and in our company, some policies and standards are all being adjusted to suit the current situation. One of the major thing is putting in the time onto the database to keep track on everyone’s process. Most of the people are still working and stay available online via email and Skype in regular work time, but for some of my colleagues, especially the ones with kids, they will have to spare some time for their kids and pick the work up later in the day hence work from home means it’s quite hard to see how everyone’s productivity straight away. Therefore our company came up with a method asking everyone to put in the time they have spent in projects over the week to record to analysis the workload and efficiency. In our team, we have started to transfer our working/communication method onto a software called Microsoft To-Do. It is basically a interactive to do lists which can share between team members to keep track and make commands on the actions. Both of these changes are very useful and definitely giving me the motive to constantly work through the tasks in daily-basis. In that case, my very first tip to keep productive working from home is, having clear list of tasks to be continued on that day and keeping constant communication with others to keep track on the projects. It can also be seen as another method of pushing yourself to be check on regularly.
Talking about communication, although I have already had regular meetings within the teams and one-to-one even before lockdown. But I think it has became even more important since we are now WFH, that I am able to speak out any concerns that I came across also keep track on my progress. When my workload is lower I can also take on someone’s job during the constant meeting. My second tip is keeping regular communication and speak up anytime.
Last but not the leat, also the most important thing I think while working from home is to work comfortably! Comfort doesn’t mean laying in the bed holding your laptop and producing low efficiency, but the clean, tidy environment to work at. For me, it was quite hard at first cause I don’t really used to work in my room and I see my bedroom as a place to rest and not thinking about anything. But I have made some changes on my “workplace” thanks that I have a desk in my room, so I am able to separate my workplace now! By placing the laptop and monitor on the table, putting some cushions at the back of the chair and putting on some of my favourite music, I am now able to keep concentrate for hours!
Obviously I am still looking forward that I can go back to the office asap one day, but we still need to be as productive as we can under the current situation don’t we? Hope you all enjoy today’s article and I will see you very soon!