Amplify your efficiency with technology
To make sure you can work from home to the best of your ability, you will need to have a computer and a good internet connection.
Be sure to take home everything from the office that will contribute to your wellbeing. Don't forget the necessary items like your charger, mouse, keyboard, extra monitor, and inspirational pictures from your desk!
If your team does not already have a collaborative platform that you communicate through, you're going to need one! Some of the best software for remote team communication is Slack, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom, and GoToMeeting. You might want to look into VoIP for your connections if you're concerned about security. Your IT department or CTO should be able to keep you safe.
Become the most productive version of yourself
Remind yourself that discipline is freedom. As amazing as working in your pajamas or underwear sounds, it will make you less productive. The mindsets of relaxation and laziness come from wearing clothes that you wear when it's time to do that.
What you need to do is to get dressed in you're standard work attire as if you're headed to the office. Whatever else you usually do before you leave the house and head into the office, you should do. So go ahead and do your hair, put your deodorant on and pick that watch or necklace that suits for today.
Getting your mindset in the working mode through your typical routine will get your mind ready for work. If you are wearing your work clothes, when you feel like opening up Reddit or stopping to watch Netflix, you will feel guilty because you know you should be working.
Leadership in a remote setting
The way your team functions is poised to change drastically as a result of working remotely. Leaders will now have to turn meetings into emails and reach out via collaboration platforms instead of walking to your desk. Communication tools like Slack are crucial to ensure a smooth transition into a remote work environment. Collaboration tools are proven to flatten your organization's hierarchy, increase productivity, and empower employees to work openly.
Communicate with your team like you're still in the office
The starting ground of all communication in a remote setting is a collaborative platform. Collaborative platforms will outperform emails and SMS because of the ability to create workspaces, channels, threads, and groups. These sophisticated communication tools are considerably the successor to email, empowering groups of employees to communicate and work together in real-time.
When co-workers need to call each other for a more in-depth conversation, video chat is best. Video chat enables you to see each other's emotions more clearly, which allows for better communication. Video chat is the most personal interaction you can have when working from home, which maintains or creates the co-worker connection needed for company culture.
Entertain your kids while they are acting as your co-workers
If you are working from home, your kids likely received the same instruction from school. Meaning that while you are trying to work in your house, your kids are building forts, chasing each other, making sound effects for everything they are doing, and begging for your attention.
Not the environment you're used to in the workplace. So you'll need to keep your kids entertained while you work alongside them. Having them play educational games, reading, or doing their school work online are all great starts to keeping your beloved kids entertained.
Be realistic about what you can deliver
Understand what will become harder to do with the recent changes, and make sure to tell your leaders what might be more difficult to accomplish to change their expectations.
Mostly online roles will not see any disadvantage, maybe even an improvement in work. But for roles that thrived in physical settings, personal interactions, or anything else we're quarantined from, work will slow and become obsolete.
It is crucial to understand the implications of the situation without drowning ourselves in worry and anxiety. Being upfront with your teammates and the leadership team about what you think you can carry out in a remote setting will create empathy and clarify each other's expectations.
I hope this post helped you with improving your productivity while working from home. Which tactic will you try first? Getting dressed in your work clothes? Or keeping your kids entertained while you work? Let me know in the comment section below, and book a call to get started with your marketing team today.