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7 Ways To Effectively Work From Home (Easy Tips)

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A mother working from home with her daughter on the side.

A mother working from home with her daughter on the side.

The CoViD-19 Pandemic has tested our versatility to adapt to the new lifestyle it caused: from our appearance (the wearing of facemask), our spendings (prioritizing what is NECESSARY over luxury), our movement (staying at home, social distancing, going out for VERY IMPORTANT PURPOSE), up to our work (particularly the clerical, IT jobs, and the like have to be done at home). With those changes, many believed that working from home was the most challenging. Though it could be of great comfort and appeasement from the anxiety of getting contracted by the virus, it could cause conflicts between doing your office work and doing household chores. As a result, there would be a division of your focus.

For that reason, I come up with the following tips or ways for you to work productively and effectively at home.

My own improvised work station

My own improvised work station

1. Create a Work Station

Since you will be working at home, then you need first to set up your work station. You could have a working table or a working area if the space permits or whichever you prefer as long as it is away from where your family members crowd. It should be a space that could give you a working vibe.

2. Create a Work Plan

It is helpful if you are guided on what to finish day by day. In order not to be overwhelmed with work, try to dissect the entire project into smaller tasks which can be done weekly, then further dissect into daily tasks. Also, creating a to-do list will be a helpful reminder of what to be done and also a good monitoring tool for what task you finished. More importantly, ensure to set your reminder alarm for any virtual conference day and/or hours ahead so that you can prepare.

3. Do All Your Household Chores First

Being at home, it is natural to feel responsible for household chores. So, to have a smooth flow of work, it is better to accomplish first all your household chores before sitting yourself in front of your computer. With this note, you need to get up early.

4. Be Flexible With Your Time

In any case that it is inevitable for you not to be distracted, then you only have to adjust your time. Working from home does not mean that you strictly follow the 8 hours straight. As long as you can hit your target for the day, then you are good. However, a virtual conference must not be missed at any cost.

5. Keep Track Your Progress

This is very helpful especially when you have interruptions in between. So your to-do list would be of great help to get you back on track.

6. If You Have Kids, Get Them Something To Do

A busy child would not be a problem when working at home. You can come up with creative activities for your child to kill the time while you are doing some work. It can be coloring activities or educational shows on TV or youtube.

7. Ask For Help or Assistance

When all things fall off from your grip, then be humble enough to ask assistance from other people in your house. There will always be someone available for sure. But if not, then time for you to hire.

Get involved!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Jason Behm

Comments

Prithviraj Shirole from India on September 17, 2020:

Much needed tips. Thank you so much for sharing.

Jason Behm (author) from Cebu, Philippines on June 08, 2020:

@narni..thank you so much..

NARNI SATISH from HYDERABAD,INDIA on June 08, 2020:

Very Informative Article, Thanks for sharing

Jason Behm (author) from Cebu, Philippines on June 07, 2020:

@Dora, you are right with that. That was the thought I missed to include. Thanks for bringing that up. Keep safe.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 07, 2020:

Tracking progress seems the most important to me. Seeing my goals met brings a sense of fulfillment.

Jason Behm (author) from Cebu, Philippines on June 06, 2020:

@liz, thanks for your comment. It gives a confirmation that this could help those who are working from home.

Jason Behm (author) from Cebu, Philippines on June 06, 2020:

@flourishanyway, exactly. Parents or anyone else needs help and should accept if really necessary.

Jason Behm (author) from Cebu, Philippines on June 06, 2020:

@pamela, thank you for your comment. It is an assurance that these tips could be helpful.

Liz Westwood from UK on June 06, 2020:

This is a very useful and relevant article. I wonder how many people will prefer working from home and will continue after this pandemic.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 06, 2020:

Thankfully I don’t have that challenge. I took on my sister’s child for a month but she wanted to micromanage every detail so we sent him back. Parents need to know how to accept the quality help that is offered.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 06, 2020:

I think this is an excellent article that will help those people that are working from home with children in the house. I know that can be very difficult. I think your article has given a number of helpful hints for those people, Jason.