Work from home is the future of work. We discuss how to adapt to this new working style and make yourself more productive.
HOW TO PLAN REMOTE WORK
Planning is an essential part of any job role. Based on a plan, you can manage the whole process conveniently. When you work from home, you must plan your day in a manner different to when you are working from an office.
Tools & Planning
There are specific tools that help in planning work and getting it done efficiently. Aa essential tool is video conferencing. If your communication with the stakeholders, with the coworkers and with the managers is not seamless; the results may suffer. To make sure that it does not, you can use various tools such as Zoom, Skype or Go2Meeting.
If you work on an Apple powered device (or own one), you can set up tasks in the “Reminders” app. You can easily ask Siri to remind you about something at a specific time. Let’s say you want Siri to notify you about the evening standup meeting at 5:30 PM; you can ask Siri
“Remind me for the evening standup at 5:30 PM today.”
Yes, it is time to actively use the power of AI while you work from home. More than a reminders app, it works like a small notebook where you can make notes and make sure that you mark the completed items done.
Personal Motivation with Flexible Timings
Since you’re working from home, it is vital to prepare yourself to ignore distractions. You could set up a small workstation (if possible, in a separate room) for yourself to work from. Home is a luxury but having a work desk makes a BIG impact on your productivity.
Show you can be responsible
While you work from home, your employer is entrusting you to be accountable. If it is ultimately a new way to work for you, treat it as an opportunity to prove that you can work from home and the work will not suffer.
Reporting and Measuring the efforts
When it comes to remote work, reporting of work to the management with accuracy is crucial. You may need to mention the timelines along with the metrics in your report to attribute the reports to the work you have done.
Apart from having the performance report, you could use the Time Doctor app to send the browser activity report to your employer as an additional report of time spent on each activity.