Things to do when working from home

March 17, 2020

Working from home | Top Tips

Many of our clients, partners, and also logistics professionals are now working from home because of the COVID-19 outbreak; we know that work remotely can present new challenges. Therefore, the Learning & Development Department at Crane Worldwide has compiled several top tips to support working remotely.

  • During self-isolation, confine your workspace to a specific area in your home so that your job doesn't intrude into the lives of other household members. It may increase your concentration and performance. Try to develop a space that you designate as your workstation, if possible, make your area a stress-free zone of quiet and solitude. If you don't have a separate room, find a space with minimum traffic flow or a corner of a room off from the main area.
  • Block excess noise such as the neighbor's barking dog or noise from other household members with noise-canceling headphones or earbuds. 
  • Go to the same designated workspace regularly so that your mind doesn't wander, you can focus and increase your productivity. Establish water-tight psychological boundaries, so you're not constantly reminded of temptations around you.
  • Set water-tight physical boundaries around your designated workspace that is off-limits for housemates. Stick to a regular schedule, and keep your workspace at arm's-length after hours. Try to maintain the same hours you log in at the office, so you don't get swallowed up by the workload.
  • After a reasonable day's work, put away your electronic devices and work tools just as you would store carpentry tools after a building project or baking ingredients after making a cake! Keeping work reminders out of sight keeps them out of mind and helps you relax and recharge your batteries.
  • Discourage personal intrusions. Interruptions and drop-ins can cause you to lose your focus, procrastinate, or get behind a deadline. While working from home, it's crucial to prevent intrusions into your workspace. Informing that although the location of your job has changed, there's no difference from any other profession requiring privacy and concentration. Notify others that during at-home work hours, you're unavailable and can not be interrupted. 
  • Employ your video communications perhaps more than you usually would, now that you're more isolated than before. Make sure you have your company's telecommuting devices set up and ready to go to stay connected with your team members and office friends.
  • Avoid cabin fever. Now that you're spending a significant amount of time at home get outside as much as possible. Starting a new hobby like gardening and, if possible, a walk around the block might help. After work hours, enjoy other areas of your home: watching a good movie, reading a book, or cooking a fun meal. Lead as much of a full social life as possible - use technology to assist meetups. The new normal is not to limit social devices but to take advantage of them. Use social media and connect with friends over the many video conferencing applications that are now available so that you feel connected.

Working from home might be an unusual activity for many. However, several professionals consider it a good idea and highly productive. It's a matter of managing your time effectively and reducing distractions.

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