7 tools to help you be at your best when you’re working from home
Working at home certainly has its perks! But not knowing how to utilise your situation might make you end up feeling lazy or unmotivated. Listed below are ways to make sure you’re at your best when working at home.
Pick a designated work area.
Having your own area solely for work helps you focus and gets you in that working mood! Your bed is off-limits, make sure your bedroom is strictly just for rest and relaxation. Choose an area with minimal noise and a comfy chair.
Get out of those PJs to rid you off that sleepiness and into productivity.
You know how the saying goes, “Dress for the part.”, the same applies when working at home.
Listen to ambient music.
So you’ve chosen the perfect work spot, now it’s getting a little too quiet.
Why not put on some music? No loud and disruptive music, please!
Ambient, jazz, or lo-fi are the go-to background music for a conducive workspace.
Don’t just start working!
Imagine this: you wake up and then trudge to your computer to start working. Not an ideal way to start. Create a morning routine for yourself to set you up for a productive day! It can be a meditation or as simple as drinking coffee while reading the news.
Take scheduled breaks.
You’ve been working hard, it’s time for a break! The secret to productivity is taking a smart amount of breaks from work. You can go for lunch or do some exercise.
Make sure you’re entirely taking a break.
You deserve that break so make sure to take some time off from your computer or phone. After that, you’ll be feeling refreshed and ready to jump back on it!
Over-communicate with your colleagues.
There’s a tendency for miscommunication or forgetting certain details when working from home and through the digital world, so make sure to repeat yourself a couple times through your work chat or emails with colleagues.
And finally, know when to stop working.
Don’t extend or overwork yourself.
Have a set time for work and a set time to spend the rest of the day for yourself or with your loved ones at home.
Tools I Use
Here’s a list of tools I use to keep productivity high whilst remaining in touch with my team.
Get your tasks in order and make sure you don’t miss a thing! Trello is the perfect task management app to share with your team.
This app helps you stay organised using boards, which consists of cards that you and your team will add and accomplish.
Another workflow management app worth mentioning is Asana. Members can track projects and assign tasks, this app is designed to help make collaborative tasks and projects easier for your team.
Need to do a team meeting? Zoom allows you to video chat up to dozens of team members. No need to reach out to members individually, you can gather up your team for one big meeting- saving you time and effort.
Discuss with your team in real-time anywhere you are! Say goodbye to lengthy email ccs and bccs, Slack is the way to go. Get work done with your team in the most organised and convenient way.
Need somewhere to store all your shared files? Google Drive is the way to go. One feature we tend to use a lot is shared docs. Making changes and editing shared documents on the go is a breeze.
Perfect for creating notes on the go whilst managing a busy schedule. You are able to keep all your notes organised and sync automatically across all your different devices.
Now if any of you are like me, you have a ton of different account logins you will need to share with your team. Lastpass makes this process seamless and enables you to share passwords with your team without compromising the security of these accounts.
And that wraps up the ways you can stay productive and on top of all your work during the quarantine! Stay safe and healthy, everyone. Let me know what your favourite tips and tools are.