Feel right at home
when you work or study from home
It’s the lockdown. You’re at home for a good period of time, whether you like it or not. Studying and working from home feels a lot different, and at home, sometimes you don’t feel like doing either so how to study and work from home. However, here are some important tips that will help you turn the home situation into an advantage:
Important tips to study and work from home
1 . Get dressed
Sure, you’re at home, and most of your calls/classes are not video calls/classes. The natural tendency is to wear your pyjamas and just get through the day. This doesn’t help though. What will help is if you try and emulate your normal routine EVERYDAY when you’re working/studying from home. Wake up on time, have a good breakfast, dress up as if you were going to work – it might help normalise the ‘new normal’ for you.
2 . Create a work/study space
What will also help you stick to a routine is to create a personal space for yourself at home. Recreate your desk at work/classes if you have to. Select an area with good lighting, comfortable seating and one that has space for your stationery.
3 . Make a time-table
Plan you day well. Check what classes/meetings you have through the day, so you can plan ahead and be productive when it really matters. If you live with your parents, or with your wife (and either of them work), then coordinate the important events of your day with theirs so there’s no clash in virtual meetings. Even at home, it’s always important to keep boundaries between work and home life.
4 . Reduce distractions
Now, when you work or study from home, it is virtually impossible to completely eliminate all distractions. But there are a few things you can do to reduce its impact – turn off text/email/social media notifications on your phone while you work. Let your family know exactly when you can be disturbed and when you cannot. And maybe, buy a pair of noise-cancelling headphones for those REALLY important meetings.
5 . Take small breaks
Taking regular, small breaks will help boost your productivity levels. Trying to work right through the day might exhaust you earlier than you imagined. If, like from Point 1, you maintain your regular office routine at home, take your coffee or lunch breaks as you would have there. Even when you’re studying, a part of your time table should include a recess. And definitely, an hour of physical activity.
6 . Look after yourself
Rest adequately so you can recharge your batteries for the next day. Get 8 hours of sleep. Drink plenty of water. Ensure a degree of separation between home life and work life. And, most importantly – be careful not to consume too much negative news about current events.
So remember, working from home or studying from home can be a fun, enjoyable experience – if you allow yourself to enjoy it!