By: Rafael Reyes
If you have been working remotely for an extended period of time you have probably realized it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Don’t get me wrong it comes with major upsides but working from home doesn’t come without its respective challenges. In this blog, I will touch on best practices, productivity, and general tips I have learned in my experience working from a home office as well as advice from my colleagues.
- “Must-Have” Applications For Your Desktop
The change of environment alone is enough to throw off the routine most of us were used to pre-pandemic. So, if you aren’t disciplined with a good work ethic you might find yourself taking advantage of the liberties of remote working.
So, How do you avoid this?
I myself have had trouble staying on task and I use Clockify to track my time in order to keep myself in check. I suggest you install it since it’s free and use it at your best convenience. I use it to track my breaks, lunches, and anytime I remove myself from my desk. This lets me avoid short-changing myself on my deserved breaks while also not letting myself go over my allowed time by too much. Doing this has boosted my productivity since I am more aware of the time I waste.
Speaking of helpful software, I believe F.lux is imperative to have on your desktop. We all know looking at a bright screen in the morning is not pleasant, and after looking at it all day it can strain your eyes and cause headaches. F.lux removes the hassle of going into settings, switching on filters, or modifying your brightness. It automatically adapts your display to the time of day. Whether you download it for aesthetics or to sleep better, it’s free so I fully recommend trying it.
- Create a Daily Routine
Working on-site forces you to create daily habits and hence a routine. Working from home doesn’t force the same customs, so you must make an effort to create a healthy daily pattern. That is definitely easier said than done, so I advise you to start by doing a morning routine, master it and then work towards a full-day routine with new and better habits. It’s a tough task but following a daily guideline will undoubtedly keep you more organized and improve your time management skills.
- Be Mindful of Your Environment
You might think remote working means you can wake up five minutes before you clock in, wearing pajamas, have the TV on in the background, and take as many breaks as you’d like. You might also think, “well, what is the problem with that if I get my work done?” But keep in mind bad habits only get worse. So consider your surroundings, are you in a quiet place, is it messy, is it dark? You might not think so, but just like building a routine helps you get in the ‘at work’ mindset so does your environment.
- Advice from Remote Team
It’s always good to get second opinions so I asked my team if they had any tips to share. Ruben Murillo is a fellow account manager at Ventes and I think he shared a great piece of advice, “Cultivate friendships with your virtual teams. Sometimes working remotely we might become isolated. But taking the time to interact brings back the office social life that really helps us enjoy connecting to work and look forward to it every day.” I believe it’s important to build a bond with your colleagues, it’s tougher when you only interact virtually but gaining confidence and trust with your team is a great thing to have in the workplace.
Our colleague Miranda Godoy also offered some really good tips to consider when working from home. “1. If possible, don’t work in the same place where you sleep/relax. 2. Create a To-Do list 3. Set a schedule and include restroom breaks, lunchtime, and a couple of minutes to breathe (Include To-Do’s) 4. Stay Hydrated.” These are all good things to consider, especially creating a to-do list. I do this myself and can vouch for its effectiveness, it’s a good way to stay organized and on top of your tasks.
Last but not least, Airelle Arellano who has been working from home longer than any of us, recommends to “go out for some fresh air while working to give yourself a break.” It might seem simple but doing this can have a big effect. Whether it’s before, after, or during your shift taking a walk can clear your mind and even benefit your health.
- Final Thoughts
With these suggestions in mind, you can make the best out of working from the comfort of your home. You must do what works for you, perhaps for one person taking a 5-minute walk helps tremendously but not for you. Maybe all you need to clear your mind is a glass of water and to get away from your desk for a few minutes. Whatever it is you need to do, the important thing to remember is to always try and make the best habits and a healthy work/life balance.
This blog was written by the staff at Ventes Mexico LLC Ventes Mexico is a top-rated outsource recruitment firm located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Founded by an American, with 16 years of living in Mexico, Ventes Mexico operates in the USA and Mexico. The company specialized in remote staffing and headhunting. Each of its employees is 100% bilingual (English/Spanish).