The ideal remote working situation comes with perks like cutting out commutes, increasing quality family time and productivity and achieving a better work-life balance without losing social interaction, nuance and sense of community.
However, that is not exactly possible amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Most of us have little choice but to resort to “work from home”. Yet, self-isolation is crippling our creativity, challenging our motivation and passion, and elevating the sense of loneliness. In other words, we miss our co-working space and fellow coworkers.
So here are some tips to transform your home and recreate a similar environment as your favourite coworking space.
Tips to work from home like you would in a coworking space:
1. Don’t shut people out completely
One of the reasons why coworking spaces are as awesome as they are is because of the variety of people. Working around other professionals is what turbocharges your day and keeps you motivated, irrespective of whether you are a digital nomad or an entrepreneur.
If you live with your family or friends, make sure you don’t shut them out completely during your “work hours”. Having said that, you don’t need to be surrounded by people all the time, but keep checking in with your colleagues during the day, just like you would in a regular office setting.
Set up your surroundings like you would arrange your private work desk.
2. Follow a routine
A regular work routine helps you get in the right mindset of work. Even if you are more comfortable in sweats, you should still sit down to work at your work desk at a fixed time and take breaks as you would in your office.
A routine also helps you feel like you’re not working all day and keep track of projects (and productivity), and even compare it with your performance in a standard workplace. You should also have your meals and snacks at the right time to stay energized and avoid binge-eating.
A fixed routine also means less working from the bed with chips all over you and being more “impromptu video conference” ready.
3. Moving around
It’s only natural to move around in a familiar, comfortable space like home, and plop down on the couch every once in a while, but making it a habit is not something you want to do. On the other hand, you cannot be sitting in an upright position all day either. Work from home is supposed to be flexible.
Make sure that you get enough movement in an interval of three hours at least. If possible, you could set up various locations in your home for different purposes. For instance you could move to the living room for checking in on emails while spending time with family and shift to the study (or a desk) for taking calls and working on projects.
Work from home, like a pro
While we understand that it’s relatively more productive to work in a co-working space, working from home is the need of the hour for us now. It’s important that we stay positive and get through this together.