As more and more companies provide flexibility to their employees, working from home will soon become the norm. While the majority welcome this setup with open arms, some people don’t enjoy sharing their private space with work. And who can blame them? There are distractions, the overlap between work and personal life, and difficulty collaborating with team members.
While it may be challenging to transition to this new work structure, there are things you can do to stay productive – and yes, even if you’re in your favorite pambahay clothes.
Here are 5 tips:
Unless you’re blessed with a large house, making space for a home office can be difficult. But before you start panicking, know that it’s alright to setup a space in common areas such as the kitchen or the living room. Just make sure that there’s enough sunlight. Research says that those who work in daylit spaces experience fewer headaches and eyestrain which impede productivity.
For Kevin Purdy, a writer at Wirecutter, a New York Times Company where most staff work from home, having responsibilities in the morning helps him to stick to a schedule. Having errands in the morning gives your body enough time to wake up. It also ensures that you will not miss personal hygiene. May it be tending to your plants or walking your dog, preventing yourself from jumping straight to your laptop right after waking up helps you set the mood for productive work.
While working from home gives you more freedom to manage your schedule, one of its many pitfalls is isolation. One thing that can ease this is to keep in touch with your officemates online. Aside from making sure that you’re not missing any update on the project you’re working on, it also makes it easier for others to quickly check on you. This is especially important for women who have it harder when it comes to working from home. They thrive more when they have a network that provides support and meaningful workplace relationships.
Internet service providers have made it easier for us to access fast and stable internet at home. However, if you’re seriously considering shifting to work from home setup for good, whether you’ve decided to go freelance or start your own business, it’s best to determine your bandwidth needs. Can you do away with residential service or there’s a need to upgrade to business service? One way to find out is by running an online speed test. Once you’ve assessed its performance, identify how many from your household you’ll be sharing the internet with.
When you’re working from home, investing in electronic devices that you frequently use is a must. Even if you religiously follow all the 4 tips mentioned above, if your laptop is slow, your productivity can still suffer. If you’re feeling overwhelmed in choosing a laptop, start with looking for something that is responsive and has long battery life.
One such laptop that has that and more is the HP Pavilionx360.
With HP Pavilion x360 you can enjoy up to 11.75 hours of battery life. Its fast-charging feature allows you to go from 0 to 50% charge in 45 minutes.
What’s more is that its 360-degree hinge lets you easily switch between laptop, tent, or tablet depending on your needs. Aside from its light and portable design it also has a strong processor with its 8TH Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor and NVIDIA® MX250 2GB DDR5 Discrete Graphics and a 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD dual-storage that give you all the power to get things done fast.
The HP Pavilion x360’s dual storage also makes it responsive and contributes to its fast boot-up time.
Despite the obvious challenges of working from home, the majority of the workforce today prefer this new setup. In an annual report published by Buffer, a social media management platform, 95% of the respondents say that they encourage others to work remotely stating a flexible schedule as the biggest benefit.
How about you? Do you have tips to stay productive while working from home? Share them with us. – Rappler.com