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  • Writer's pictureUzma Amlani

Working From Home?

Living in a Post-Covid (can we even say we are post-Covid? More like post-Lockdown, I should say), life in corporate America has forever changed. Personally for me, I went from working in an office environment every day to working completely from home to now working only a few days a month in the office. So this meant, at whatever cost, I had to find the best hacks, tips, desk, accessories, all things work from home, in order to motivate me to work and encourage me to pull the long nights for deadlines.

I will say though working from home offers numerous benefits, such as flexibility and comfort. However, it also presents unique challenges that can hinder productivity, the biggest one being mental health.

So I jot down my top tips to help you make the most of your remote work experience. Here are some valuable tips to enhance your efficiency and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

1.     Establish a Dedicated Workspace: Creating a designated workspace helps foster focus and concentration. Set up a comfortable and organized area that is separate from your personal space. This will mentally prepare you for work and minimize distractions. I personally went through 3 different desks till I found my dream desk. It's an electronic stand up desk and the working area is also a dry-erase board. It's easy to clean and allows me to stand and sit throughout the day.

2.     Stick to a Schedule: Maintaining a consistent work routine is crucial to stay productive. Set clear working hours and adhere to them. Establishing a schedule helps you stay disciplined and ensures a healthy work-life balance. For me, this is walking my dogs, making my breakfast, and settling myself before I start working for the day.

3.     Dress for Success: While it may be tempting to stay in your pajamas all day, getting dressed, putting on some mascara, combing your hair can have a significant impact on your mindset.

4.     Prioritize and Organize: Create a to-do list or use a productivity app to prioritize your tasks. Break down larger projects into smaller, manageable chunks. By organizing your workload, you can tackle each task efficiently, ensuring that nothing falls through the cracks.

5.     Take Regular Breaks: It's important to give your mind and body periodic breaks to recharge. Incorporate short breaks into your schedule, such as stretching, going for a walk, or engaging in a quick mindfulness exercise. These moments of relaxation can enhance your focus and overall well-being.

6.     Communicate Effectively: Maintain open and clear communication with your colleagues and supervisors. Regularly update them on your progress, share any challenges you may be facing, and seek assistance when needed. Effective communication fosters teamwork and ensures everyone is on the same page. For my team, we like to do daily check-ins regarding workloads, family, and anything exciting happening. This fosters a healthy work environment, so despite being home it still feels like you're a part of team.

7.     Stay Healthy and Energized: Working from home can blur the boundaries between work and personal life. To maintain a healthy work-life balance, prioritize self-care. Eat nutritious meals, exercise regularly, take dance breaks, and get enough sleep. Taking care of your physical and mental well-being will boost your productivity and overall happiness, which will lead to a positive mindset. And don't forget to drink your water!

Working from home can be rewarding and efficient if approached with the right mindset and strategies. By creating a conducive workspace, establishing a routine, and implementing effective organization and communication techniques, you can optimize your productivity and enjoy the benefits of remote work while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

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