In just a few weeks, as we know, daily life has changed at 180 degrees due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the resulting mitigation efforts. Local and state governments around the world have taken unprecedented steps to slow the spread of the virus with mandatory or otherwise ordering stay at home. At any other time of time, such drastic measures could certainly crush the economy in all aspects, but fortunately the technology is on our side.
Thanks to computers and the Internet, millions of people can do their jobs remotely from home while complying with social distance measures. Naturally, this cannot say for every job, but many different industries face more dire consequences, if not for the technology tools we have.
This is the scenario in which many people find themselves today, and many ask to work from home for the first time in their lives. At TechSpot, all our writers have been doing this for over a decade. Not only have you ever worked at home, not to be full-time, the expectation may seem daunting or completely insurmountable.
We want to help with a few useful tips not only about what you can do, but probably what you shouldn’t do. Our hope is that we can contribute with ideas that will prepare you to overcome the difficulty later.
Don’t: Justify purchasing
If absolutely not necessary, don’t justify buying a new computer or expensive furniture. While the world is in turmoil right now, even those with the most stable jobs may be having trouble being happy. Instead, think about what your business really requires you to do. For example, if you type a marketing copy for a living, you don’t need the latest Core i9 or Threadripper CPU to finish the job.
What’s more, a basic folding table is more than enough for most improvised home offices. Remember, in most cases, you’re creating a workaround, not your office that lasts forever. A good office seat is the only exception we’ll consider here, or if you prefer, a standing table. A kitchen chair or old patio furniture probably won’t cut it for too long.
For at least more expensive, here are a few office seats suggestions: Furmax Mesh ($60-$135), Leather office seat ($80-$250), Hon basyx Mesh ($235), Gabrylly Ergonomic Mesh ($300), Herman Miller Sayl ($500), Steelcase ($1,000), Herman Miller Embody ($1,500).
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Set up a dedicated workspace
Set up a custom workspace if possible. I’ve seen countless photos of people using the kitchen table as a makeshift office. For many families, the kitchen is a central meeting point and is a place visits several times a day. You probably won’t be very productive trying to handle all this distraction.
An allocated home office is definitely an ideal choice, but instead, consider converting the unused space on a spare bedroom or garage into a temporary office. It would be better to make room in your bedroom than in the kitchen. The kitchen or living room will work, but it will only be place in these areas as a last resort.
Consider reusing old hardware
Consider reusing old hardware or bringing new breaths to a system weary with minimal investment. My business computer is running a mid-range processor launched in early 2011, but it’s still fast enough to be installed for at least a few more years. If you have an old computer and suddenly find yourself having to work from home, try formatting it again and just getting started with the software you need to complete your tasks. You might be surprised how fast an old system feels without a clogged registry. And if it really requires a kick, an affordable solid-state driver or an extra RAM can cheat without paying much.
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Bother dressing to impress
“Bother dressing to impress”. Seriously, if your job doesn’t require you to make video calls or be seen by others, there’s absolutely no point in turning your morning pyjamas into workwear. In all my years working from home (my entire professional career), I’ve never dressed up to sit at the top of the keyboard for once. Why would you be less comfortable and have to do extra laundry?
Set limits on both yourself and your family. It is imperative to eliminate distractions during business hours and maintain a routine. When you work at home, this can mean setting yourself a program and being careful about sticking to it. Be discipline.
Who’s going to stop you from turn-on or doing laundry on the TV while it’s at the hour without surveillance? Who is this for yourself? And if you have family members under the same roof, make sure they know they’re not available and not to disturbed during working hours. If the truth is, take earplugs or use headphones to quell chaos to keep background noise to a minimum.
Invest in accessories
Invest in accessories that make your business really easier or more comfortable. I write to live, so having a quality keyboard is at the top of my list of priorities. A robust mouse that’s comfortable to use for a long time is also worth it and where would I be if I didn’t have reliable 3M gel wrist support? I tend to prefer wired accessories to wireless variants.
Because something that goes wrong is less, but that’s a largely personal choice. I’ve discovered the value of a large number of screen space provides by a large screen. But if you’re not creating a long-term solution, you can save money and skip that addition.
Believe the myth
Don’t believe the myth that you need the fastest broadband connection your ISP offers to work from home. I’ve been a victim of this way of thinking for years, rationalizing my need for a high-level connection. When I finally woke up, I started saving a lot of money, and to be honest, I couldn’t even understand the difference between the fastest connection and medium-range connection for most tasks.
keeping your workspace organized
Be proud of keeping your workspace organized. Every day after work, I force myself to clean my desk – not in-depth cleaning, attention, but I lift my sunglasses, Put my hat in a cat tree, put the mail in my drawer, throw the soda cans, that sort of thing. It only takes a minute or two, but it makes it much more enjoyable to start the next day. “Do something today that your future self will thank you.”
Don’t: Calm down or treat it like a vacation. Remember, your boss is still watching your performance at work (and probably more at the moment). Go up and down. Get out of the crowd. If there are job discounts in the near future, maybe you will get rid of the deduction from a colleague because you’re working harder and taking the initiative during this period. Who knows, when things get back to normal, it could lead to more business opportunities down the road.
An adjustment period
Wait for an adjustment period. I’ve told everyone who’s been listening for years that working from home isn’t crazy at all. Just this week, I was talking to someone who said working from home was “surprisingly difficult.”” Another friend said he had difficulty separating the business from the day-to-day work after he was sent home. It gets easier over time as you get used to it, but don’t expect it to be a cake walk from the start.