No, the apocalypse is not here. But this pandemic isn’t anything to laugh at either. People are losing jobs easily, quickly, and profusely. If you are one of the lucky people who still kept their job, well, you are probably working remotely. Furthermore, if you are a business owner, you might have sent all of your people onto remote work. Of course, doing this correctly isn’t easy.
Our tips below can instruct you on how best to work remotely during this lockdown, and how to make the most out of your time (or your employees’ time) during this pandemic.
Here are some resources we have to help during this uncertain time:
- Get our offensive & defensive strategy workbook free
- Make use of the grants and funding provided by the government
We also wrote some really helpful articles around this topic, see them below.
Act like you are still going to the office
The last thing you need to do is lose your work rhythm. While most people might actually look forward to working form home, remember that you still need to keep your focus. Whether you are working on your lead magnet, social media, or doing rudimentary data entry, you need to keep your head in the game.
We suggest you dress up like you would if you were going to the office. Put on your tie, or wear your work clothes, put on some makeup, whatever it is, you should try to get it set up. Also, try to keep your work hours as close to your office hours as you could.
Make a to-do list
You need to structure your day if you want to make the most out of this time. Manage your productivity and your time, and you will minimize the potential of any distractions coming your way. We suggest you write down your goals at the end of every day and have a clear schedule for the following day.
Turn it into segments, set out clear timeframes for specific activities, all governed by your goals and clear tasks. If you don’t do this, you might end up losing hours on procrastination or handling distractions.
Distractions are going to be an issue since you will be working from home. The challenge will be much bigger and higher if you have kids. The kids watching TV, the stress of isolation getting to them, or even something more positive like fun and laughter – both are horrible for your productivity. And of course, the temptations of video games, Netflix, hanging out with your family and your partner, or merely procrastinating by cleaning your house for the millionth time.
Poor connectivity can also be a problem. Skype calls, conference calls, meetings, and sessions all still need to be held. You can try and organize it alone, or you can contact a good company like Redback Connect, and have the specialists handle this for you. You can also (with their help or not) organize seminars and conferences for your employees.
We advise you to become very strict with your time and to use one room in your home as your office. This room is barred for entry by anyone in your vicinity.
Use this time to hone your skills
You will definitely have more time now that a pandemic is raging. Maybe your hours have been cut, or you simply don’t have to commute, you get a couple of extra hours every day. While you can relax and chill during this time, we suggest you invest 30 minutes every day to better hone your skills and become a better employee.
For example, you can spend this time learning how to understand your customers, or perhaps learning another language. Maybe work on your speaking skills, or get an online course on excel and google drive.
Get into an entrepreneurial mindset
Think about how you add value to your team, your company, your organization, and your people. So – what can you do to define the problems and challenges that might be faced by the business. See how you can stand out, how you can handle this tragedy better than your completion, and how you can make your name in the company and in your industry.
Don’t lose contact
Try to communicate with as many people as possible. Stay in touch, use skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook, Slack, whatever app and platform your business, your co-workers, and your friends use. Sure, it might not be that noticeable at the beginning, but you want to remain in contact with other people.
This means regularly communicating with other people, maintaining your relationships, networking, doing the best you can to stay in contact.
Get some exercise
Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. It’s also important to strengthen your immune system in these times. And of course, blowing off steam once you go stir crazy from developing cabin fever means a lot. So, things like working out in your home, getting on your stationary bike, or doing some Pilates or bodyweight work is more than enough.
Yoga, jump rope, all of this is great for a strong workout. As long as you are sweating and getting the most out of your time, that’s all that matters.
And there you have its folks, a couple of tips on how to make the most out of your remote work during the lockdown. Remember to focus on your job, on keeping the place as a good office, and stick to a to-do list. Behave like an entrepreneur, try to stay in contact with people, and learn how to deal with distractions.
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