Many people struggle with working from home or e-commuting to work, because the idea and function of the office is an embedded practice with purpose in our everyday lives.
For a lot of us, the office is our ‘escape’. A refined and productive social engagement that is directly attributable to our financial success.
However, working from home provides the ability to balance all the parts of our lives that matter.
This is something that has ‘really hit home’ for a lot of corporates during C-19 lockdown.
When e-commuting, it is important to recognise there will be a time of fumbling through schedules, due dates and deliverables until you adapt to the new way of scheduling and master the new tools for colleague/ mentor/ client communications and productive engagement.
What you will also soon come to realise is you finally have the supports and tools for establishing that sometimes elusive work/life balance. why? Because now you have the tools and in most cases, the company’s support.
So what are your new tools…?
- Flexibility – something most adjust to with ease, even if they are lovers of detailed daily lists and schedules.
- Autonomy – many find this a motivator
- Responsibility – many fail of manage tasks to completion in isolation, without realising this is a key area for showcasing their leadership capabilities.
- Know the privilege you enjoy.
- Be well Organised.
- Set aside place to work – ideally not at the kitchen table, but away from others and further distractions. allocate a room and it also becomes a tax deduction #WinWin
- Manage your time – Don’t also be on, connected or available. Set a well-defined working hours. Allocate tasks to time then once you’ve done so, advise your colleagues of any deadlines for collaborations or due dates for submissions. Although some e-commuters resist, a daily work schedule is your best friend in the e-commuting scenario.
- Back yourself – This is how you counter balance stagnation when ‘the boss is away’ scenario. Back yourself to know what you are doing and how your contribution moves the business forward towards it’s success.
- Proactively manage your stress – after all, our greatest weapon against it[stress], is our ability to choose one thought over another.
- Exercise each day – you don’t have to run a marathon or pump iron everyday, but just going for a walk around the block every morning can provide both physical well being and mental clarity.
- Dress for success – even if you are in a tracksuit, make sure it is clean, ironed, stain- free, your face is washed, teeth are brushed and your hair is combed and styled. You’ll feel ready to succeed.
If you have any other tips, you’d like to share please do so in the comments section