The COVID-19 has changed the ways of conducting the logistics business these days. Working from home which used to be a luxury provided by our respective organizations from time to time has now become mandatory in several countries because of the lockdown imposed due to the pandemic.
According to our world’s logistics scenario report, many shipping companies – as well as several officers in Customs Clearance – are working from home and all documents are being processed online. In the most developed cities, the customs tasks are being done even faster and can function fully. However, in those places where technology is poor, a lot of delays are happening.
Office goers all over the world are now adapting to working from a new office viz. the living room couch. Initially, work from home might sound like a dream come true for many of us- no getting up too early to reach your workplace, no co-workers to distract you, and the added bonus of working in your pyjamas from your couch or even your bed! However, the novelty starts to wear off within 2 weeks when you start feeling claustrophobic, demotivated and often isolated.
This is exactly why you need just the right dose of self-care and discipline so as to rule out the risks of becoming discouraged, bored and possibly even depressed. Today we are going to talk about a few important tips to boost your work from home productivity which would lead to enhanced performance and better work-life balance.
Make a routine
It is extremely important for telecommuters to stick to a routine since while working from home the transition from your bed to your computer desk can be a jarring task. This is why you need to create a to-do list and get started with it as soon as you leave the bed. Even though you just need to walk a few steps to get to your computer, it is always a good idea to put in the effort of taking a shower, and getting dressed to feel more office-ready, or else you might have to urge to go back to bed.
Don’t hesitate to take a break when possible
Quite frankly, none of us work eight hours straight in our workplace since there are always lunch breaks, coffee breaks, and chit-chats with the colleagues to offer a bit of respite from work. People who work from home are always advised to hit the pause button for a brief break from work. Stepping away from the computer for short tea or coffee breaks adds to your performance without affecting your effectiveness.
Designate a particular workspace
You can create an office-like feel without actually stepping into your office by selecting a dedicated work space. Instead of lying down on your bed or couch with the laptop what you need to do is select a specific space (ideally with a table, chair, and charging point close to you) to work from. This will allow you to enter the right frame of mind before getting started with your tasks.
One of the few downsides of remote working is that you miss out on a lot of social interactions with your colleagues. This is why you need to make sure of apps like Skype, Zoom or FaceTime not just for meetings but also for catching up with your co-workers. Seeing each other’s faces from time to time will help you avoid loneliness and create more meaningful communications.
Make sure you don’t get disturbed by those around you
Although you are working from home, chances are high that you still have company. Make sure to tell your roommates, parents, partners, kids, or siblings to respect your workspace while you’re at work. This will keep distractions to a minimum.
Don’t let the news bring you down
When it comes to enhancing your work from home productivity, the first thing you need to do is avoid all sorts of distractions. In the times of Covid-19 the most common source of distraction (and often anxiety) is the news. So try not to check on the Coronavirus updates while you’re at work. Although it is always good to keep yourself informed, the news can always wait till you log off work.
Lastly make sure to discuss any problems you might be facing with your peers at work and help each other out whenever needed. In times like this, we need to stick together and take care of each other like never before.