Work from home is the norm for many individuals all over the world. The pandemic aside, many companies function online and have a majority of their employees working remotely. For all of these, the mistakes discussed in this blog are quite common. They can impact their professional growth severely. Here are some of the common mistakes:
Not Working in a Work-Conducive Environment
A bad environment will not allow you to work effectively. Also, make sure to have good equipment at your home so that you can work conveniently. One of the most important things is an internet connection that works well – for me switching to Cox internet plans was the best decision. It is advisable to have a good, noise-free section of the house dedicated to working. A comfortable chair and good hardware also come in handy. If you like environments that have good lighting, then installing a few electric bulbs will come in handy too. If you’re someone like me who likes darker environments then you’re in great luck. It’s your home and you can easily shut all the lights down except for the necessary ones that are important for smooth working.
Considering WFH as a Holiday
Many people don’t treat remote working jobs as full-time jobs. This is wrong. Note that even when you’re working from home, it’s a full-time job and not a holiday. Additionally, your company is going to pay you in full afterward. So, take it seriously.
Watching a movie at your home cinema may seem like a good idea at first. Ask yourself if it will affect your work or not? If it will, discipline yourself and give away such an idea. Moreover, think if it is a morally correct thing to do? Aren’t you supposed to be working during that time? Be honest to yourself and your company. Discipline yourself and work with due diligence.
Not Setting Up Milestones
Balance things out. A WFH routine does not mean that you start wasting your time on online games. Gets things done by setting up milestones for your own self. Be available online for your manager. Developers have to remain in touch with each other during app development. If you’re watching a TV show and you miss a call from a teammate, that might result in a loss of valuable work done before.
Take breaks, use social media, and interact with your family. Regardless, prioritize your work during the hours you have committed to work. Answer emails, share updates, and most important accomplish your goals.
It’s understandable you’re working from home but it does not mean you should invite your friends over for tea. Work with self-restraint. Forget about the dishes that you have to take care of. Even if you start cleaning them, you’ll start thinking about the work that needs your attention. Discipline yourself first and foremost. Plan your routine and set boundaries for yourself. Understand what needs to be done and what does not need to be done. Plot a timeline in the morning for your daily tasks. Follow it and get everything done.
Taking care of your children is as important as your work. How are you going to take care of them? That’s a valid question but with just a little management, you can do an excellent job. Even if you have a working spouse, you can manage easily. If you have an important meeting, ask your spouse to cover up for you. On the other hand, you can also alternate times taking care of the toddler. With just a little smart management, you do manage your child with ease and grace.
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Remember that a balanced life is a good life. Don’t get too focused on work or too focused on your family. And don’t go silent, by all means. You’re at home and home is different from the office. Once in a while, interact with your family and talk to them. It is understandable that if you have a good work ethic. But that does not mean that you completely ignore your family members. Pay attention to them as well. At your office, even if you encounter a problem, your IT team can solve it immediately. However, at home, you may even face internet issues. When I had to work from home I called Cox customer services to upgrade my package. Think about what you need to do for a perfect WFH regime. Remember that work is “work” regardless of where it is from.
Try to avoid these aforementioned mistakes and you will be able to work effectively from home as well. If you don’t, however, you will not be able to get in your manager’s good books. If you’re career-oriented, that’s very bad news. Work with due diligence to reap greater awards later.