how to effectively work from home
how to effectively work from home
how to effectively work from home

Eni is not a fan of working from home, but the outbreak of the Covid-19 and the need for self-isolation has forced him to work from a corner of his home. This rather unfortunate development does not apply to Eni alone, it applies to the entire population of the working class around the world.

One could say that for many people around the world, working from home is not normal. However, regardless of the series of distractions and disturbance that comes with working from home, it can also be fun, effective, and effectual.

Here are the 10 tips to help you work from home effectively.

  1. Carve out space for an office in your home:

how to work effectively from home
how to work effectively from home

this is certainly the first step to working effectively from your home. You need to carve out a small space inside your inner room to be used as an office.
How do you do that? it is the easiest thing to do, do not panic we’ll put you through. Perhaps, you have a spare bedroom or space in your house, get an office table, chair for your computer and other office supplies. Be super sure the place you have carved out is quite so you can focus on your task.
Be consistent to work from there every day.

  1. Set out a To-do list:

To-do list
To-do list

Well I guess you are familiar with the word “To-do list” if you’re not, we will ensure that you understand the term and teach you how to apply this.
To-do list: a To-do list is a list of tasks you’ll love to get done for the day. The essence of a to-do list is to help you keep track of all the tasks you intend to get done before the end of the day.

How do I use a To-do list?

This is the most simple thing in the world. All you need to do is to get a piece of paper, write a to-do list as a heading and highlight the list of tasks you intend to get done for the day. When you are done with a task, mark a score on the task, submit a report and move on to the next task on the agenda till you’re done with the entire task of the day.
Viola ! you have successfully activated a to-do list for yourself, this will help you to keep track and achieve all your task for the day
Identify what needs to get done and do it perfectly before the end of the day.

  1. Ensure you’re at work on regular work hours:

ensure you work on regular work hours
ensure you work on regular work hours

this is the most important step to ensure that you’re productive. When working from home, it’s always easy to make work flexible for yourself, you could give yourself some break, gist with family e.t.c. however, be sure you’re doing yourself a huge disservice. setting yourself available helps you to be accountable to yourself and to your boss. Be there when your boss needs you and when your customers need you. At this moment in the world when everyone is self-isolating makes business and transactions more engaging. Hence, be there at your working hours, because an emergency may arise that needs your utmost attention.

  1. Set a time frame for every project or task:

here is the idea, on every task on your To-do list, set a time frame for every project. You could set an hour, two, or three depending on how tough a particular task could be.

Why do you need to set a time frame for every project?

  • Setting a time frame enables you to achieve a lot on your to-do list.
  • It also helps you to be timely with every project.
  1. Communicate effectively with your Boss, and colleagues:

  2. communicate effectively
    communicate effectively

the huge difference between working from home and office is that you will not be able to rub shoulders with your colleagues, no gist during breaks, you do not get to see that guy or chick you’ve got a crush on. But do not worry, different technologies will bring all these things to you. This leads us to relevant technologies or tools for effective communication.

  1. Use online tools and technologies to communicate with your boss and colleagues:

we are no longer in the 90s! This is 2020, the world has advanced technologically bringing in several online communicating tools that help one to communicate effectively from any corner of the world. Just like you want to communicate effectively with your colleagues and boss.

Online tools for communication
Online tools for communication

Here is the list of online tools to help you communicate better.

Google talk:

as long as you receive emails on your Gmail, you’re good to use a google talk. Either for a video call or quick chat.
This is one of the most effective tools for an online office. Google Talk is not a big deal for anyone, just add the person or colleagues on your google talk list and you’re set for a chat or a video call.

Messenger flock:

this is another effective tool for an online office. It has been described as one of the most cost-effective collaboration tools in the tech market. It is indeed an all-in-one tool that takes care of a company’s messaging activities.

Google drive:

many do not know about this effective file sharing google tool. It helps you to share files and documents with as many people as possible.

Zoom (Video conferencing ):

Zoom is a video conferencing tool that has direct screen sharing abilities. One of the unique characteristics of Zoom is that apart from the fact that it is a user-friendly tool, it is absolutely free. Zoom can record team meetings and screen-sharing sessions
There are several other online tools that could make work effective. All you need to do is to research the ones that suit your fancy.

  1. Avoid distractions:

you really need to avoid distractions as much as possible. Distraction can slow down work. hence, working hours should be your working hours.

  1. Take a stroll

while you get so busy with work, take time to chill, do not get too fixed on your screen. You could stroll out, get a coffee or go grab some lunch.

  1. Be vigilant:

Be vigilant
Be vigilant

try as much as possible to be very sensitive to any developments around you. Follow the trends so you know when security risk occurs. This is one of the most vital aspects of anyone even when you work in the office. Try as much as possible to be security conscious.

  1. Finally, check on your co-worker frequently:

This is very key when you work, try to check on your colleagues frequently. If they do not respond to their message on time, get a medium to reach them in case any emergency may arise with them.
In conclusion, you will definitely miss rubbing shoulder, with colleagues, gisting, gossiping, and seeing that handsome, or beautiful lady you’re crushing on, however, all these tips will enable you to get your job done

You will miss rubbing shoulder with colleagues blah blah blah however you will get your job done and miss the stress of commuting

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