Goa.me Guide: How to make working from home work for you!
With the COVID-19 lockdown extended from March 22nd to mid May, working from home has quickly become the only way to get things done. Not only for now, but likely into the future as well as more and more businesses are forced to reevaluate their internal structuring to accommodate this new global reality. However this isn't necessarily a bad thing!
As creators of Goa.me, we've been working remotely for nearly a decade and while we certainly miss the collective energy of our favourite co-work cafes & spaces in Goa, we also know just how beneficial a working from home relationship can be. When done right, of course.
So how to make working from home work for you?
By creating this guide, we not only want to give you tips & tricks on how to build an at home routine that works for you but also provide real life examples of interesting & inspiring individuals who've mastered the art of working remotely and who've taken steps to make the most of the situation they're in.
So instead of simply listing our own suggestions, we reached out to a number of small business owners, freelancers, artists & entrepreneurs and asked them to give you their number one tips on how to build a successful working from home routine.
Here's what they had to say!
1. Accept the situation that you are in...
YOU ARE IN A LOCKDOWN.
Your business will be slow.
Your internet will be slow.
Things might not be looking the way you had planned. There might be people around you when you work. ACCEPT THAT.
If you have room to lock yourself up and work, that's awesome. But if you have your mom, your dad, your little sister, your granny around you, don't get annoyed by their instructions and chatter. This time is a boon for all of us. Use every hour of the day to the fullest. Think of new ways to do your business. Take up an online course on Udemy to improve your skill sets. Don't let your mind interpret 'work from home' as 'end of the world'. Stay positive and stay fit.
Remember - Carpe Diem. Seize the day. Keep dreaming. Stay connected with your folks. Feel blessed.
Co-founder & Creative Director, Goa Bylane
On Instagram @goabylane & Youtube here!
2. Don't be too harsh on yourself...
Working from home has many perks and everyday productivity might not be one and that is OK.
After a decade of working from home, it is not only my second nature but also how I function the best. Some days you work all day and hardly get any work done and on some days you work a little and get a lot done. Set short term goals and wake up early. Mornings are the most pure time to work.
Tea Curator for Tea Amo & Travel Writer
On Instagram @borkakotea & @teaamogoa
3. Start your day off right!
Everyday wake up just like you do when you work from your office, get ready in your office outfit & set up a dedicated desk (preferably outside your bedroom).
Also, do more video calls / organise regular meetings to get yourself up to date with your team’s activities / work progress. This keeps you motivated and can help push away any negative self isolation thoughts.
Founder of Growth Gravy
On Instagram & Twitter @virvazir
4. Identify your peak period of productivity...
Working from home may sound fun, as you are in your own personal space and environment.
It is however very easy to get distracted and not have anyone physically accountable for your work. For first timers, it is important to identify your most productive time of the day. Most of your work will be completed in this time. Set targets. Also it is important to distance yourself from things that may distract you during this time, like the kitchen, your TV, etc.
Artist, Photographer & Co-Founder of Flashbakc Studios
On Instagram @_rahul.dsouza_ & @1morebyrahul
5. Build momentum!
Not feeling productive is something we're all struggling with right now. When you wake up in the morning and complete your routine, do something that puts you in the mindset of conquering the day.
It could be getting into casual work attire – how you look & how you dress is how you're eventually going to think and feel. It could be cooking, drawing, painting, writing, working out....
It could just be watching an awesome TED talk, documentary or a show you love that gets you motivated to do something. It could be attending a live IG session or webinar. The point is, do something that puts you in a mindset to take charge of the day.
Founder CEO, Art&Found + DesignFightsCovid.com
On Instagram @artandfound.co
6. Shut your door and lock it!
What I mean by that is to maintain your focus by shutting out the scope for distractions. If yo