We live in times of changes - in our health, in our work, in our lifestyle. As you may have heard this being spread around recently -” It Is Not the Strongest of the Species that Survives But the Most Adaptable”, Charles Darwin.
While the COVID-19 quarantine has forced many companies to send their employees to work from home, for others, like us at Youpal, this is how we roll and it pertains no change to our habits. For the companies who are new to this, it might be a bit strange at first, but digitalization is something no one can escape from if they want to stay competitive amongst others. Many companies have started implementing various systems which allow remote work for its employees. Others, however, have not been prepared and this creates a real hardship to serve their customers in moments of global crises. However, this is a topic for another blog coming your way.
Now, let’s talk about the perks and inconveniences from working remotely. We got in touch with some remote gigers to get their view on what are the best advice they can give to you and mistakes to avoid.
We, at Youpal, are fortunate to have built this structure from scratch and a complete business around the gig-economy.
So what are the tips we received to stay on top of your game:
1. Get up, take a shower, get dressed and as silly it might sound to you - put some perfume on. Yeah. Sounds weird since you will be at home all day. However, it's important that your mind doesn't know. Many people work in their pyjamas. Wrong. Working in pyjamas makes your mind relaxed and there is no clear difference between relaxing and working. When you shower, your body wakes up and when you get dressed and pampered, your mind changes its chip and becomes more productive. Let's fool it!
2. Make your bed. "If you want to change the world, start by making your bed every day." Yes, this is what Admiral William H. McCraven U.S. Navy, told the students at the University of Texas in his graduation speech. "If you make your bed in the morning you will have completed your first task of the day. This will give you a little sense of pride and motivate you to do another. By the end of the day this completed task will have become many completed tasks.” Simple yet powerful.
3. Create a Morning Routine. What in your morning routine indicates you're about to start work? It might be making coffee, taking the dog out or doing some mindfulness exercises. A routine can be more powerful than a clock at helping you get started each day.
4. Keep a dedicated office space. Not all houses are the same. Some have more space than others. However, it's important that one finds a clean and tidy place to work. It's better to have a desk, and if you don't have one, you can adapt the living room table.
5. Create a schedule. This is the hardest thing of all. When you work remotely, it's incredibly easy to get distracted. By following the routine mentioned above and a schedule, you can learn to overcome this weakness. You can create time blocks. What's that? These are fractions of time when you are focused entirely on one activity. No calls, no emails, no food. It can be 30-40-60 minutes. Another method is following the Pomodoro Technique, try it out!
6. Plan breaks and use them in their entirety. Yes, it's very important. You need to unplug, look out the window, stretch your body. Many times the solution we're looking for is found in that break. Eat your lunch without working, meditate if needed for 15min. Take that break!
7. Stay positive. Energy is contagious. That's why it's very important that we remember to stay positive. Be grateful for what you have, if you are employed, this is awesome. Be thankful for it. Many companies are closing and people have job uncertainty. If you are one of them or know someone who has recently lost their job, stay positive. All this will go away! Improve yourself and your knowledge in these times - get a course, read a book.
All in all, working from home is an incredible experience from start to finish. Welcome to those of you who are starting to enjoy it and congratulations to those of you who keep doing it like us.