Remote working safely from home
It’s been over a year that we’ve had the pandemic, and we’re all still in this state of limbo between the pandemic and “normal” but it’s becoming more easy to assume that the world will never go back to its old ways. The earth is healing and we have found more efficient ways of working that eliminates the stress of commutes and allows us to focus more and find more flexibility in our day to day. But remote working does not come without its challenges. One of the biggest corporate concerns around remote working is security, with productivity and health coming in right after. In this article, we will share some helpful tips that can help you stay safe, productive and healthy while working from home.
Secure your home network
Security is a big deal when it comes to remote working and one of the easiest ways to secure your system is making sure that you follow the right security protocols at home, just as you would at the office. Make sure that you change your password regularly, and don’t forget your WiFi password as well. Try to avoid using an open network, as these networks are wide open, leaving you vulnerable to attack. While you might think it’s innocent to connect to a coffee shop WiFi, always opt for a private, secured network; work or play.
Make a to do list
While this seems like the obvious thing to do, we sometimes don’t remember to do this when we’re working at home. It might be part of your morning or evening routine at the office, when you just get in or when you’re wrapping up for the day, or even on your commute. Remember to make that hit list of things that need to be done today, tomorrow and sometime in the near future.
Take regular breaks
When you’re at the office, a large portion of the day gets diluted with office chatter and conversations with colleagues. While working from home, you might not get as many breaks so it’s important to take regular ones. Set a 7 timer to focus on work for an hour and then get up and have a stretch while refilling your tea or coffee, just as you would at the office.
Have dedicated focus time
While taking breaks is great for your focus, home can also be a distracting place. It’s important to respect your working time and keep yourself as distraction free as possible. Put your phone on Do Not Disturb and grab some headphones, or better yet, put that phone in another room. If you have kids or others at home, explain that you need to focus for a couple of hours and tell them what time you should be finished, so that reduces the likelihood of being disturbed. Don’t forget to tell your work colleagues that you are putting your phone on DND mode to work, in case they need you urgently.
When you’re working from home, you’re likely doing far less exercise than when you were commuting to an office. Even if you drove to the office, you still had to walk around it, from the kitchen to your desk, which is likely much further than the distance between your laptop and your coffee machine 2 meters away
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Part of your wellbeing is drinking enough fluids. Hydration is key to ensuring your brain is in top working shape, and your other organs will thank you for it as well. It might be easy to forget to drink when you’re at home, so grab a bottle and fill it up on your work focus sprints. This is a great way to pair the two: fill up a bottle and start a work sprint; by the time the work sprint is over, that bottle should be empty, and you now have to fill it up on your break. This ensures your focus, hydration, exercise and break, all in one. 8 You can also take this opportunity to quickly check your phone, but remember to put it back down and get ready for the next focus sprint!
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