“The concept of Ubuntu says: A person is a person through other persons.” - Desmond Tutu
For the past few weeks, humanity has witnessed a spine-chilling change around the world. The Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Across the globe numerous nations have been directed by the World Health Organization to take adequate precautions. Fortunately for us, coronavirus in India has made its entry a little later than other global geographies. Which basically means that we have been given the gift of being aware of the importance of social distancing - a crucially important public health intervention that can help stop coronavirus transmission by avoiding crowds and large gatherings such as weddings, concerts, conferences, sporting events, and mass transit. Best practice requires maintaining at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others.
Now although shutting down an entire country (or rather countries in this case) seems like a gargantuan task which has previously been unheard of, the advanced technology at our disposal makes it perfectly possible.
As someone working from home this week, it’s not entirely thrilling. My desk is a kitchen counter, the constant cleaning of which makes for good procrastination, and my cafeteria is an emergency-stocked fridge, the routine raiding of which makes for even better procrastination. Joining me this week are hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people taking refuge from the coronavirus. What we learn in the next few months could help shape a future of work that might have been inevitable, with or without a once-in-a-century public-health crisis.
Hence we have compiled a bunch of great work-at-home tips and tricks so you can embrace this change in the name of the greater good of humanity. After all, as the common saying goes – “If everyone sweeps before their door, the entire street will be clean in no time.”
Guide to Working from Home:
- Get Started Early: Believe it or not, one way to work from home productively is to dive into your to-do list as soon as you wake up. Simply getting a project started first thing in the morning can be the key to making progress on it gradually throughout the day. Otherwise, you'll prolong breakfast and let the morning sluggishness wear away your motivation.
- Stick to the Schedule: It can be tempting to blend office time with chores when laundry is right there, especially if your day isn’t sandwiched by meetings and deadlines. If you’re working relatively on your own without anyone monitoring your hours, the trick to avoid procrastination is to be your own boss. Set your own working hours, deadlines, and breaks and stick to them like glue.
- Designate a home office: Set water-tight physical boundaries around your designated workspace that is off-limits for housemates. Treat it as if it's five miles across town and ask house members to consider it as such (e.g. no interruptions from another room when you’re engrossed in a project unless an emergency).
- Video Communication is Key: Employ your video communications perhaps more than you normally would, now that you’re more isolated. Make sure you have your company’s telecommuting devices—such as Zoom—hooked up and ready to go so you can stay connected with team members or office mates and you’re available for video calls and teleconferencing.
- Pack up at the End of the Day: After a reasonable day’s work, put away your electronic devices and work tools. Keeping work reminders out of sight keeps them out of mind and helps you relax and recharge your batteries.
While these tips are essential, don’t forget the most important rule. Keep your attitude in check. Above all, be creative and don't let your confined circumstances dwarf your tranquility, happiness or productivity. Your greatest power is your perspective. It can victimize you or empower you. When you look for the upside in a downside situation and figure out what you can control and what you can't, it's easier to accept whatever is beyond your control.
We at Hiranandani Communities extend our support to individuals around the world struggling with the aftermath of this pandemic. Hope reigns supreme as the world comes together to make a tremendous united effort to keep calamity at bay. Together we can truly make tomorrow a brighter (non-confined) day.