Working From Home (WFH) Tips

Mar 24, 2020 by Shane Wells

Working From Home (WFH) Tips

With the scare of COVID-19 going around businesses and schools will have to adapt and very quickly. One of the best ways to do this is to set up the work/school environment from home. It can prove to be a hard task, especially with the number of distractions in the home. The good news is it can be beneficial to you and your coworkers if you can get some sort of grasp on it.

Below are some tips that have helped me work from home:
Working From Home (WFH) Tips

  • Set a Designated Workplace
    • I have a spare room I converted into and office.
    • Make sure you can it's not a distracting area.
    • Keep a neat area
  • Reliable Internet
    • Have a good connection
      • Use a cable to connect to your internet vs. wireless (even if you have to run it along the floor)
      • Increase your internet speed – mention the price increase to your employer
      • Makes uploading and downloading projects easier when working remotely
    • Unplug and restart the router
      • This can change the difference it speed clearing all that static that has been coming through the router
  • Updating Computer and Computer performance
    • Most of the time your IT department will do this for you
      • If using a personal computer, check for updates and proceed to update
    • Improve computer speed
    • Fixes unnecessary security breaches
    • Depending on processor size decides the amount of task you can do at one time
      • This means i3, i5, i7, and i9 can handle more apps and programs at one time as the number goes up
  • Stay Secure
    • Connect through remote Access or VPN
      • Allows you in to your work computer without putting your company data out the digital world
    • Enterprise-grade antivirus protection
      • Your one at home antivirus robust is lacking from what enterprise antivirus
  • Timers and Alarms are Critical
    • Set a timer for an hour and work effectively for that hour. Then set another timer for a 10-15-minute break and REPEAT.
    • It's important to stay on task but breaks are just as important. Without them, you will wear yourself thin
    • If you feel the need to set an alarm for lunch do so. I recommend setting one for the end of the workday. Don't ever work past that time it is important to separate work from home life.
    • Most importantly in my list go outside. You will be surprised how much a short walk can do for your mental state.
  • Be Mindful of Others
    • If you have family/roommate realize they exist. Set boundaries yes, but don't take away their worth.
    •  This doesn't mean be antisocial though we all need to talk and interact with others to help balance ourselves
    • Make them aware of your work schedule and ask them to respect that time frame.
  • Don't Forget Who You Are
    • Wake up and get ready like it's any other workday.
    • You can wear comfy clothes, but I don't recommend it. I like to feel like I'm dressed for work it helps remind me "where I'm at".
    • Get plenty of rest and your time, because guess what you must do it all over the following day
This is what I have found that works for me, hopefully, some of these tips can be beneficial for the time being. Everyone is different and succeeds in their own way, but you will discover what works best for you. We will get through this together and appreciate your understanding and patience.  Feel free to comment below with questions or additions. 

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