By now you have heard about the devastating Coronavirus that is currently devastating and changing life as we know it and the sad reality is that it is spreading quickly and will continue to spread for a while, which has to lead us to be under lockdown.
This new situation has led different governments and companies around the world to find themselves encouraging their people to actually stay home and work remotely.
But for some people, it’s not the logistics that are the tough part about working from home. It’s the day-to-day working life that has suddenly been distributed and having to adjust to spending a large part of your day locked in your house instead of our usual norm being around our co-workers in a lively and vibrant office. So we decided to share with you some of our long-time remote working tips on how to make remote work effective, enjoyable, and sustainable
If this is your first time working remotely due to a recent spread of the coronavirus, this article and the tips discussed will help you get through this time. The best way to stop the spread of the virus is to stay indoors as much as possible so that it does not pass between people. You need to make significant changes to your routine, but doing so will protect you as well as your family, friends, neighbors, and people around the world.
The following are the tips for the people who tend to pick the remote work due to this coronavirus.
Invest in reliable technology
At She Leads Digital we wouldn’t be able to do the work we do without solid collaboration tools that allow us to work together without being in the same room and still be productive, we each spend most of our days using such as
Here is a list of the tools we use to maintain communication and collaboration while working from home:
- Zoom: For meetings.
- Slack: For messaging individuals in private chats, teams for group chats, or the whole company for updates.
- Google Calendar: For scheduling meetings,
- Google Drive: To track stats and collaborate on documents.
- Trello: To coordinate tasks for our developers, tracking bugs, and feature requests.
Set up your work environment for success
Whether working remotely or from an office space having a reliable and predictable Wi-Fi connection is essential to anyone’s progress,
Communication is key to success in a professional role, but it’s an even more critical asset when it comes to working remotely. With no colleagues around to check on your progress or get an update, it’s important to schedule a one-on-one check-in meeting once a week to share goals, future projects advancement, and day-to-day tasks. And be sure to defend yourself and articulate the progress you have made in the week, the different goals you have achieved, and the projects you have led. Unfornetly when you’re not in the office, it can be difficult to keep track of your work, so don’t be afraid to make essential milestones yourself.
Be Cyber Aware
With the world being forced to use more remote working tools, unfortunately now is the time that more and more hackers or scammers try to prey on peoples online vulnerabilities, so be aware of suspicious emails asking you to check or renew your passwords or log in credentials, even if they appear to be coming from trusted well-known sources such as your colleague or boss. Remember trust but always verify the authenticity of any request, and please be vigilant and do not click on suspicious links or open any suspicious attachments,
Don’t Neglect your mental and self-care
Things right now may be stressful for a lot of people around the world. And having the pressure to be productive we tend to forget ourselves and If the line among work and home begins to obscure, and you find yourself glued on your PC screen for quite a while, we are here to remind you to please allow some time to your self and the people that matter the most to you even with the new social distancing thanks to technology we can still video call our friends and loved ones.
This lockdown could also be an opportunity to finally work on your fitness routine and create a habit for eating healthy and nutritious meals so you can focus and increase your productivity when needed.
Or even take this opportunity to learn new skills using different e-learning platforms to add to your resumes once this lockdown is over, the skills learn can come very handy here some places you can go today to learn any skills you have dreamed of learning but never had anytime :
Tips for the parent that is working from home during the lockdown
Everyone knows that working-from-home as a parent is definitely complicated and makes being productive quite a challenge during this lockdown. Because not only do you have the pressure to work and meet goals, you also find your self trying to be everything from the primary caregiver, teacher, cook, and entertainer on days which you are used to your kids being in school or at the daycare(Let’s take a moment and really appreciate the work of the people that tend to the education and care of our children on a weekly basis seriously we appreciate you more than ever ).
With everything that is going on, you might find your brains CPU getting overloaded and heated about to burst into flames, unfortunately, there is no easy solution and every parent parenting style in this time of crisis is different, but it’s absolutely important to stop feeling guilty and recognize that you cannot do it all and just let your colleagues know that they will have to be flexible and accommodating, for example, our Founder Nadia Aime workings only between the hours of 13 pm to 16 pm because that’s when her toddler goes for his daily naps so find something that fits you!
And Remember To Set Some time to log off
One of the biggest challenges when working remotely from home is actually knowing when to stop and log off and this is why it’s important to set up some best practices and rules such as letting your team know when you are going to sign off for the day and your break hours or no your checking work emails or no work calls after 6 pm, but remember that rules only have good as long as you follow them so it is also important to stick to them
Message Of HOPE
The world desperately needs hope and a reminder that we have overcome so much and we shouldn’t lose hope of us overcoming this as well and despite having to put in place social distancing from one another let’s not forget to also add social caring for our friends, family, and our neighbors to even strangers helps those you can if you can and let’s pray for those who are suffering and for those who have lost loved ones!
STAY AT HOME AND STAY SAFE