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Until a few months ago, working from home (WFH) was never the norm for the majority. Yet things have changed. With the Covid-19 situation being declared as a worldwide pandemic, most workplaces had to close down to prevent further spread of the virus. Office-goers were suddenly ‘ordered’ to work from home overnight – and like it or not, they have to adjust to this new working style without any preamble.

Being a full-time WFH online business owner since a few years back, I was blessed with the privilege of having more experience in this area. As such, I decided to share some of my insights on how one should manage WFH more efficiently. Hopefully, my ideas will help people around me – including you – avoid potential hiccups caused by WFH.

Insight 1: Treat ‘Work’ as the Accumulation of Individual ‘Tasks’

Now, if you have been going into an office for years, all the different tasks thrown at you can begin to blur into one big category of “work”. You would probably think that you need to give your undivided attention to this “single entity” during the 9-to-5 schedule to show your loyalty, devotion, and productivity – because that’s all you’ve ever known throughout your career. And this is exactly what you should do at home too, now that you are not allowed to work at your office.

Ideal as it may seem, this arrangement is never going to work out when you start WFH. Why? Because at home, we are bound to face distractions from our parents, spouses, children, pets, the postman, etc, during the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours. Thus, if you start WFH with the pre-set notion that those hours should be strictly allocated for work, you are only going to end up getting frustrated and venting negative emotions on your loved ones if they come along your way – which they definitely will.

So, here’s the first piece of advice I’d like to give you when you start WFH: Strip away the idea of being “clocked in”. Start to see ‘work’ for what it truly is – the accumulation of many individual ‘tasks’, instead of a single entity.

Remember, a ‘task’ is just something that you need to accomplish by a certain date, and you are allowed to take breaks between ‘tasks’, so long as you complete them on time. This means that you can divert your attention to other non-work ‘tasks’, be it to walk away from a project every 45 minutes for a break, attend to your inquisitive children’s questions, or small talk with your spouse, during your work hours. Do not be so rigid in your thinking, and feel that you need to be glued to your workstation as you WFH.

After all, you’re expected to be creative in your execution of different tasks, and it makes perfect sense to be creative about how you go about accomplishing them too. You are stuck at home with work tasks taking time away from your personal life anyway, so why not be the one to decide which hours it’s going to take away from you? Trust me, if you’re meeting deadlines with good work, no one is going to be there to tell you ‘no’.

Interested? Stay tuned for the full list of tips that can help you have a more fulfilling working-remotely experience!

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