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8 tips to make home office and be productive (without dying in the attempt)

March 17, 2020

Remote working from home helps not only reduce office costs as such, but also increases people's productivity.

The opinions expressed by collaborators are personal.

Remote working from home helps not only reduce office costs as such, but also increases people's productivity. This practice is a great challenge to implement in many companies due to its great advantages and benefits, both for the same company in cost reduction , and for the employees who can be hired anywhere in the world, without geographical limitations. In addition, expenses of time and money, in food and transportation, will be avoided.

8 tips to make home office and be productive (without dying in the attempt)8 tips to make home office and be productive (without dying in the attempt)

This is what happens with the collaborators of companies such as the startup Viajala , the flight and hotel metasearch engine that has collaborators in several countries, without an office that centralizes them, outside of Medellín, the company's headquarters. “There is no better option than allowing the home office for companies that want to expand internationally. If the employees are disciplined, focused and have a space to work, everything will turn out well, “explains Thomas Allier, CEO of Viajala. The company has three million monthly users in the eight markets where it operates and plans to grow its operations.

“It is also important to organize the work of those who are in different time zones, so that at least a few hours a day, all employees are connected, so that there will be better harmony among all,” he concludes.

Here are some recommendations, for a successful professional life in telework , given by international companies and lessons learned from those who work remotely:

1. Set schedules

Being at home, it is tempting to stay longer in bed or watch a series during office hours. To be more productive without losing focus, it is
It is important to respect a professional routine: always get up at the same time, get ready as if you were going to the office (take a bath, get dressed, have breakfast) and mark your card, even if that means just turning on the computer.

2. Arrange a space for your home office

Invest in a fixed and equipped workplace with everything you need on a daily basis: a comfortable chair, a functional table, office supplies, powerful Wi-Fi, water, snacks, etc. Working in bed, or in different non-established spaces (such as the dining room or sofa) can be unprofessional, since it is more difficult to separate when you are only with your computer connected, doing something else, than when you are really working. Get up every moment to look for something – a
pen, water, papers and notes – can also affect performance.

3. Let your family and friends know that you are not available

For those who live with you it can be difficult to understand that you are, yes, at home, but you are not on vacation and you are not available to solve problems, shop or go for a beer in the middle of the afternoon. It is necessary to make clear what your work schedule is and that your work from home is the same as if you were working in person at your company.

4. Get out of the house once in a while

If you work from home, have lunch at home, have a coffee at home and solve everything on the phone, take a break and get out. In this way of life, there is a high risk of spending days without seeing sunlight. Organize lunches with friends, have a coffee nearby, walk or bike to the street, personally solve slopes.

5. If you feel alone, change your environment

“Work in public libraries, quiet cafes, or go for coworkings to get in touch with people, that will help get that feeling of isolation away,” recommends Thomas Allier.

6. Exercise your concentration

Take the opportunity to get rid of what you don't like about the office environment – lots of movement, ringing phone, high-pitched conversations, meetings at all hours – but be careful not to replace everything with other distractions, such as your comfortable sofa, cell phone, pet, Netflix…

7. Organize your home and office space

If your work environment is your home, you need to have the seriousness of an office. Keep the house clean, things in place and your desk in order. Wasting time picking up or cleaning your desk will create a lack of concentration.

8. End your business day

When you are at home, you can end up extending your working hours (solving a minimum problem, responding to email messages) just because you already have the computer open. When people feel like you're giving up, they end up lengthening the workday, as the feeling of productivity is good. There will always be demand, but that does not mean that you need to resolve it immediately. Separate what is urgent from what is not and disconnect. As necessary as the discipline to start the work day is having the discipline to finish it, or you will end up working 24 hours, without realizing it.

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