As the Coronavirus outbreak grows, more companies are requesting their employees to work from home. Normally, there are organisations that delegate a single work-from-home day each week but what happens when it becomes a mandate? While it’s a dream for many workers, there are another set of people that find it a ladder difficult to climb.

If you’re someone who is not used to working from home, the temporary norm can make you feel lost, unproductive and isolated. Well, we feel you.

Working from home for most people means chilling in sweats or pyjamas all day, laying on the couch, snacking often, catching up on a web series or simply pretending to work. Let’s be realistic? Following the same pattern everyday can get monotonous.

To keep yourself working productively from home, we have some tips that will ensure the same productivity and efficiency as you would feel working out of your office and keep your spirits up. Here are some important tips to increase efficiency at work:

1. Wake-up on time

The first step to ensure productivity is by following your normal morning routine. Set an alarm and wake-up at a time you usually do. Though it can be tempting to turn that alarm off and continue sleeping, refrain from doing so. Use this time to shower, run chores, exercise, meditate or cook a meal. Setting a consistent routine will make you feel more accountable to yourself.

2. Keep regular working hours

Though most companies want their employees to login and logout as per their respective schedules, there are some companies that are lenient in their approach for people working from home. However, we would suggest that if the latter is the case, consider setting a work from home schedule which you can adhere to. Speak to your boss and ask him/her when he/she needs you to be available. Besides this, check your e-mail regularly and communicate with partners and clients.

3. Don’t take long breaks

Taking regular breaks can become a habit. Though it’s important to leave your screen and move around like you would at office, don’t do that every little time. It can hamper your productivity. Instead, keep work and personal time separate. Utilise lunch breaks, tea breaks and post-works hours to catch up with family, a friend or a hobby.

4. Dedicated workspace

A lot of people misunderstand ‘work from home’ as ‘work from bed’, *giggles*. Don’t let that happen to you as it can take a huge toll on your productivity. If you can manage a makeshift, dedicated workplace, and a desk and chair, nothing like it. We promise you’ll feel more alert, productive and organised.

5. Dress like you’re going to work

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Ditch the jammies and put on your regular work attire. If you feel funny wearing formals at home, how about jeans and a tee? Though comfort at home is important, it can make you feel sleepy and sluggish. When you’re dressed appropriately, psychologically you will be more prepared to start work.

6. Use technology for meetings

Owing to a myriad of software options available, virtual meetings are a thing now. Instead of postponing meetings that were already scheduled, run them as usual using Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom or GoToMeeting.

7. Create a to-do list

A sure-shot way to keep productivity throughout the day is by planning your work. List the things you plan to do and tick them off at the end of the day. This will not just give you a feeling of accomplishment before you go to bed but will also boost your morale to take on the next day.  

8. Plan childcare

With schools declaring holidays as well, your kids are likely to be home too. While you don’t want them to be a distraction amidst your busy schedule, don’t isolate them completely. Stock up on books and puzzles to keep them educated and entertained through this period.

Making a transition from office to working at home is something that usually takes time. However, if you replicate everything you do at work at home, each day will more productive than the other.

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  • Malini Agarwal

    Founder and Creative Director

    MissMalini Entertainment

    Malini Agarwal a.k.a MissMalini is the Founder & Creative Director of MissMalini Entertainment, a leading media lifestyle brand that creates highly engaging, multi-platform content geared towards India's Internet Generation.

    Malini is India's first and most famous Digital Influencer, having pioneered Indian lifestyle blogging with her website in 2008. Today MissMalini Entertainment content reaches 30 million people a month every across their owned channels, with over 10 million direct social media followers.

    A regular speaker at CMO forums on digital brand building, Malini was featured in the ET Women Ahead Listing of 2018 by The Economic Times and awarded the Women Super Achiever Award at Femina’s 5th World Women Leadership Congress & Awards. Ranked #1 on IMPACT's 50 Most Influential Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising 2017, she was also recognized among business leaders to watch in Fortune India’s 40 Under 40 List as well as GQ’s 50 Most Influential Young Indians List and World Marketing Congress’s 50 Most Influential Digital Marketing Leaders Listing in 2017. She was also featured as one of the Top 10 Young Business Women of 2016 by CNBC-TV18 at the Young Turks Summit, and declared as the #1 Digital Influencer in the world on SERMO's Digital Influencer Index 2016. Malini is a regular industry panelist and moderator, she was the keynote speaker at the Babson College Indian Symposium, and at Ficci Flow chapters of Amritsar, Jaipur, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad.

    Within a few years of blogging, The Huffington Post and Forbes named Malini as India’s most famous Digital Influencer, and since then Malini has been profiled by various international media outlets including BBC World (UK), Reuters, CNN (USA), DW (Germany), TV5 (France) and The Globe & Mail (Canada), and is a regular fixture in local publications such as Vogue India, Elle India, Grazia India, Hello! India, India Today, The Economic Times, Business Standard, NDTV Profit, and on CNBC's Young Turks as a fast-growing media start-up to watch.

    Malini released her first book, To the Moon: How I Blogged My Way To Bollywood with reputed publishing house HarperCollins in January 2018, which peaked at #3 Non-Fiction (and #8 overall) on the India Top 10 Bestseller List.

    Malini’s passion and efforts are now spent using her reach and influencer to launch social initiatives that facilitate cultural change. Most prominent of these is her invite-only & Facebook group exclusively for women called ‘Malini’s Girl Tribe’, a supportive community of 25,000 women, as well as her Positive Masculinity community, a co-ed group for all to discuss the way towards a more socially progressive and world. By creating safe spaces for women, a myriad of topics and modern issues are discussed openly every day. Women are able to support each other, help each other, and have meaningful connections every day. The Girl Tribe also gave rise to a web-series featuring such distinguished guests as Rega Jha, Adhuna Bhabani, Mallika Dua, Sonali Bendre Behl, Anjali Lama, Trisha Shetty, and Dia Mirza, covering topics ranging from oppressive beauty standards and gender expectations to raising compassionate children, fighting sexual abuse, and more.