Updated: Mar 26, 2020
According to a LinkedIn study taken in 2019, 82% of workers want to work from home at least one day per week, and 57% want to work from home at least three days per week. But with the world now facing the COVID-19 pandemic, many professionals are 'forcefully' having to #WFH (work from home) for the 'foreseeable future' as part of self-isolating guidelines. For many, this may feel like answered prayers to finally be able to ditch the office uniform in exchange for your comfy 'house-girl' clothes. While others are worried about managing work and homeschooling the kids. Whatever side you find yourself on, we've listed some best practices to....erm practice, along with some apps to help you do so.
1. Stick to a schedule
If you'd normally clock in at work for 9AM and clock out at 5PM, don't allow the fact that you're now working from home to get in the way of that. After all, because no one knows the hour Jesus is returning nor the hours we're returning to the real office, it's best to remain sealed into your current working patterns, lest you fall out of alignment and struggle to get back into it later. Sticking to this schedule will help you separate professional time and personal time and it may also help to use a daily planner or task list to map out your day.
Best calendar app:
Google Calendar (Android, iOS, Web)
2. Stay connected to colleagues
If you were working on a project with your team members prior to isolation kicking in, it's not time to totally abandon ship. Of course there may be circumstances where working together remotely is impossible if it requires physical contact in order to complete tasks. Even still there are ways to stay in the planning game by rescheduling for a later date when things blow over, so in the meantime stay connected with colleagues to brainstorm ideas and continue working on the projects that can work remotely.
Best collaborative app
Microsoft Teams (Android, iOS, Web)
Microsoft Teams is a unified communication and collaboration platform that combines persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage (including collaboration on files), and application integration. With free accounts and paying plans from £3.80 per user this is a great tool to stay connected to the workplace.
3. Build workplace boundaries
Yes you're now working from home, but home is not the workplace. So work towards (ideally from the onset) putting some workplace boundaries into practice, because it would be a shame to turn your home into the boardroom and let the workflow spill over into family time. Just because you work from home, doesnt mean you now have to respond to emails at 10AM on a saturday morning when that time could be spent relaxing, excercising or enjoying a sit down breakfast with family.
Best relaxation app
Soultime - (Appstore and Google Play)
The Soultime app offers a full suite of innovative tools such as journaling, mood-checks and music to help bring more clarity and contentment to your life each day. Read the word of God to the sound of rolling tides and take advatage of tailored meditation plans - based on your mood*
Best fitness app
Fiit - (iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch)
Want to lose weight, get strong, improve flexibility or simply de-stress? Fiit lets you take high quality workouts with leading personal trainers on your iPhone or iPad, with the option to connect to your TV. Paying memberships (monthly, quarterly or yearly) gives you unlimited access to hundreds of workouts (25 minutes and 40 minutes), whenever you want, wherever you are — whatever your fitness level, with the first 14 days totally free. If you don’t want Premium, you can still access 75 classes and their 14 day training plans for free!
Best recipe app
Tasty - (Android, iOS)
It’s likely you’ve seen a Tasty video or two in your time on social media, and the Tasty app for iOS and Android means you don’t have to travel back through your timeline to find that one recipe. Tasty videos and it’s also a customizable app. Vegetarian? You can choose to hide all recipes involving meat. Filters also allow you to search by gluten-free, vegan, low carb, and more. It will even send you personalised recommendations for your next meal based on the day of the week and major holidays.
Words by Dara Olagbami