How to: Work from Home during #Coronapocalypse!

Engineering Blog for shaadi.com/ March 16, 2020/ Culture

These are weird confusing times but we have to help people find love! And we have to do it together!

While it is already crazy – everywhere! (the virus, politics, healthcare, family, the economy, etc) we have to keep calm and do some awesome kaam. And so we have to quickly learn to work from home! (Or anywhere that is SAFE!)

yeah.. it seriously can!

Here are some tips to ease this for you..

How to WFH?

  1.  Set up your workspace. Organize it with your office tools. 
  2.  Plan a schedule the day before and add to-dos at the start of the day. (prioritize, Prioritize! )
  3.  Stick to the schedule as much as possible.
  4.  Set a daily routine around your home life to balance work.
  5.  Avoid social media distractions. Put them on a Detox extension/ app if possible. 
  6.  Set alarms or reminders for regular check-ins with the team. Communicate more!
  7.  Maintain logs of your work (preferably Basecamp Check-ins). 
  8.  Make time to do some physical/stretching activity regularly.
  9.  Meditate when possible. Take relaxing mindful breaks. 
  10.  Chat with your office buddies and fight WFH loneliness.

How to set up your home office?

To ensure you get good work done, consider doing the following:

  • Make sure you have a reliable internet signal.
  • Find a comfortable chair and desk.
  • Get a good pair of headphones.
  • Separate your office from your living/sleeping space. (if possible)
  • Get rid of distractions like TV, social media sites, apps, etc.
  • Invest in good lighting.
  • Get the right devices.

If you live in a cozy noisy place, have a conversation to explain some ground rules to the humans of home.

Remember!
You will have to communicate with your team more than usual. Some resources that are good to have:

  • Communication tool (Hangout Groups, Basecamp, etc.)
  • Task management tool (Asana, Trello, Monday, etc.)
  • Video tools (Hangouts, Zoom, Skype, etc.)
  • Time management tools (Toggl, Pomodoro, Tide, etc.)
  • Cloud Storage & Collaboration tool (Google Drive, Dropbox)

Depending on what on what you’re working, find other useful tools and share with others. 

We hope everyone with their families and friends are safe. Please be careful not just for your sake, but for everyone who comes in contact with you. You never know who might end up dead with a virus you carried unknowingly.

It is a very crucial time for us to keep calm – clear our heads and learn to be mindful. People don’t realize how mindfulness meditation is beneficial especially in times like these – when being SELF AWARE is a matter of life and death. People who meditate are more aware of gestures, of the times they touch their hands to their face, etc. you get the gist? Also try to be grateful for your blessings and be kind. We need kindness.

If you have suggestions or questions.. please share in the comments below.

Research says. .getting DRESSED helps a lot!

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