Top 5 tips and tricks from the WFH
Setting meeting limits, being prepared, and upgrading your equipment are just a few of the things you can do to make working from home easier. Tom Merritt offers five tips to improve your WFH experience.
Hybrid workplaces are becoming common, but that still means you work from home every now and then. A lot of people work from home most of the time. You might have established a routine that works for you, but it might also be time to step up your home work if it’s going to last a long time. Here are five tips for working from home.
- Set meeting limits. Meetings are the biggest aggressor of your time. Video conferencing can sometimes be more exhausting than in person, so set limits. Only schedule meetings that can’t lead to anything else. Have a clear goal for what the meeting should achieve and end the meeting on time. If you haven’t done it within the allotted time, try again next time.
- Be ready. Nothing wastes more time than starting a meeting and searching for tabs and spreadsheets. Get everything you need for an open, ready meeting before it starts. And also test in advance any new or unusual video conferencing features you plan to use.
- Make yourself confortable. That chair you’re using looks pretty comfortable, but you’ll be shocked at how much a more comfortable chair can make a difference. I sat for years in a $ 50 chair, it was good. I spent a little more on a chair, intended for what I do, and raved about it for a week. I also felt more efficient. The same goes for your desk, monitor stand, and all your furniture.
- Upgrade your equipment. A laptop’s built-in camera and microphone are working temporarily. If you’re settling into the home office, get yourself a comfortable pair of headphones and a high-quality mic. If you’re not sure if your current mic is good enough, test its quality by recording and listening.
- Pay attention to the decor. Your background is important to the way you present in video conferences. You want it to match the aesthetic of the business. Also, remember that what you watch affects you. Make sure to look in a room that you enjoy looking at.
These are just a few of the tips I learned from over a decade of working from home. Hope they can help you too!
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