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What is your #1 tip for working remotely?

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I think if we work from home during lockdown due to pendamic corona Virus,we can achieve much benifit and can earn also.

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I LOVE wfh. I just don't want the virus to stick around but I could easily continue wfh. Why I love it?

1.  More time to exercise. First thing I do my yoga and meditation. Eat my healthy breakfast without a rush. Love my new coffee machine. Don't have to spend money on take away coffee. 

2. I dress up decent and comfortable (no work clothes). Save on makeup. Actually put on a hydrating face mask. So nice skin :)

3. Work is actually more productive and I connect with the team through MS Teams or Skype in fact, more than I used to face to face. Love the Microsoft O365 (Sorry Atlassian, but I do), what a wonderful way to stay connected and to work with. I love technology and adapt well, so this works well for me. (Secret, I actually do my weights when listening to everyone speak at the team meetings (no video)) 

4. When I finish work, straight to my garden to start planting, growing or to my sewing machine to make dresses or to the canvas to paint. No time wasted in traffic travel. So much me time.

5. Last and best, I get to enjoy the biggest expense or investment to which most of my pay goes, my home, bright and sunny. For most people mortgage is one of the biggest expenses and yet they stay at home the least. For me, my home, family, and health are the most important things and that is where I can easily focus now without wasting time. In any case, I was connecting with my friends via social media or messages so that hasn't changed. 

Also, I am doing 2 courses online at the same time. Sorry, this is too long, if someone is not enjoying at the moment, my suggestion is to take some time to meditate that will put a new perspective to your feelings.

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I went through the whole comment, I totally agree with you especially for the point related to Yoga and meditation in addition to planting in the garden, its more like an opportunity to explore ourselves and enjoy our simple life than a quarantine 🙏

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Thank you, Mohamad for replying. 😊

Monique vdB Community Manager Apr 17, 2020

@Vas V I also love working from home, typically! But working from home during this time, when my partner and child are also home, is somewhat trickier.  But I love skipping the commute and the dressing up, being able to really focus, and having time to work out in the morning. 

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@Monique vdB  Definitely agree would be hard with kids in the house as well especially if they are too small.  

Tips for working remotely are firstly, use better communication tools like Webex, R-HUB web video conferencing servers etc. Be professional in your approach to work same like how you work in office. Conduct regular meetings with your Boss, employees etc.

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My #1 Tip for Working Remotely: Select a Dedicated Workspace

Just because you’re working from home, doesn’t mean you can’t have a dedicated workspace or office. Create a calming and inspiring home office ambiance. A dedicated workspace can help you get into the right mindset and prevent you from distractions. 

If you feel more creative in the morning, spend this time on the tough part of your work such as brainstorming ideas while working from your dedicated workspace. In the afternoon, you can sit on your couch and take calls or check your emails.

Here you can read some of my best remote working tips.

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Monique vdB Community Manager Apr 17, 2020

@Pawan Kumar my dedicated workspace right now is in the living room since my house is too small for an office! 

I do all the ten tips

These have probably all been said before but here goes: 

1. Stick to a routine, this is not just time based but habits as well:

- Have a dedicated work space (not your bed)

- Turn on and shut down at the same time

- SHUTDOWN! You’re working from home not homing from work. 

- Stick to your daily habits, don’t nap or watch tv during lunch. Watch YouTube or whatever you usually do during lunch.

2. Keep in touch with your team, daily stand ups, monthly/weekly one-on-ones

3. Take lunch breaks, 5 minute coffee breaks etc. 

4. Stay sane 

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Monique vdB Community Manager Apr 17, 2020

"You’re working from home not homing from work." I want to put this on a wall hanging, @Justin van Dyk!

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Easy but effective tips: Feel comfortable in your work place, take pauses when needed, pet your loved cats or dogs (work with them), don't eat while working, think about your security on the net (I am always protecting me with one of this VPN https://topvpn.tw/best-vpn-for-china), keep your desk tidy, and more important be comfortable! A lot of people are starting to work from home in this period, I want to support you all! :)

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FUN MAN ANDY Community Leader Apr 21, 2020

Now that I am well and truly in week 6 of WFH, looking back on this, I would have to say the #1 tip from me is:

Set-up and maintain a good and structured RHYTHM!

Healthy work hours, regular breaks, get outside when (and if) you can, don't work more than 8 hours a day unless really needed, no meetings back to back, minimise amounts of meetings per day, set SMART goals per day/week.

Difficult for Finance professionals to work from home! There are multiple issues that require execution of contracts that require physical signatures, even if all the pre-requisites are discussed remotely with perfect clarity!

Nevertheless, while away from the bustling office (where everyday activities sweeps you into its own queer flow), using this time, in isolation, provides an opportunity to document a sort of 'Standard Operating process' that can be used for very critical and complex Financial transactions. I have observed that processes involving foreign currency accounting transactions and more so, if the forex is covered through forward deals, accountants tend to make mistake in recording these transactions. Hence, keeping these in mind, I utilized this WFH to draft a SOP and circulated the same to data entry colleagues.

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@Abhijit_Biswas welcome!

Hopefully your company and clients consider electronic signatures for your transactions? There's a bunch of tools out there that might work for your industry.

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We use adobe pro for that. Would that be something useful to you?

Many thanks. Our manufacturing units are in Africa and Middle east - Banks in Africa insist on signed hard copies of contracts - Very few banks accept digital signatures

Hello! I recently launched my own consulting business teaching digital entrepreneurs how to adapt to the remote work lifestyle based on personal experience I've accumulated over the past 4 years.

Please check out the website at Be Remote Consulting! I write articles on my blog as well.

I'm currently based in Bangkok, Thailand during the COVID-19 world pandemic. We don't have a mandatory lockdown over here and the number of reported cases are much lower than in the United States. They're extending the evening curfew for another month and offering foreigners automatic visa extensions until July 31st.

Hope all is well and you're staying safe!

Let me know if there's anything I can do to help...

-Mike

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I have my 1. 7 years old son. i gave him another laptop. we both use to work accordingly . and i love being in his company. 

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Off course everyone suffering verse condition of life in these days Allah help us

Take little breaks for munching on food.that would break the monotony tech drudgery

It was crazy period :) 

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