Tips to Successfully Work From Home During the Pandemic Working remotely can be quite intimidating-particularly if you have kids to take care of or are unfamiliar with it. However, with the right mindset, working from home works like a charm

By Kewal Kapoor

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To contain the spread of coronavirus and avoid community transmission, companies across the country have implemented telecommuting.

For a lot of people, working from home is an exciting prospect. No need to commute to office, no one staring over your shoulder and the comfort of working at your own pace definitely makes it appealing. For others, it can be quite intimidating—particularly if you have kids to take care of, get distracted easily or are unfamiliar with working remotely. With the right mindset, working from home works like a charm. Let us take a look at a few things you will need to pull this off

Find a Workspace

Even if you do not have an office, setting aside a place to work can help keep distractions at bay. It is important that you find a space where you can carry on your work without worrying about interruptions. It might take some time and tinkering to find a space that can come close to resembling your office setup. It does not necessarily have to be a private room but a designated area far from the couch or bed should do.

Plan Your Day

Make a to-do list and prioritize your tasks. Not only will it help you stay focused but also keep you from procrastinating. Review the list as you start your day and keep referring to it periodically. Evaluate the progress at the end of the day and prepare a list for the next day. Make sure you stick to your schedule. If you keep changing it, you will find it difficult to get into the rhythm, both mentally and physically.

Dress Up

Even if you do not want to wear formal clothes, it is recommended you do not work in your pyjamas. It might sound a little odd to you, but even wearing shoes in addition to jeans and a comfortable shirt will help you separate work from leisure. You do not have to wear the most expensive shoes you own. Even flip flops, sneakers or any other comfortable footwear should do the trick.

Keep your Kids Occupied

It can be quite distracting to work peacefully when you also have to shoulder the additional responsibility of taking care of your kids. Make sure you organize their day around your work time so that you are not interrupted. Divide your parental duties with your spouse based on your work calendars. Be upfront with your coworkers so that they are more understanding of your situation.

As the virus continues to spread rapidly on a global level, new outbreaks and developments are natural. Employers must maintain calm, communicate clearly with their workforce, and take necessary health and safety precautions. Monitor the situation closely, and make sure your stay prepared for contingencies.

At the end of the day, it is about having good boundaries between your home and work life. If you plan it out, communicate well, and exercise self-discipline, there is no reason you won't be able to manage your professional and personal responsibilities with ease.

Kewal Kapoor

Director & Creative Strategist, CHAI Creative and Return of Million Smiles

With a successful and multi faceted career as a writer, journalist, producer and director behind him, Mr. Kewal Kapoor had just the appropriate cross-industry experience to make him an exceptional consultant and creative strategist. This versatility of experience led him to conceive CHAI Kreative & Advertising agency, a unique service provider that helps startups and new businesses lock in the right strategies and solutions to grow and flourish.

Parallel to this endeavor is his pursuit of actively fighting age discrimination and creating an amenable environment for the elderly by promoting their participation in social enterprise, communication and entrepreneurship. From this pursuit emerges his second major enterprise – the Return of the Million Smiles.

An avid reader and passionate writer who is proficient in Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and English, Mr. Kewal Kapoor has conceptualized and created groundbreaking TV documentaries and shows including the first ever series on Tax Laws in India, the first Human Rights based show on Indian television and a programme on the Kargil martyrs. He served as the Executive Producer with a top notch Production house in Mumbai and has been a consulting partner with some of the top advertising agencies in India.

Since 2012, his focus has intensified towards work that creates genuine value in people’s lives. In 2017, he started CHAI Kreative and Advertising Private Limited which has crossed a turnover of Rs. 3.5 crore in a short span of time.

One of Kewal Kapoor's missions in life has been to create a life of health and dignity for the elderly.  With The Return of Million Smiles project, his objective of promoting dignified ageing has become a reality.

Employing technical solutions to create emotional wellbeing for the aged and making them an important part of the community living space is the vision. An impressive deal has already been frozen for which his company wishes to infuse capital in the coming financial year, with the positive goal of reaching some major markets abroad.

Mr Kapoor is also on the Advisory Board of The Poddar Foundation and has played a key role in launching the Mental Health brand "Silence Todo". 

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