Setting Up Home Office, Work from Professionalism and Business Unusual

By Miselle P. Bergonia, AICI CIP



The new normal is upon us. The work is changing. The way we do things is also changing. Work-life home life leisure time exercise are now in one area. In a few square meters where we live. It is a challenge for some. Others enjoy it. A lot wonder what most effective, most efficient, most professional way of is working from home


How can we communicate. Professionalism as we work from home? how do we divide the time as we work from home? These are just some of the questions, a lot of professionals and working parents are facing now.


How do we start?


Tip 1: To start the day just like your normal workday


Waking up at 6:00 am, putting in exercise, prayers, meditation whatever your routine is – just do it! Grooming yourself don’t forget this. A bath, a shave, light make up for women, combing and drying hair, changing to casual attire, take your coffee and take your breakfast. Shift to work mode.


Tip 2: Set up a dedicated workspace


As you enter your workspace. Organize it. Organize your workspace as you would in your office area. Have a dedicated. Desk for your work your table would not be the table where. You watch tv, eat or watch Netflix. The. The reason why we dedicate workspace, the brain likes to associate space, associating an activity to a place that forms a habit. So, when the entire brain recognizes this habit it becomes your keystone habit. Invest in actual office furniture.


Tip 3: List things to do


A to-do list and prioritizing tasks would also help you manage your time for so many aspects of life. Divide your time with household chores, personal time and work time. Divide your time and be true to your capability. If you’re going to work for 2 hours in the morning, then cook a meal and chores in the next 2 hours, then another 2 hours of work. Essentially you only have 4 hours of work in a day. So be smart. Make it work. Reflect it in your calendar. And stick to it. What’s important is when you stick to it, inform your family members, your boss, your colleagues so they are clear on what to expect from you.


Tip 4: Make a family calendar


The app google families sync your kids and your calendar. Schedule homeschooling activities and blend in your work from home schedule. Stress kicks in when you need to do something, and you are not able to do it. You cannot do things all at the same time. Do what matters most first in the morning. Again, communicate this schedule to your family and your work colleagues. When communicating it, tell them this is important to you. And when you are able to do it, you will be more effective for the other tasks. Positively your clients and colleagues will be appreciative of your transparency and manage their expectations for the tasks.


Failure to communicate your schedule can have problems: unreasonable work demands, personal effects stress and anxiety.


Tip 5: Insert personal time and make extra time for things you love to do


The most important person at this time is you. The better you can take care of yourself, the better you can take care of others. A healthy diet put in exercise, prayer and reflection. If you find something that you love to do, take an extra 15 minutes to enjoy your favorite time.


Mine is taking my time drinking my morning coffee. What’s yours?


Tip 6: Stay positive. Have a growth mindset.


A growth mindset is thinking positively even if you’re feeling unsure, worried or anxious. A growth mindset is being able to do things in small wins to overcome the crisis and concerns. On the contrary, the fixed mindset is being stuck in the past. Being stuck in the crisis so you cannot move. And when you cannot move, you sink in quicksand. A growth mindset lets you think creative ways to tackle what you’re facing


Adapt. A growth mindset.


In my experience as a professional coach and image consultant, I coach professionals and organizations to develop professionalism and see things in. a growth mindset. So that in a given period of time, each person and each organization can achieve goals.


What are the tools in HR that can help develop professionalism and growth mindset?


Tools under HR that can develop professionalism and growth mindset among leaders are Learning Development tools such as training on competencies such as resiliency, adaptability, agility, self-leadership, grit, creativity. At this point we need creativity -- probably after developing creativity then innovation can emerge. Develop these competencies through your learning and development programs. These can run from 2-hour micro-learning sessions, engagement groups, sharing best practices, having a forum board are good tools HR can do to start the engagement and learning.


One of the best tools I’ve seen used in many organizations are self-learning and self-leadership. It is when a person engages in an open and safe conversation with a trained professional coach - self-learning and self-leadership emerges. A person can lead when they have experienced this transformative experience. The feeling of spark, change and inspiration done through professional coaching.


What spark would you like to happen in you today?


About the Writer:

Miselle P. Bergonia is a coach, trainer, and image consultant. She helps persons and organizations achieve their success through learning, discovery and self-development. Thru continuous learning and continuous improvement – Miselle believes the world can be a better place. Filipinos will know how to be Filipino again.


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