Friday, October 31, 2014

5 Ways to Work from Home More Effectively

Being an IT  Professional, I can say that Working from home is one of the best facility you will get while working for Multinational companies like TCS,  Accenture, Capgemini & others.
But its not that all MNC's allow WFH (Work from home), still more people are foregoing a lengthy commute & are working from home.Weather you are a Consultant or a technology architect, working outside  can be complex & a bit of challenge for everybody. How do you stay focused & productive while working from home.What are the best ways to set yourself for success .and how do you keep your work life separate from home life ??

To answer all these questions I would suggest these  5 ways to work more effectively from my experiences, beating all challenges you can be more productive & chances of Career growth will be on a higher side.

5 Ways to Work from Home More Effectively

1)- Prepare a Work Schedule: 

Always have a time table ready while working at home so that it doesn't impact your productivity even you aren't at your office.Attending meetings, replying mails & others BAU.
You need be proactive follow the deadlines & its possible when you already have planned scheduled for your deliverable .

2)- Set Up an Office corner @Home: 

Create your personal work space @ home & try to use it specifically for work & not another purpose .This will create a healthy & enthusiastic environment when you are working from home & you feel like as you are at your workplace.

3)- Maintain work-life Boundaries: 

Always set strict rules to keep your work life distinct from personal life.

4)-Regular Break: We need to have a regular break while working at home but please make sure it's not frequent & not in between any meeting or task you performing.

ie ."Go for a walk ,get some exercise .Then get back to actual work ,Take some rest for your brain "

5)- Stay connected: sometime peoples do work for longer duration from home ranging from 1 month to a year , which might bring some isolation to the employee from his team & organization ,so it's recommended to always connect with colleges & team members over phone or on weekend over a cup of coffee or an outing with team will also work & provide a natural bonding with your workplace as you get while working at your office .

Few Tips to Remember from My personal Experiences : 

Do's :
  • Make a schedule & strictly follow it .
  • Focus on your deliverable & what you have accomplished at the end of the day ,to keep yourself motivated & energetic .
  • Find a nice corner at home to set up a Work Space.
  • Always logged in to Communicator/Office Messenger & do check in on regular interval with colleagues & bosses .

Don't :
  • Don't take regular breaks your it will hamper your productivity .
  • It's imperative to make yourself visible even if you are not at the workplace .
  • Isolate yourself & your work to add an extra mile with peers & companions to talk shop.

Please do share your experiences & feedback on this article, hope it will help to everyone who is frequently working from home or planning too in improving their productivity & effectiveness.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Social Media Week #SMWMumbai - My Story

I got a chance to explore the Social Media week '14 in Mumbai, delegated  by Blogadda. Since it was scheduled during the weekdays I took an leave from my office for the closing day.

Just to give an introduction what is this Social Media Week ,2014  basically Social Media Week is full of panels and discussions on how to create more engaging content, which Socialbakers furthered by developing the Smart Storyteller benchmark.

During my short visit to the event at Novotel hotel, Juhu  I found the atmosphere very exciting.
Also got the chance to meet few of my fellow blogger at the event , we were just roaming around to find something interesting for us & get something to learn for !!

I would like to share some interesting facts & my experience of the events I have attended at SMW

26 Sept '14 -Closing Day Events # Ek Jhalak: 

Interesting Panel Discussion by Fahim & Tauseef – Founder- Dharavi Tour

Dharavi famously known as the Largest Slum of Asia and off late the place where Slumdog Millionaire was shot is a land of diverse people and industries. 

 We were guided by Fahim and Tauseef of Be The Local Tours & Travel, who specialise in Dharavi tours.


This part was something which is still creating confusion in my mind , however, the speaker was very confident how we are using social media for business & brand promotion.In an age of marketing and business that is increasingly social, many businesses and thought leaders stress the importance of creating a culture that embraces social media inside and out. A social media savvy business encourages collaboration across teams, surfaces expertise from SME's 
and can scale brand and community engagement by drawing upon the collective wisdom of employees and customers.


This was the last event for SMW'14 , As I  said not all panel discussions are meant to ‘chew your brain’.This was a  fun session to troll on Bollywood and to discuss on how Bollywood has gone more social and conversational with the emerge of Social Media.

Enjoyed the interaction with Bollywood team & it was really fun.

SMW Mumbai sponsers 

Overall the entire event was conducted smoothly and synchronously and I  was  delight to be a part of the Social Media Week 2014 in Mumbai. 

A Special thanks to BlogAdda for giving an opportunity to explore such an event ,it was surely a paradise for bloggers like me .

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