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About Plecto March 19, 2020

Working from home - Interview with Christopher

Portrait of Christopher working from home

How does your working day look like now that you are working from home?

My morning routine has actually changed a bit since I’m working from home - but I actually think it’s a positive change! 

For example, I usually spent about an hour in the car to get to work, which means that now my morning is one hour longer. I’m already used to waking up early during the week, so I’ve decided to use that extra hour to do some fitness at my apartment. I’ve noticed that it helps me start my day more active and to get my tasks done faster. 

At the same time, my lunch breaks have become shorter since I don’t have my colleagues to talk to, so I’m more productive at noon also. Although this doesn’t mean that I’m isolated, because I’m still in touch with everybody on a daily basis. The internet is my best friend at the moment :D 

What do you like the most about working from home?

I like not having to depend on the car to get to work. Long drives can get boring sometimes, plus there usually are traffic jams, queues… For the economic part, I’m saving money on my gasoline bill and also polluting less, so that’s very positive. 

As to working from home, I would say I like the flexibility of having my own space for myself. I still maintain the same schedule, so I can still be productive and focused but feeling at home at the same time. It’s very nice to “get to work” so easily now!

How do you keep the “office spirit” at home?

I know for a fact that working from home can be challenging and not that motivating some times, especially if you don’t try to get that office vibe yourself. 

For instance, I have connected my TV to the Plecto LG app together with my Philips hue lights. It literally took me less than 5 minutes to get everything up and running, but you can really tell it makes a difference. Now, even if I’m working from my desk, I can see when a colleague has closed a deal or booked a new demo, because the notifications pop up on the TV screen and the lights start to blink. It’s such an easy way of bringing the office closer, now that we are all separated. 

We also use our slack channel every day to keep in touch, solve certain issues that might come up or simply to “work together” on something even from the distance. As we are all using Plecto from our homes, we all know how the rest are performing, so we also use this channel for a quick (and online) tap on the shoulder and keep the friendly spirit alive. 

Christopher's TV displaying a Plecto dashboard

What do you like the most about using Plecto from home?

I really like that it feels like being at the office. Plecto was built to be used anywhere, so it’s been really easy for all of us to just bring it home. 

Of course, we used Plecto at the office and have our culture built around following our real-time data and celebrating each other’s achievements, so it made perfect sense for all of us to continue doing that from a different location. 

Apart from that, it also helps to keep the motivation up during working hours, because it can get lonely and boring if you don’t have the tools to avoid it! As I said, we are used to talking about our performance, so being able to see also from home that my colleagues are still reaching goals is helping me stay motivated and wanting to perform better and better. 

Do you have any advice to keep a high performance working remotely?

I have an easy advice that it’s really helping me these days. At the end of each day, I write a list of the top 3 things that I want to get done the following day, no matter what. This way, I always have something to focus on. If you reach those 3 before the end of the day, you can look for those tasks that you’ve been postponing but need to be done as well. 

Bonus advice, I’ve found it’s also helpful to keep the apartment even cleaner and tidier than I would normally do. It might sound weird, but it gives a completely new vibe to your living room, or whatever other room you are using as your office at the moment. Same with the clothes, instead of just working with comfy clothes, it gives a more productive feeling to wear the same clothes I’d be wearing to go to work. 

I think at the end of the day it’s all about having a positive mindset. We have the tools, we have the knowledge, so we might as well use both for the best and keep on boosting our limits!

NATALIA TOBAJAS

Content Manager

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