How to work effectively during quarantine
Stay focused and productive with these tips on making your hotel office work for you.
Assess your room layout and consider rearranging furniture to create dedicated work and living areas. If you’re feeling ambitious, you might set up a standing desk. Add mood enhancers to your work area, like a personal photo or plant.
Small pieces of equipment will make a big difference to your efficiency, such as an extension cord, mouse or charging station. If you plan ahead, you can use Asia Miles to redeem helpful electronic accessories.
Create a series of playlists to mark the time: instrumental music to enhance workday productivity and upbeat tunes to segue into Friday.
Sharing internet bandwidth with fellow hotel guests can be a challenge. If your speed is flagging, arm yourself with an external USB wireless adaptor (much more powerful than your laptop’s built-in wireless card) or a travel router, which creates a private wireless network.
In a pinch, your mobile phone comes in handy as a hotspot. If you don’t have a plan with unlimited data, consider a temporary one, or purchase a 50GB data SIM card.
Be sure to set expectations for what hours you’ll be online – especially if you’re working from a different time zone – and flag any hotel-based constraints such as drilling that might affect calls.
Err on the side of over-communicating; set up morning and evening check-ins with co-workers and share frequent project updates. When in doubt, a phone call often clears things up.
Casual chatter is important for morale, too. Schedule a weekly virtual happy hour and participate in any team-building events.
The hours easily blur together in quarantine, so it’s important to come up with a schedule for your working hours – and stick to it.
Creating transition routines will also help ease you in and out of work mode. In the morning, a shower, professional outfit and coffee will put you in a productive mindset. At the end of your work day, make a to-do list for tomorrow, then close your laptop and place it out of sight.
Sharing your hotel room is an added challenge. Maybe a child needs to log on to remote lessons, or another adult is following their own schedule of presentations and deadlines. Noise-cancelling headphones are a must (you can use Asia Miles to redeem a pair).
It’s also critical to set ground rules for sharing the physical space and a system to indicate when someone cannot be disturbed.
Finding something to do together - be it breaking for a shared lunch or reconnecting with an after-work drink - can help ease frayed nerves.
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