5 Secrets of Self-Organization During Remote Work at Home

How can you create a workplace in home

The world is under self-isolation because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This article presents the most useful tips from psychologists and coaches. The tips will help both employees and managers to improve the effectiveness of teamwork from home.

Remote workers organize their work at home. They select professional collective communication platforms (such as Zoom, Teams, Webex), organize work environments, develop plans and schedules. Then they start to work from home.

The family should also switch to an operational schedule

Most married people face the fact that family members resist new patterns of working at home. This is normal, as everyone used to distract you, give orders, ask questions. Even if a person works with a computer and does not make calls, it is very distracting. Therefore, you need to establish a clear understanding among your family members that they cannot distract you during your working hours. This concerns both children and grownups, who often forget new rules during your work at home.

  • Create a joint schedule. When you get together check out work/school hours and also family leisure time.
  • If the employer allows, divide the work schedule into several parts. It would be much better to sit at home working twice for 4 hours than simply working for all day long.
  • Check your emotional state. When you switch to remote work you don’t have direct contact with colleagues. Because of this you might feel worried, alarmed, exhausted, or being constantly distracted by other things.
  • Change into work clothes. Psychologists say that the right clothes help you to focus, as well as set up your family members to the fact that you are at work.
  • Create a separate workplace. Of course, you can manage to work for 1-2 days without organizing a workplace. But you can withstand weeks of self-isolation without efficiency decrease only in suitable working conditions.

How can you create a workplace in home?

Ideally, people should allocate a separate room with a computer so they could work under quiet conditions. However, they do not always have a separate room and an additional computer at home. It is difficult to work in a shared living room with a shared PC. Many companies purchased laptops for their remote workers. But this is quite an expensive measure to take. Retailers have almost run out of inexpensive laptop models in their warehouses. This is why employees have to adapt to the new conditions. This problem is also exacerbated by the fact that in many families both adults switch to work from home and children study remotely.

Doing everything with a single computer is simply impossible. Purchasing new hardware is not a rational decision also. Hardware will occupy space and will be not in use after the completion of pandemic. Therefore, virtualization systems become more and more popular. They allow several users to work with a single computer simultaneously. It could be a very difficult thing to do, as you need to install special “thin clients” and customize the server. But in fact, there is a much simpler way. This is a multi-user system “ASTER”. It creates several workplaces based on one computer. It requires only additional monitors, mouses and keyboards.

Additional workplace made on the basis of ASTER. How does it work?

To create an additional workspace you only need to connect your monitor, mouse and keyboard to your PC and to organize a separate desk.
Most modern computers have at least two video interfaces to connect the monitor. It means that you can create an additional workplace without purchasing a video card. Optionally you can use a webcam, speaker, graphic tablet or any other peripherals through USB.
Once you install ASTER on your computer, you can simply assign the additional monitor, mouse and keyboard to the additional workplace. In the workplace you get access to all Windows programs and utilities, with Internet access and with access to all files in your hard disk. If the monitor is equipped with speakers or headphones, you can also set up a separate audio stream for your workplace.

How much does the additional workplace cost?

The cost of the additional workplace created on the basis of a computer in possession will be around $100. The cost depends on the level of the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and other peripheral tools that you choose. But due to the massive decreasing economic situation all over the world, IBIK Company, the developer of the ASTER SOFTWARE, provides a free license for the entire time of the quarantine, so that people could safely work from home, without interfering with their children’s studies. If the multi-user system proves being useful, you can purchase our ASTER license.
In the future with ASTER’s aid you could create a real entertainment center based on 1 computer. You can connect your ordinary TV set as an additional screen and watch movies online. ASTER would transform it into Smart TV. And, if you have a powerful video card, you could even play online games with the same computer. All of this takes a minimum cost of software and hardware.