When working from home started two years ago due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were unfortunately not prepared to operate in this mode. We struggled with our unstable internet connection and struggled to communicate in zoom meetings. However, over the past few years, we have indeed learned a lot and found a way to make working from home achievable. Some of us even enjoyed the whole process and are happy that this way of working is here to stay, with many companies allowing their staff to work remotely or opting for a hybrid model.

However, the bottom line is that while working from home sounds idyllic – just ask the thousands of Indians who have worked from their sofas over the past two years – it has its own set of challenges which can be difficult to anticipate. Namely, staying productive when the workday seems to never end and being inundated with Zoom calls.

Amar Sinha, COO, Radico Khaitan Limited, shares with ET Panache some practical tips to optimize your working hours when working remotely.

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“I’ve always been tech savvy and made sure he was up to date with the latest technology even before the pandemic outbreak. So working from home wasn’t as tedious as it could have been to be for some,” said Sinha, who soundproofed his home office to minimize disruption. “It creates a better and productive atmosphere to do my daily tasks,” he added.

Maintain a strict routine

“With all the distractions and challenges that working from home gives you, working effectively comes down to limiting your work to a set number of hours and making those hours count. After the pandemic, I learned to take my overall health very seriously and so I take a walk every hour as it makes me more energetic both in the WFH routine and in the office,” he said. declared.

Pay attention to health

“Being confined to the house has changed my eating habits. I switched to a nutritious diet that includes fresh fruits and dried fruits,” he said. “I believe that if you eat well, it will surely show in the way your mind works during the day.”

Try yoga

“Working from home sounds good, but it’s not as easy as it looks. To stay productive, to get things done, I’ve found that doing yoga regularly keeps me mindful and energized. I prefer having light music in the background and doing meditation/pranayama, which helps me stay productive while working from home,” Sinha said.

Find digital options

Like most of us during lockdown, Sinha has also turned to online entertainment platforms and now relies heavily on audiobooks to satisfy her love of reading.

Now that restrictions on international travel have eased and things are slowly returning to normal, Sinha hopes to take a trip with her family soon. “The work had been quite frenetic during the epidemic. Therefore, I look forward to choosing a vacation spot where I can spend quality time with my family while taking a break. I can’t wait to get back to Interlaken – Switzerland’s adventure capital,” the COO said. London and the Maldives are also on his wish list.