Whether you love it or hate it – at this time, working from home is the new reality. Across the country, companies are sending their employees home to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Although this is an effective measure to take in response to the pandemic, this can be a strange and unfamiliar transition to office employees. If you are now unexpectedly at home, you may feel lost piloting remote work. What was your dining room table may now be your office desk, and any extra time during the workday may seem like a good time to throw in a load of laundry. Without a proper routine and professional setting, the distractions are inevitable. An article from SUCCESS, articulates nine helpful tips to support productivity while working at home and here are a few of our favorites – read all nine with the link below!
“Select a space based on your needs.
The home office serves a great purpose, but it is not for everybody all the time. Would you like to fuel your creativity, or do you prefer a quiet environment for crunching numbers? You may find yourself curled up on the sofa one day and at the dining table the next, depending on the project. Determine how you usually divide your day. For example, are you more creative in the morning? You may spend that time writing or brainstorming ideas for your latest project. The afternoons then can be spent more relaxed, sitting on the sofa, sifting through emails and completing the rest of your tasks for the workday.
Get ready for the day.
Many people think working from home means sitting around in pajamas with the television on in the background. Not true! Just like in an office setting, you have to set yourself up for success when working from home. Get ready as you would if you were going into the office. Set a morning ritual of getting dressed (no loungewear!), making your morning cup of coffee and doing whatever else you need to get in the right mindset. You may also want to jot down your work to-do list for the day. You increase your chances of being productive when you set an intention.
Set your schedule.
No matter if you work from home sporadically, a few days a week or all the time, you’ll need to plan out your daily schedule. Establish your start time, midday break periods and what time you will clock out for the day. This will keep you on track with your workload. It also sends the message to your co-workers that you have a relatively set schedule—just like you would in the office.”
Hall, S. M. (2020, March 18). 9 Ways to Stay Productive hen You Work From Home.