Due to the #coronavirus outbreak, many of us are currently working from home. Rather than being at our desks, we find ourselves on the couch, rug or in the kitchen trying to complete our to-do lists.
The expectations are the same, but the environment is not.
Here are 7 tips to help you maintain a similar level of productivity when working from home.
1. Keep yourself to regular work hours
Setting yourself consistent hours keeps you accountable to yourself and to your boss. It makes you more likely to get all your work done, and it makes it easier to get in touch with you.
2. Select a space based on your needs.
The home office serves a great purpose, but it isn’t for everybody all the time. For some, they may find themselves curled up on the sofa today and at the dining table tomorrow, depending on the project at hand. Flexibility is key.
3. Get ready for the day.
Many people think working from home means sitting around in pyjamas with the television on in the background. Not true! Just like in an office setting, you have to set yourself up for success and that starts by taking an early shower and dressing up.
4. Break up the day
Make sure you get up from your ‘desk’ to get some fresh air, grab a healthy snack and talk with another human being if possible. All of these activities will help you reset, get your blood flowing, and make sure you’re ready to tackle the next chunk of tasks.
5. Stay connected.
One of the best things about working in an office is the potential for collaboration and socialization. You don’t have to lose this just because you are working from home. Try to check in with your co-workers often by email, phone, Skype, or even in person.
6. Transfer your commute time to intentional rest time.
Since you’re not starting our day by stressing about getting somewhere on time, invest that time into relaxing ritual that gets you to a calm and clear state of mind or winding down your day so that you don’t form a habit of working into the night.
7. Log off!
One of the most important aspects of a healthy work-from-home routine is creating boundaries. Log off for the day—and not just from your laptop. Have a last-minute idea come up after office hours? Jot it down, but come back to it.
If you can master these 7 tips, you will be a work-from-home wizard before you know it. You might even find yourself becoming more productive.