Tips on Working From Home: How to Remain Productive While Self-Isolating
More and more companies are suddenly ordering their employees to work remotely in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As a result, many workers who’ve never had the opportunity to work from home are now experiencing the challenges a home-based work environment can offer.
If this is your first time working from home, here are some tips and tricks to keep productive.
Maintain A Schedule
It’s tempting to wake up later than usual when working from home, but top experts believe you should maintain a regular schedule to keep yourself in sync with your longstanding work routine. Once self-isolating begins to slow down and the world returns to normal, you’ll have less trouble getting back to your normal schedule.
Treat it Like Work
Shower, shave, and dress for the day! Even though you’re just hanging out around the house, getting dressed will make you feel like you’re tackling something important.
Set Up a Work Space
Try and find a small, quiet space you can use as an office. A table or desk in a well light area is ideal. Stay away from working on your bed or couch since comfortable surfaces will make it harder to concentrate.
Manage Your Kids
Working at home with kids can be an uphill battle, so it’s important to be realistic with what you can accomplish every day. Set a schedule for yourself and your children, and capitalize on as many opportunities as you can (i.e. naptime, or while your little one is watching their favorite tv show or coloring in the next room).
If and when interruptions happen – and let’s face it, they will happen – be flexible. Discuss the realities of your situation with your manager, and see what you can work out. Since people are being asked to work from home in the global fight against COVID-19, employers are likely to be more accepting of non-traditional schedules.
Maintain Human Connection
It’s important to get facetime with your coworkers – even digitally. Stay in touch with your closest coworkers by scheduling video calls and catching up.