Many people are currently adjusting their lifestyle to work from home for the first time, so we’ve decided to bring you our five best tips for staying productive when you can’t make it to the office.
1. Set up a home workstation
Using a home workstation is a great way to stay professional and efficient, even if you didn’t get dressed before you clocked in for the day.
Take advantage of a spare table or desk and create a separate space in your home specifically for work, which will help you psychologically differentiate your home life from your professional one.
Research has shown that combining workspace with personal space can cause employees to feel that they don’t have to work or deprive them of sleep or relaxation as they get too immersed in their job.
Creating a separate workspace can also help family members or roommates understand when you are available and when you need to tune out the world and focus on that day’s tasks.
2. Use Technology To Its Full Potential
Gather your computer, phone, pens, paper, a comfortable chair, and any other essential tools you may need for the day and make sure to take advantage of video and group chat software such as Skype and Slack to keep organized and up to date with the rest of your team.
Using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides is another great way to collaborate from home.
If you’re working on a laptop, plug in an external monitor, mouse, and keyboard. They go a long way during extended periods of focused work.
3. Keep your daily routine
It can be easy to get out of your daily routine when working from home, which can negatively impact your results.
To stay sharp, do your best to keep the same habits you would on a normal workday. Wake up at the same time, take your lunch break, make those important calls, and emulate as many other aspects of a regular day as possible.
4. Stay Active
Being in a more relaxed atmosphere can make it harder to stay active. Use the extra time you saved from your commute to make a healthy breakfast, get in a quick workout, or try an early morning yoga session.
If you don’t know where to start, there are a variety of apps and Youtube channels dedicated to keeping you on the move.
5. Be Understanding
Let’s face it, working from home has its ups and downs. It’s easy to get frustrated when you miss a deadline or you can’t sit down for an important meeting.
Be sure to remain understanding as everyone does their best to navigate the uncertainties of being away from the office.
These tips along with a little bit of patience can go a long way in these unprecedented times. We hope you’re practicing social and physical distancing while staying safe.