8 tips to help you thrive and get things done while working at home during the Coronavirus pandemic
Make no mistake, these are unusual times. Now that most of us are adhering to mandatory work-from-home policies, here are some ways to help you stay healthy, be productive, and survive your new working conditions:
- Set up a dedicated workspace.
If you don’t have a home office, do what you can to create a space exclusively for work even if it’s a cordoned-off section of your kitchen table. If you have double monitors and a wireless keyboard and mouse at the office, try to replicate this at home to keep you productive.
- Create a morning routine.
We’re all creatures of habit and having a routine helps us better prepare mentally and physically for upcoming tasks. Whether it’s having a cup of coffee, doing some morning stretches or taking your dog on a walk, creating a morning routine can help you get ready for the work-day at home.
- Dress for work.
You’ll be tempted to wear your jammies or your most comfortable T-shirt and sweats, but don’t. If you dress business casual for the office, keep it up. Wearing your office clothes at home will help you get into the right frame of mind.
- Keep regular business hours.
Working from home can create an “always on” mindset, causing you to work too long and too hard. So set a schedule and stick to it. Your brain needs time to work and time to rest so shut down your laptop at the appropriate hour and enjoy your down time.
- Communicate often.
Use the tools that work for you to communicate with your boss and team on a regular basis, whether that’s over the phone, through video chat, or instant messaging. Talking with your team on a regular basis will keep the communication lines open and can help minimize feelings of isolation.
- Take breaks.
When you live where you work, it’s important for your mental and physical health to get out of your workspace throughout the day. There’s plenty you can do: take a 15-minute walk, call your mom, or go outside and stand in the sunshine.
- Set boundaries.
Make it clear to your family/roommates that you’re at work, even when you’re at home. But remember, even though you’re setting limits, it doesn’t mean you can’t pay attention to others at home -- especially your kids. Set an agenda, strategize screen time, take breaks together, get outside, and get through these challenging times the best you can.
- Know your goals. Along with short-term, task-related goals, make sure you understand the goals your team is striving to achieve. Keeping these in mind will motivate you to do your best work, whatever your location.
You may love working from home, or you may not. It’s not for everyone. But with planning and diligence, you can be successful - and stay sane - for a few weeks or more!
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