Updated: Sep 8
Since the beginning of the year, we have all been faced with new challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many companies have made the decision to implement mandatory work from home practices to decrease exposure to the coronavirus. Some may already work from home, or some may be working from home for the first time.
Here are some tips for working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic:
1. Wake Up at the Same Time
You are working from home now, but that does not mean your morning routine should change. Morning routines set the tone for the day. So go ahead... have your morning coffee, have breakfast, or meditate to start your day off fresh. By waking up at the same time and continuing your morning routine, you are allowing your mind and body to focus on what is in front of us, prioritize your time and tasks and ultimately, increase your overall productivity.
2. Set Up Your Home Office or Work Space
Most of us have gotten used to working in the office, which means we do not all have a dedicated office for working from home. Since you will no longer be physically working in the office and you will be working from the comfort of your own home, you may be having difficulties separating your work life from your home life. Assigning yourself a workspace will help you stay focused on your daily tasks. When you are done working, allow yourself to do whatever you need to do to "log out" of your workspace each day.
3. Take Breaks
Take breaks. Real breaks. No, I'm not talking about the type of break where you are still typing while biting into the sandwich you made for lunch that day. Don't short change yourself during your breaks, especially lunch hour. This will allow yourself to stand up, reflect, and bring more focus to your daily tasks.
4. Don't Stay at Home
Just because you are working from home does not mean you have to work from home. Working at home can become dull over time. Go ahead and set up your workspace at a coffee shop or the library can help you stimulate the energy of working in the office, so you can stay productive even though you are not physically at the office.
5. Stay Connected Remotely
You are working from home and so are many of your colleagues. Know that you are not alone. Ask for help when you need it. Schedule a Zoom call or a FaceTime call with one or more of your colleagues. Communicating with your fellow colleagues not only gives you the opportunity to socialize but also helps you stay up to date with current company projects.