With the coronavirus outbreak, many companies implement work-from-home policies, employees are now tasked with trying to be just as productive without their normal resources and routines. While working from home sounds like a luxury, in theory, it’s certainly no vacation and being productive is easier said than done. Here are the best tips for working from home.
Stick with your routine
Just because you’re not commuting and going into an office doesn’t mean you should skip your weekday morning preparations. Wake up at your normal time, shower, and get dressed and start working. It may sound trivial, but this helps you mentally prepare for the day ahead. It’s also helpful to keep a set schedule.
Create a workspace
Although it’s tempting to stay in bed or head to your sofa, those who successfully work from home agree that you’re best off setting up a station. If you don’t have a desk, use your dining room table. Besides making you feel like you’re at an “office,” this helps you maintain good posture, avoid distractions, and leave your work behind at the end of the day.
Get some fresh air
But don’t just sit there, sitting all day isn’t healthy even if you’re at the office, but working from home means you skip your commute and have fewer reasons to get up from your chair throughout the day. It’s a good opportunity to exercise, either by working out at home or going for a walk outside. A lunchtime walk can also help you feel like you’re not stuck inside all day. Open your windows to let in as much natural daylight and fresh air as possible.
Stay connected with your colleagues
If you work on a team, make sure to check in regularly just like you would in the office. Create to-do lists to keep yourself organized and focused, and share the status of your lists with your supervisor so they know you’re on top of your work.
Fight the urge to multitask
This may seem like a convenient time to catch up on chores around the house, but it’s easier than you’d expect to get distracted. Avoid multitasking and do your work effectively. You also plan to work for the next day.
Take care of yourself
Spend a few minutes to listen to good music and keep yourself calm. Binge on healthy snacks and drink water regularly. Keep yourself hydrated and healthy while being indoors.