The coronavirus pandemic has required many employers to mandate their employees work from home instead of coming into the office. For some, this may be no challenge at all. But for those used to the routine and designated workspace provided at an office, working in your home with a lack of pre-existing structure and the distractions of children, significant others, pets, or even devices and televisions can lead to an unproductive atmosphere. Here are some tips to staying productive while working from the comfort of your own home.
Create a New Routine
We aren’t sure how long this pandemic is going to last, so you could be working from home for a while. With that in mind, it’s good to get your new routine going as soon as possible. Try to get up at the same time you do if you were going to go into the office. Obviously, you’ll have more time than usual since you can skip the makeup/hair routine and won’t have to commute, so add something into your morning routine that you didn’t have time for before! Maybe make yourself a nice and healthy breakfast or take your dog for a longer walk. Once you get your new routine set up, stick to it as much as you can. A lot of things will change when working from home but getting used to it early will help you ease into the transition and allow you to continue to be productive.
Get Ready for Work
This might seem to go against the tip above, but it goes hand and hand. Get up and get dressed just as if you were going into the office on a regular day. This can help set the tone for the day and you’re more likely to get work done instead of staying in your pajamas all day. Keeping some normalcy in your routine is good because changing your routine drastically means you’re less likely to stick to it. You don’t have to dress up in a suit and tie to work from home but maybe put some decent clothes on.
Build a Home Office
A home office doesn’t have to be an entire room – it could be a corner or part of a room; you just need a dedicated space for work and work alone. Don’t do anything but work at this space and make sure everyone around the house knows that you shouldn’t be disturb when in that space. Doing this allows you to separate your work life from your home life. Make sure to have the right mindset about this space as well, treat it as if you were in the office. Try to make it away from busy spots in the house like the living room or kitchen where other members of your family may spend a lot of time as this will cut down on potential distractions. And don’t be afraid to decorate it like you would your regular office! Adding a small plant or a picture frame will be sure to improve your mood.
Reach Out to Co-Workers
Since you’re now working apart, it’s important to make an effort to reach out to your co-workers! This shows that you’re thinking about your fellow co-workers in this tough time and you can get some sort of social interaction. Send an email, post a picture on your company’s social media or even set up a video conference call. It will not only improve spirits, but also productivity! Don’t forget collaboration when in isolation.
For help creating your home workspace or tips on keeping your kids occupied, use the Luv Your Life app! We have plenty of resources to help get you through.