As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, many of us are now working from home for the first time. With the right approach, you will find productive and easy ways to do it. Here are some tips to make sure you are successful, both at completing your work as well as maintaining your mental well being.
Designate a workspace
Organize a specific workplace for yourself, where you can feel motivated and happy to spend your time working. It can be a good idea to be near to a window for as much natural light as possible and in a space where you have no distractions. Try not to spread around your home so that when you leave your workspace at the end of the day you can feel a disengagement from work. However, don’t get too comfortable, for example, avoid working in bed as you don’t want to have work creeping into your downtime. You’ll see the difference, just give it a try.
Set a Schedule
Even though you are working from home you need to maintain your schedule as before. It will help you to keep your goals with a positive attitude and be a reminder to take some breaks when you need to. It will also help you be most ready to transition back to the office when the time comes if you stick with your regular hours.
Designate some work clothes, even if they’re different or more comfortable than your typical professional outfit. It will help you to maintain a good attitude while you work as the simple act of changing out of your pyjamas serves as a signal that it’s time to wake up and get things done.
Be organized is key
If you have a baby or young children around try to create a schedule to include time with them. Arrange some appropriate activities to keep them engaged while you are working. Reach out to friends and family for some virtual help, perhaps they will be able to spend time with your child online to keep them occupied while you join a video conference or take a phone call.
These days with the effects of this global pandemic, it’s very important to be aware of the impact on the people with whom you work. Remember that some of them will have challenges handling the changed environment and miss the social interaction that is available in the workplace. Don’t just email your manager or co-workers, occasionally check in over the phone or through video chat. This will cut down on miscommunication and break up some of the social isolation that can come from working from home.
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