During these unprecedented times, a lot of us are working from home. It can be challenging, especially when the whole family is home with you and you don’t have a dedicated space, and everyone is coming and going interrupting your work. It is also important to keep in mind, this will not last forever. It is a temporary situation. Take a deep breath and do these things when working remotely to help you be more productive, focused, and calm.
Do these things when working remotely:
- Set a schedule. It is important to keep a similar schedule to what your normal workday is. This helps you keep your focus and productivity.
- Change clothes. It is tempting to just get your cup of coffee and dive into your day. Resist. Act like it is a normal workday, do your getting-ready for work routine and then start your commute even though it is just to another room in your house.
- Create your office space. Preferably find a space that has a door. Make it as ergonomically appropriate as possible. Let everyone in the house know this is your workspace and please do not interrupt you unless it is urgent.
- Limit distractions. No tv, no checking social media, or house chores.
- Take Breaks. Studies show that taking a break every hour for 5 minutes helps you clear your mind and refocus on the task at hand with a fresh perspective. If you want you can use your breaks to check social media, run a load of laundry, take a quick walk. Do take a break from your work. Do not skip it if at all possible.
- Avoid the temptation to do house chores. It is so tempting to think, “Let me get a load of laundry going.” Avoid those temptations as much as you can. They pull your focus away and are interruptions to your workday. If you can’t, try and only do them during your breaks.
- End your workday as usual. It is tempting to answer a few more emails, make a quick call, knowing you don’t have your regular commute. Resist. Do your reverse commute out of your office and back into your home routine.
Staying calm and using these tips will help you stay focused on your work, maintain your productivity, and not on what is happening outside your home during these unprecedented times. You are not alone in this and stay connected with your co-workers and community virtually.