Because of the need for physical distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19, many of us are required to work from home. While for some this may be a new challenge in a difficult time, adjusting to working from home can be easily done when armed with the right information helping you quickly develop a routine that helps you stay productive. These tips are designed to help you make the most out of working from home, allowing you to stay safe while staying focused on your work.
Maintain Regular Working Hours
While you may not be required to go into your office, working from home doesn’t mean you should let it disrupt your regularly scheduled work week. Setting a regular schedule with designated working hours helps maintain a healthy work-life balance that can help maintain productivity.
Get Dressed for a Regular Workday
While it may be tempting to work in your pajamas, getting dressed for a regular work day can go a long way in helping you stay focused on your work. Developing a regular morning routine that involves professional grooming habits can help put you in the right mindset for the work day and make you more productive.
Designate Working Space
One of the challenges many people face when working from home is keeping your work life separate from your home life. But designating a specific room or area to work from that’s comfortable, with plenty of natural light can help you stay focused and on task is essential for working from home.
Socialize with Coworkers
While it’s important to maintain social distancing to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, that doesn’t mean you still can’t interact and socialize with your coworkers. While you may be working out of the office texting, emails, phone calls and even video chats help you combat feeling isolated while maintaining personal and professional relationships while you work from home.
Take Regularly Scheduled Breaks
Knowing your company’s break policies can be an essential part of working from home, as taking time away from your computer and phone helps avoid fatigue and keep you focused. Many workplaces offer employees an hour for lunch along with two 15 minute breaks for an eight-hour work day, so make sure to take full advantage of your breaks to give yourself time to relax.
Give Yourself Time to Adjust
Easing into working from home can be difficult and if you’re used to a busy office environment, the adjustment might take longer than you think. While it can feel stressful, frustrating and lonely, don’t be hard on yourself and know that it takes time to adjust.
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