Effective Tips When Working From Home
With a lot of us working from home during the Covid-19 outbreak, we thought it would be valuable to provide tips whether you are new to it or need a reminder on how to be more efficient when working from home.
Create A Routine
If you don’t have a routine, you might go crazy. Structure is key during the transition. Exercise, get showered, your clothes changed and into the right head space each morning. It is a great way to start your day, just like if you are in the office.
Pick Your Home Office Location Wisely
You will want to make sure you have a quieter location. To avoid interruptions like where your kids or a TV is located. You will also want a big enough desk and chair with good back support or an area where you stand up and work if you prefer that style. Having a noise cancelling headphones would also work if you do not have the luxury for a quiet space.
Open Your Work Day
A good way to stay focused is opening your work day with the goals and tasks you need to get accomplished that day. This will keep your productivity levels the same as you were in the office. Having a plan is important.
Communication Is Key
If you typically work in a office setting with other people and walk up to their desk to talk, since that isn’t an option anymore, using other outlets is a great option.Whether it be checking in with your manager, collaborating with a colleague or sending project updates, emailing, instant messaging or via phone is important. If you are a leader or decision maker of the company, you should have guidelines in place for the staff to follow.
Know When To Stop For The Day
It is very easy to work non-stop, not take breaks and/or work late into the night. Obviously, deadlines and other project initiatives might take precedence but as a general rule, put in your 8, 9 or 10 hours and shut down for the evening.
Even if it is only for a few minutes, get some fresh air. If you have time to take a walk, do it, your body will thank you.
If you have any questions or other tips that work for you, comment below or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, we would love to hear from you.