With the COVID-19, quarantining, countries/cities being on shutdown, schools closing, and the obsession with cleaning supplies and toilet paper, it is a prime time to let overwhelm take over.
Last week Monday, my supervisor called to let me know that I will be working from home (did I mention this is my first time working from home). I believe many companies will start shifting in this direction very soon especially with the spread of the COVID-19.
Although I only been working from home for a few days I noticed how easy it is to get distracted and tempted to do other things. Like catch up on last night shows that you weren’t able to watch might sound like a good idea, but it can turn into a form of procrastination if there’s no one telling you to get back t work. So I put together 5 productivity tips for working from home.
1. HAVE A SCHEDULE AND STICK TO IT
I’ve found that by sticking to my regular schedule as if I was in the office makes it easier to get my work done. Of course, we all have the luxury to throw dinner on the stove early, run to the store, start the laundry, but by adhering to my regular work hours ( 8-4:30 PM ) I can get things done. The goal here is to follow your schedule as much as possible so that you can get your work done during your normal working hours.
2. MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
One of the luxuries about working from home is that we don’t have to commute to work. Use your commute time to make yourself a delicious breakfast ( something I’ve been taking full advantage of ), meditate, go over your task for the day, listen to a podcast. If there’s one thing you wished you could do before or after work but haven’t been able to do so due to time. Now, is the time to try adding it to your schedule.
Just like our environment, our attire can impact our productivity. Do not start your workday wearing your PJs ( Yes, I’m SERIOUS ). Get dressed like your going into work. Depending on the type of work you do, you might have to dial in for last minute conference call. At least by taking this approach, you will be ready for anything that comes your way.
4. CREATE A PRODUCTIVE WORKING ENVIRONMENT
As I shared earlier, our environment whether good or bad can impact our productivity. If you want to get your work done it’s time to create a productive working environment. This can easily be done by designating an area of your home to work, make sure that area is FREE of clutter, add a picture, positive words, candle, etc. to add a boost to your environment.
5. WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
Working from home can tempt you to eat excessively or not as frequently as would if you were at work. I’ll be honest when I say my eating schedule has been thrown off ( but I’ll be back on track come Sunday ). If this is something that you struggle with, I recommend creating a schedule and adding it to the calendar on your phone.
If you have any working from home productivity tips, feel free to share them in the comments!