A lot of us find ourselves working from home due to the corona virus outbreak. What may seem fun at first could end up feeling isolating and uninspiring after a few days. This could be why so many people flock to coffee shops to independently work but still feel connected!
As someone who works from home frequently already, I have a few tips to make your days productive and enjoyable.
Keep a Routine. When you go into the office, you wake up, get ready, eat breakfast, and commute. If you just roll out of bed and grab your computer, you’re not giving yourself that block of time to ease into work. I like to wake up, get ready, and eat breakfast before I open my work computer. Once I am ready, then I start my work day.
Take Breaks and a Lunch: When you’re at work, you’re not staring at a computer screen for 8 hours straight. Don’t feel like you have to be glued to your computer every second of the day at home. No one is watching you and if they are, you need to find a different job.
Take a little break every few hours to reset yourself. Also, I find it helpful to step away for the whole lunch hour. I like to work out over lunch. It helps me get my mind off work, and lets me feel recharged when I log back in.
Call People: You may start to feel a little isolated when all of your communication is on email or IM. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone! A lot of conversations can be handled more efficiently via phone and it’s nice to connect with someone and have a little small talk.
Now would also be a good time to connect with mentors or other people in your network via phone. Maybe they’re at home and looking for connection too!
Minimize Distractions: For me, it’s really easy to become distracted by my phone and social media apps even at work, and it seems worse at home. I try to put my phone on the other side of the room when I’m working on something so the temptation to do a quick scroll through Instagram isn’t there. Once I get a project done, I let myself take a little break and check in.
As much as I love trashy daytime TV, I’ve found that its too distracting to have on while I’m trying to work. If you can tune out background noise, go for it, but if you find yourself getting sucked into The View, just keep it off!
Get Sh*t Done: I find it way easier to get through a lot of work when there aren’t workplace distractions. Use the time to crank through projects that you’ve put on the backburner like yearly goals or cleaning up your inbox. It will be that much easier when you actually do go back to the office.
Do you have any work from home tips and tricks? Comment below!