At this point in time, there isn't a single person who has not been impacted in some way by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you are one of the many people who are now working from home, you may be having a hard time adjusting. We're here to help make that adjustment a little bit easier with a few quick tips (we are work from home pros!).
1. Set up a dedicated work space.
Your first step is to set up a dedicated space for you to get work done. Ideally, you will have a desk, computer, and all of the regular items you use for the work you do in your office. If you don't have a desk, set up your space at a table instead! Sometimes, we even just work off of our laptops on our couches. Choose a place where you'll be the most comfortable and you can focus!
2. Minimize your distractions.
The biggest challenge when working from home is getting distracted, whether it's by pets, the TV, or having your kids home from school with you. Do the best you can to keep everyone occupied and busy while you work. Keep the TV off. Make sure your pets are happy with a toy or treats. Have your kids working on their schoolwork along side you.
3. Keep to your regular hours.
It can be easy to lose track of time when working from home, and you might even feel the need to work longer to compensate for the time you feel you were distracted. But it is very important to keep to your regular hours so you don't get burnt out! We recommend working during the timeframe that you normally would at the office.
4. Take a break.
Don't skip out on your breaks. We all need them to refresh and stay productive. Like we mentioned above, it's easy to lose track of time and forget to take a break. Set an alarm so you know when you should get up to stretch, have lunch, or do any other activity.
5. Keep in contact with your co-workers.
If you find yourself with questions or are feeling isolated, stay in communication with your co-workers and boss(es). Don't be afraid to shoot them an email or make a phone call to get answers and make sure you're all on the same page with the work that's expected of you while you're at home.
We know this is a challenging time for many people. If we can do anything to help ease your mind while you work from home, please feel free to reach out to us for advice.