With the shelter in place order being extended until the end of April, working from home is the new normal for many people. If you’ve never worked from home before, you may find it difficult to stay focused and get everything done that you would normally accomplish in your office. Don’t get discouraged if you haven’t quite aced the whole WFH thing–there’s a lot to take in right now, including a new work space. Here are some tips to hopefully get you on the right track and be super productive while WFH.
Stick to your normal office hours
This is super important when it comes to carrying on “business as usual.” While nothing is really business as usual during this unstable time, it’s good for our mental health to stick to a routine, albeit a new one. So, if your workday at the office is from 8AM-5PM, then that schedule should carry over when working from home.
Get dressed as if you were going into the office
This may seem a little over the top, but studies have shown that the way we dress affects how productive we are at work. This doesn’t mean you have to wear a full on pant suit, but definitely put together a nice, comfy outfit. If you normally wear makeup to the office, don’t skip it while WFH–stick to your normal routine.
Set up a designated work space
When choosing a work space in your home, look for a quiet spot with natural light. If you’re fortunate enough to have a room that can function as an at-home office–even better! You want a space that’s away from any distractions that allows you to focus solely on the job at hand. Don’t be tempted to set up your work space on the couch–this is a pitfall that’s easy to fall into if you’re working on a laptop. During your work hours, stay at your designated work space at home. If you’re living with other people who are also home during your work hours, make them aware of your work space and need for quietness during those hours.
Start a new morning routine
If you don’t already have a self-care morning routine in place, now is a great time to establish one. Now more than ever, it’s important to not only take care of our bodies, but also our minds. Our mindset and emotions affect our immune system and change can be overwhelming for some of us. It’s important to start your day on a calm, peaceful & thankful note.
Prioritize your work day
WFH can sometimes add a layer of confusion as to which task to tackle first. At the beginning of your work day, make a work to-do list and prioritize it. Doing this will help in holding yourself accountable. Plus, it just feels good checking things off your list once it’s been completed.