How to Work Well from Home During COVID-19
COVID-19 is continuing to disrupt our daily routines. For many of us, that includes working from home to help limit the spread of the virus.
If you're new to telecommuting, these tips can help keep you productive, positive, and part of the team:
Tips for Working from Home
- Get dressed for work. A good way to stay disciplined is to dress as though you are going to work as usual. Of course, you can dress more casual than usual, but showering and dressing in clean clothes can help put you in the mindset for work. Staying in your pajamas might seem like a perk of working from home, but can affect your motivation.
- Set up a dedicated workspace. You might have to improvise with a folding table or a small desk in your living room, but having a dedicated area to spend your work day is worth it. It can help keep you organized and serve as a physical reminder — both for you and for others in your home — that you're on the clock.
- Keep the distractions to a minimum, when possible. Try to refrain from doing things that you wouldn't normally do while physically at work (such as watching/listening to TV or doing household chores), except during breaks and after hours.
- Maintain your usual work hours. Sticking to your normal schedule can help keep you focused, and help differentiate your time at work from your free time. Show up to your home office as though you were physically going into work — and call it quits at the usual time too.
- Stay available. Share your work schedule with your boss and co-workers, especially if your hours are different than usual. Share this information with others in your home as well, to limit distractions. Stay in touch with your boss and coworkers through emails and phone calls.
- Take your breaks. Short breaks can be a good productivity booster, and help to clear your mind. Standing up, stretching, or taking a quick walk around the block can help clear your mind while having physical benefits.
- Mind your virtual etiquette. During conference calls, find a quiet place to join in. When not speaking, remember to mute your microphone. And don't email or multitask; give the meeting your full attention.