How to Do Your Best Work From Home
As the country continues to take measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, more and more people will be working from home.
Some of us do this regularly, some do it all the time already, but most of us are definitely having to adjust to this “new normal.”
So, we wanted to provide some guidance on how to best set yourself up for success while working from home.
Find a Suitable “Desk” Area
While some of us may have a home office that’s already tailor-made for working from home, others of us have had to get creative.
No matter if your work space is the kitchen table, your back patio, it’s important that you find a spot that is away from the noise and traffic of your home and is also in a comfortable spot, preferably with a view. This is your chance to pick your own office, so take full advantage!
Set and Maintain Work Hours
Your commute now consists of walking down the stairs to the coffee pot, but make sure you’re making the best use out of your extra time. Create and stick to a daily timeline or work schedule that best suits your needs and keeps you performing at your best.
Apps like RescueTime will help keep you accountable to the schedule you set for yourself.
And at the same time, don’t overdo it! Many people will actually work more hours from home than they would normally, which can be a drain on your mental health. Be sure to maintain work-life balance while working from home, just as you normally would.
We’re all now very well-acquainted with the inside of our homes. So get outside!
Find several times throughout the day to get outside and get some fresh air. You’ll obviously need to still maintain a proper social distance from those in your home or your neighbors who also might be outside, but there are numerous benefits to taking time outside while you’re working.
One of the biggest things we miss when working from home is the camaraderie of our colleagues.
It’s important to maintain connections with those you work with, both professionally and socially. Utilize communication apps like Slack to facilitate better communication among individuals and groups at the office.
And don’t hesitate to hold a virtual happy hour over Zoom so you can see the faces you’re missing by working from home each day.