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10 Practical Tips for Working from Home During the Pandemic

It is quite a stressful time for all of us because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lots of people are now working from home on the quarantine and it is the least of all inconveniences. Everything is shut down and people are self-isolated. To add even more stress, the news is rather bad, so it is complicated to concentrate on positive.

It is essential to find an anchor in this period and try to stay calm and productive. For many employees, it is quite challenging to get used to the new environment as they previously worked exclusively from the office. Working from home requires concentration and power of will, as well as simple rules to keep a healthy workplace.

Here are 10 tips that will help professionals to make their quarantine efficient. 

  1. Separate Workplace 

To stay focused, one needs to have a designated area for professional activity. It should be separated specifically for professional responsibilities and nothing else. Set a workplace with your laptop as far from the bed as possible, which will decrease the temptation to rest a bit.

If there is no specific table, it is even better to use the kitchen one. The idea is to prepare the brain and body for work.

  1. Set It Comfortably

Choose a comfortable chair; you are going to spend 8 hours there. Have all the supplies and tools needed for professional activity right beside you. Put all the chargers, notebooks, and pens. And, of course, set a good Internet connection.

  1. Maintain Routine 

Office space sets people to the professional mood as well as a morning routine. This routine keeps concentration and motivation up, so the best idea is to follow it even at home. Set an 8-hour shift, better to start in the morning. Wake up, take a shower, have breakfast.

  1. Dress Up 

Always change your clothes in the morning. It is crucial to change from pyjamas to other clothes, not necessarily office ones, just something different. It will create a feeling of uniform that separates leisure time from professional activity. It can be something comfortable, but different from the clothes you wear for free time.

  1. Eliminate Distractions 

Remote employment comes with the freedom to listen to music at a desk or even turn on the TV. Yet, it is counterproductive and only distracts one from doing their job. Treat your day the same way as if you were still at the office. No TV or music on the background. Turn the notification on your smartphone as well.

  1. Have lunch 

When working remotely, people might forget about lunch or have it at their desks. It is not very good for a healthy routine. Set an hour for lunch, the same way you used to have it. Have a normal meal, not snacks and have time to relax and clear your head. This break is vital for rest, which is necessary to not get tired too soon.

  1. Do not Use Smartphone for Entertainment 

This is a trick that will help to keep entertainment and procrastination away from the work desk. Use your phone only for professional purposes while at the desk. If you want to scroll Instafeed or TikTok you have to go to another place in the house, designated for leisure. This way you will have to physically change the location and sometimes the extra effort is enough to not access social media.

Secondly, even if you go somewhere to procrastinate, you will get the instant feeling that you have left the job in the middle of a day and it will make you come back sooner.

  1. Keep Balance 

It is easy to get overloaded with tasks at home. After all, you have spare time because you haven’t been in traffic. There is no need to hurry up because you are already at home. That is why many employees might think that getting more done can be a good idea.  Well, everything should be balanced. It is better to leave the workplace as soon as all tasks are accomplished and the shift is over. This way you won’t burn out and ensure a healthy life/work balance. It is important to stay both physically and mentally healthy during the quarantine.

  1. Stay in Touch 

Communicate with colleagues and an employer to keep in touch. It is a necessary part of the process and helps to effectively complete tasks. It is also necessary to keep the everyday routine, get updates and stay less isolated.

  1. Set Goals 

Create a schedule with all tasks and goals to complete for a day, a week, and a month. Also, keep deadlines for all of them. Setting goals helps to stay concentrated on what is important. It also boosts motivation, because as soon as a task gets done and crossed out; you get a feeling of accomplishment.

In Summary 

Working from home doesn’t have to be extremely challenging. The key factor of success is maintaining everyday routine as much as possible in the new environment. Have regular hours, keep in touch with colleagues, dress up, and do not procrastinate. And do not forget to have time to rest and re-charge.

Sandy Chernoff
Sandy Chernoffhttp://softskillsforsuccess.com/
SANDY'S 30 years of didactic and clinical teaching in study clubs and continuing dental education, coupled with her almost 40 years of Dental Hygiene practice bring a wealth of experience to her interactive soft skills workshops. With her education background she easily customizes interactive sessions to suit the specific needs of her clients. Her energetic and humorous presentation style has entertained and informed audiences from Victoria to New York City. Sandy’s client list includes law firms, teaching institutions, volunteer and professional organizations and conferences, businesses, and individuals. Her newest project is turning her live workshops into e-learning programs using an LMS platform. Her teaching and education background have helped her to produce meaningful and somewhat interactive courses for the learners wanting the convenience of e-learning options. As the author of 5 Secrets to Effective Communication, Sandy has demonstrated her ability to demystify the complexities of communication so that the reader can learn better strategies and approaches which will greatly improve their communication skills and ultimately reduce conflict, resentment, disappointment, complaining, and confusion. As a result, the reader will be able to increase productivity, efficiency and creativity, improve all the relationships in their lives and ultimately enjoy a happier, healthier existence! Sandy blogs regularly on her two websites on the various soft skills topics that are featured in her workshops and e-learning programs.

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