We are in the midst of the most unprecedented and difficult times in modern times due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Most of us are ordered to remain in our homes, and companies are taking various initiatives to get people working from their homes. Working from home is nothing new, and freelancers have been doing that since forever. But, this a substantial and unusual challenge for lots of us, especially those who will be working from home for the first time, full-time.
Here are 5 tips that will help you to ensure that you get your work done in time and remain motivated and productive while maintaining your mental well-being. Let’s get to it:
- Get Dressed For Work
This is easier said than done, but it’s crucial. Working in your pajamas will not lift your mood, but the simple act of changing into your work clothes serves as a signal to get up, be busy, and get things done. Of course, you don’t need to dress as formally as you did for work but getting dressed will also help you distinguish your “normal” life from the “work” life. Furthermore, make sure you also do all the essential appearance-based tasks such as taking a shower, brushing your hair, or put on makeup if that’s something you do. And this is a no brainer, just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you won’t have to attend meetings — yes, I am referring to video meetings.
- Make A Workspace Or Home Office
One of the biggest challenges by far when it comes to working from home or a remote location is to keep your home and work lives separate. You need to disconnect your home life fully when working, or else your work productivity will take a hit, and your home life will suffer as well. If you are someone working from home for the first time, it is imperative to separate work and home physically. You can do this by designating a separate room for your home office. If you live in a small apartment or space is scare, you can convert some space or corner of your living room, kitchen, or dining room as your home office. Also, make sure to make your workspace comfortable with a good chair, a few decorations, and good natural lighting if possible.
- Stick To Your Defined Working Hours
So you have a designated room or space for your home office, but that’s not all. You need to define your working hours and stick to it as much as you can to get the most from your working from home arrangement. If you are working in a team, you can make things easier by asking your coworkers to work on the same schedule.
- Practice Transitions Into And Out Of Work
If you are off to work—usually you commute from one physical location to another. This gives your brain some time to prepare for work. But just because you are not commuting to work doesn’t mean you can’t spare some equivalent time that will help you ease into your regular workday. You can read or listen to some music or spend some time with your loved one or pet before you start working. You can even throw in a home workout or spend some time on a hobby.
- Get Rid Of Distractions (Coronavirus News For Example)
Distraction is one of the significant challenges for people working from home or remotely—especially to those who aren’t used to it. Sure you can take a few breaks throughout the day as you usually do in an office like making yourself some coffee or having a snack. But, don’t start doing loads of laundry or listening to the news about coronavirus, which is one of the biggest distractions right now.