Due to the quick and unpredictable spread of the coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, a lot of employees have been directed to work from home. While you may look forward to working from the comfort of home, a lot of people have trouble adjusting.
In order to remain productive and work efficiently, keep these tips in mind!
Set a Schedule and Routine for Yourself
One key perk of working from home is that you can roll out of bed and start working. But to stay as productive as possible, try and stick to a schedule!
Even if you have nowhere to go in the morning, take the time to get ready as you normally would. Take time to savor your morning coffee, go for a light jog, or do your cleansing routine. A morning routine can prepare you for the day and put you in work mode.
Schedule Breaks and Lunches
Working frenzies can be great, but you need to make sure you adequately set time aside for your breaks and meal times. Spending too much time staring at a screen without breaks can lead to dry eyes and eyestrain.
Keep track of how much time you spend working and set alarms so you don’t forget to pull yourself away from the computer. Allow yourself to take full advantage of the time allowed. If you have an hour for lunch, then take your time making a proper meal or spend time reading your book while you eat.
Set Expectations Up with Your Children
Having children in the home can be chaotic and loud. Take the time to sit them down and explain the situation. If you set up a work schedule for yourself, explain when “quiet time” is reinforced–such as when you have a conference.
If you live in a married household and both spouses are working from home at the moment, take turns checking in on the kids and spending time with them. Take lunches together and make them feel like you’re available during certain times of the day.
Make Time for Friends and Family
A lot of states are currently enforcing social distancing. If you are stuck at home working and living, make sure you make time to call, Face Time, or text your family and friends.
Just because we have to stay isolated does not mean we have to forego social connections. Socializing is important for our mental well-being. Staying social has been proven to boost brain health, so take a few minutes every day to check in on loved ones and ask how they’re doing.