Amidst this pandemic virus, many businesses have opted to go remote. Working from home means no more morning commute, no cold office environment, and the ability to stay in your pajamas all day. At first, this transition could sound like a dream, but if it’s not done properly, the effects can be negative. The first few days may be enjoyable, and a refreshing change from the usual workday, but a lack of motivation and boredom can click in quite fast. With the uncertainty and continuous developments of this virus, working from home could be the new normal for the next couple of weeks or months. In order to stay productive and keep morale high, there needs to be a routine set in place. Not only will this benefit you and help keep your sanity, but it will improve the quality of your work.
Below are some ways you can improve work productivity at home:
I know what you’re thinking… One of the main benefits of working from home is being able to stay in bed, right? Well, although staying in bed does sound wonderful, it’s not where optimal work gets done. Designating a workspace doesn’t have to mean a fully equipped home office, but rather a space for just you and your work. This space could be a table in a separate room or even just your kitchen table. Ideally, the space you decide to work in is one that you don’t usually relax in. When working from home, it’s important to separate your workspace from your relaxation space.
What most people find while working from home is that they end up constantly working without taking breaks. While you’re not in the presence of coworkers and your boss, they have devices where they can contact you 24/7. This could result in you working through lunch, and by the time you know it, the day is over. In order to prevent this from happening, take the normal breaks that you would as if you were in the office. Go to lunch, make your afternoon coffee, and if you must, even take a walk outside to refresh your mind.
When I say get “dressed,” I’m not necessarily suggesting that you suit up in your best professional attire, but rather just out of your pajamas. This aspect of working from home can be one of the most tempting to do (a close 2nd to staying in bed). Don’t get me wrong, if one day you’re feeling a little extra cozy and if weather permits, stay in your sweatpants and slippers. On every other day of the week, though, it’s important for your daily routine to go the extra mile. Changing out of your pajamas and putting on “day-time clothes,” can get your mind ready to work. It’s easy to get stuck in a sleepy and sluggish mood when your mind still thinks it’s time for sleep and relaxation.
As this virus progresses and protocols are mandated, we will continue to see more and more quarantines and shutdowns. While this time we’re in is not ideal and is creating fear within many of us, it will pass, and the world will be right again. So, while we’re weathering this storm and waiting for it to pass, enjoy this time at home! Create a routine that works for you and modify it as you go.