The coronavirus outbreak has caused many Americans to start working from home, including some who may have never worked from home before. Adapting to change is not always easy. Here are some tips to help you make the transition from working in the office to working remotely.
Your Living Space is Now Your Office
As hard as this may be to embrace, for the foreseeable future, where you live is also where you work. You might be more productive if you find a spot in your home/apartment that feels more like your desk setup at work instead of working from your couch or the recliner. Even if you do not have a desk at home, working at a dining room table could help you maintain your focus. If you must visit the office to grab some items, consider grabbing your favorite keyboard, mouse, and other tools that you rely on each day to get your work done.
Technology is intended to make things easier and it can certainly help your transition to working from home. Video conferencing is a great way to maintain a personal connection with your coworkers. Even if your employer does not offer video conferencing, picking up the phone and speaking to a coworker can be more efficient than sending an email.
In a work from home scenario, there is no such thing as overcommunicating. Taking a few minutes at various points throughout the day to check in with team members is a valuable way to keep projects moving along. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. If you find yourself going in circles or struggling to get where you need to, stop, reach out, and ask for guidance.
Keep Your Routines
Being out of the office is already enough of a disruption for your daily routine. Go out of your way to maintain regularly scheduled activities like lunch breaks. Also, you may feel the need to begin working earlier in the day because you have no morning commute. Unless your employer tells you otherwise, adhere to your organization’s regular business hours to avoid becoming burned out.
This is one issue that may be somewhat out of your control, especially if you have children who are home from school. If you listen to the radio or use a television for background noise while in the office, it makes sense to maintain that routine. If not, resist the urge to watch a movie or the news. It might end up doing more harm than good for your ability to focus.
You Can Still Take Sick Time
Nothing is more important than your health, especially during these troubling times. It’s important to remember that if you are dealing with an illness, using sick time should still be an option.
Comfort is Critical
One of the major benefits of working from home is you can dress more comfortably. Unless you have video conferencing with coworkers and clients, wearing comfortable clothes might be the one part of your work routine that’s worth changing.
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