The outbreak of the Coronavirus has forced many to retreat to their homes. Working from home, and even home-schooling children while doing so, has become the new normal for many of us. So, how do you remain focused and keep crushing it at your job while not becoming a champion TV show binge watcher? Well, here are 6 tips to make your switch from the corporate office to your home office a seamless transition.
1. Maintain your regular routine: It’s important that you remain consistent in your regular routine. Fall out of your normal habits and it will be harder for you to be productive. So, set that alarm as you always do. Get out of those PJs and into something you would actually wear to work. Make that morning coffee, take your lunch break, and most importantly “clock out” when your work day is done. You’ve done all you can do. The rest can wait until tomorrow.
2. Have a dedicated work space: It may be tempting but don’t make your work space the couch or your bed. If these are your spots for relaxing you are less likely to get work done effectively, and more likely to take a mid-day snooze. If you don’t have a home office, find a kitchen table or a chair that separates you from areas where you normally relax.
3. Set ground rules: Many of you are not only working from home but you are working from home with kids and/or a spouse. Set boundaries with your new co-workers. Explain to them when you intend to work and when you intend to take breaks. Once clear boundaries are set, everyone will have proper expectations of how the day will go.
4. Plan your day: Don’t go into your workday without a plan. If you were lucky enough to prepare for the transition to working from home from your corporate office, make sure you have all files and materials you need to do your job from home. Make a list of items that can be performed at home or that doesn’t require other team members. Not having a plan can make the hundreds of little tasks seem overwhelming, especially when you are out of your normal environment.
5. Take breaks and take them in their entirety: Just like you do at the office, make sure you are taking your breaks at home. Don’t sacrifice that 20 more minutes left in your lunch time to get more work done. Spend a little time searching REIN.com while you fantasize about your dream home during your afternoon break. This is a great opportunity for you to virtually explore different communities in Hampton Roads. If you are seriously considering purchasing a home anytime soon, learn how to take advantage of the low inventory and the even lower interest rates. Frequent breaks will keep your anxiety at bay and will recharge your strength so you can get back to knocking it out of the park.
6. Stay connected: Some of you may be alone while working from home. Don’t let the isolation and social distancing consume you. Stay connected with your peers and friends through the technology you have at hand. Other means of communication such as FaceTime, Skype, and Facebook Messenger Video Chat are good alternatives, or just pick up the phone to chat the old-fashioned way. Do whatever you need to do for virtual human interaction. It’s also a good idea to check in with team members to keep each other accountable with work and to get assistance from time to time.
Despite our new reality with the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and social distancing guidelines, we encourage you all to continue to strive for success in all you do. Take care of yourself, and each other.
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