For some of us, working from home is new and still a novelty. For others, they have been doing it for years. And they can provide us with great tips on ways to ensure we are staying productive while working from home.
- Create a workspace or home office – Each person who is working in the house should have their “own” area to work (to the best of your ability). Be flexible and maybe have a few spots in the house for working, this allows for “privacy” if one family member is on a video meeting. Make your workspace as comfortable as possible.
- Set a firm “start” and “end” of the day work hours – keep office hours that are in-line with your coworkers. Having set hours helps establish a sense of routine. This routine also helps if you have kids, as they can set their “school work” schedule around your work day and know when not to disturb you.
- Take breaks – Just like when you are in the office, it is not good to sit for too long. Build into your daily schedule short breaks to get up and move. This could be as simple as walking into another room to fill up your water bottle or doing a few squats at your “desk”.
- Get dressed – As tempting as it is to stay in your pajamas all day, get dressed, whether you are leaving the house or not. And keep your morning hygiene routine; shower, shave, brush your hair and teeth – it is the little things in our daily routine that helps keep “normalcy” in our lives.
- Keep your routine – this is more than just your morning routine, this includes your work day routine. If you have certain business tasks that need to be done daily or weekly, continue to do them around the same time or in the same order each day. And if you have trouble starting in the morning, make your commute to your home office a little longer and go for a walk around the block.
- Build in physical activity – whether it is going for a walk, doing an online/virtual exercise class, or playing outside with kids, build in physical activity into your daily routine – it can be in the morning, on a lunch break or after your working hours.
- Designate a “work-free” zone – This is important as it gives your family a space to be in to do other things (watch tv, games, puzzles, etc) while you are working. This also allows your downtime to be without distractions. You won’t be tempted to check your email one last time.