- Many have often imagined working from the comfort of their homes.
- Working from home can also be a challenge since it’s easier to lose track of time.
- This set-up is also an opportunity to spend more time with your family.
To avoid the hassle of traveling to work every day, many employees have often imagined working from the comfort of their own homes. With the rampant spread of COVID-19, many businesses have recommended their employees to work from home until the virus has been controlled.
As people work on social-distancing, it has also become a struggle to stay focused while working remotely. To help, here are five tips to keep yourself productive and motivated as you work from home:
Getting Ready for Work
On a day-to-day basis, the daily routine of preparing for work helps your brain get ready to face another day of the workweek. Create ‘triggers’ that can get you to start the day and be similarly prepped to work, like doing indoor exercises, drinking coffee, or reading a newspaper.
Don’t forget to have a designated workspace. It can be a key to help you stay motivated. It wouldn’t be too good to have the kids running around in the background while in a meeting, right?
Experts say that video conferencing helps fight the sense of isolation. It can also enhance team unity, collaboration, and productivity while working from home. Emailing might be sufficient for making official decisions or passing on information, but not everyone reads their emails right away. A quick huddle or team update can help you feel more motivated to work.
Working from home can also be a challenge since it’s easier to lose track of time. In a standard office set-up, stopping by a co-worker’s desk to chat, going out for lunch, or a quick trip to the break room for a cup of coffee is an easy solution to stay motivated and refreshed. While working remotely, don’t forget to step away from the computer for a few minutes.
Maintain a Consistent Routine
When working from home, it would be best to keep a more structured daily schedule than what you usually have. Other people typically influence daily work routines. Thus, working from home may seem and feel lacking than your usual work structure since you’re not in your standard office set-up.
When creating your schedule while working from home, take into account the other commitments you have, and find a routine that lets you take care of those as well. Find balance when working on your schedule; most people find it easier to work early in the morning, so try to complete as many tasks as you can by then.
Everyone Works Differently
Not all employees want to work from home, but due to the current situation, it became a must. With this in mind, managers should communicate with their employees as much as possible and help them during instances when they may be struggling to find balance and motivation.
This is a stressful time for everyone, so you should remind yourself to relax and have fun every now and then. Take several breaks from the stress of work and all that’s going on around you. This set-up is also an opportunity to spend more time with your family. You may be able to notice quirks and traits you haven’t seen from your partner before or discover something your kids enjoy doing with you. Isn’t that something nice?
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