Working from home is different from going to an office in some significant ways, and doing so while your family is also home can add some additional considerations! Still, we all want to get our best work done even in these strange circumstances. One of the most important things to do is set up a routine, and this includes regular breaks. You can’t focus on work nonstop without losing some steam.
CDC is recommending that we all get outside at least once a day, whether to play in the yard, work in the garden, or to take a walk around the block or in a nearby park. Just remember to keep at least 6 feet between you and others who may venture out at the same time. Also remember that pollen allergies are worst before noon, so plan accordingly!
Below are some great tips from someone who regularly works from home.
So, all you folks who have to work from home now...
Here is some sage advice from someone who’s been doing this for a few years:
1. Create a work space. Somewhere comfortable, but organized. Your bed will not work for this timeframe.
2. Routine is key. Decide what time you need to get up every day, and stick to it. Which leads to the next tip:
3. Wake up, workout if that’s your thing. Shower and GET DRESSED every day. You don’t have to put on business attire, but put on clean clothes and prep to work. Because...
4. Use video chat whenever possible. Skype and Teams, etc. are great without video, but SEEING people and being seen makes it much easier to focus and not lose human connection.
5. Take a lunch break. Preferably somewhere else in the house away from your workspace. Lunch takes on a whole new meaning when you WFH (work from home). It might mean putting in a load of laundry, prepping dinner, walking the dog, or taking a TV break - but do it - because...
6. It’s hard to set boundaries when your office is at home. Do your best. Don’t overwork because it’s right there. Get up. Walk around. Do jumping jacks. Step outside. Whatever you need to clear your head.
7. If you have children staying home with you, have a chat with them to explain the circumstances and what’s expected. Also, noise cancelling headphones are a gift from above.
Working from home is awesome, but it can be lonely and draining and distracting long term if you’re not careful! It will be very interesting to see what it’s like once everyone is doing it!
Best of luck and enjoy your lack of commute.
Oh, one more thing - no shoes, ever. Who needs them?