An increasing number of people are spending their days in a home office, but working from home can be tough. Here are some tips on how to stay productive.
Ideally, set up a separate space, with natural light and a door you can close. Make it free of distractions like TV.
Particularly if you have younger children, help them understand that you are working and will see them on your scheduled breaks.
Resist the urge to have a PJ day! Following your normal routine will help you focus and be ready for video chats that might pop up!
Set a schedule
Take time to plan your day before jumping into your inbox. Think about what you must accomplish and when you can schedule some breaks.
Take care of tech
At the start of the day, sign into tech systems your team uses. Use free/busy features to let colleagues know when you’re available.
Walk around every so often and stretch. Take short screen breaks to protect your eyes. Leave your workspace for lunch or quick walk outside.
Get comfortable to remote tech
Connecting remotely can require patience. Give yourself extra time to account for slow technology. Don’t expect to be able to send large files right before a meeting!
The value of face-to-face doesn’t have to be lost while working remotely. Use the video functionality of your tech systems for large or 1:1 meetings.
Use the phone
Whenever you can, call instead of email. It’s more efficient, and you’ll feel more connected to colleagues and the outside world.
INSIGHTS FROM WFH VETERANS
“Words impact mindset. People should never apologize for working from home when they need to. They should also not make it an excuse for not being able to collaborate or participate.”
Set yourself up for success
“I set myself up with snacks, office supplies and everything I need for the day. I have plants nearby and will sometimes use a diffuser when I feel stressed. I also use blue light filtering glasses to prevent fatigue and headaches.”
“It’s easy when working from home to let your work time and personal time bleed together. Set boundaries with yourself and your family so you have a clear line between ‘on’ and ‘off’ work.”
“I start my day with a “power hour” where I get through some required tasks that give me a sense of accomplishment. I also like to take short ‘power breaks’ to go up and down the stairs!”