As we all practice social distancing amidst the coronavirus outbreak, businesses around the globe have rolled out mandatory remote work. While working from home sounds like a luxury in theory, it is certainly no vacation and staying productive is easier said than done. It can be difficult to separate work and life when both are happening in the same place. Use these tips to create an effective work from home strategy.
Continue your routine
Getting dressed is an important part of the mental shift into work mode. Just because you are not commuting and going into the office doesn’t mean you should skip your regular weekday routine.
Create a daily to-do list
Setting your priorities is important at the office and infinitely more so when you are working remotely. Creating a daily to-do list will help you to stay on track and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Create a dedicated workspace
Although it is tempting to stay in bed or work from the couch, creating a dedicated workspace is critical to your success as a remote worker. Separating your work area from your bedroom will visually represent the boundary between your work and personal life.
Listen to your mind and body
When you live in your office, it is easy to overwork. Blocking out time for yourself is crucial. Taking breaks when you need them will increase your productivity. Step outside to get fresh air, make another cup of coffee. You may find it helpful to set an alarm to remind you to move away from the computer.
Communicating and over-communicating is essential. Check in regularly with your supervisor as well as your team. Besides email and messaging platforms set up regular check-ins via phone or video conferencing.
Goals are important to keep you on track, as well as to validate your productivity. Setting goals, regardless of their size, or time-sensitive nature, is of great important for remote workers. Not only will this give you a time frame for completing your tasks but more importantly, it keeps you motivated.
Most importantly know what you need to have a productive day. You are in control of the environment when you work from home, so tune into what you need, make time for it and design your WFH routine accordingly.