We are sure at some point in the past we’ve all joked about how nice it would be to work from home! But none of us ever expected it as a reality and certainly not a result of a pandemic hitting our country. If you’re now working from home, check out our tips below to help stay focused while working from home and to also prevent yourself from going crazy during these uncertain times! We are keeping our country, our state, and all of those effected by the coronavirus in our thoughts and prayers.
1. Make a To-Do List Everyday
This is something we always do everyday at the office and we think it’s even more important to continue to do it while working from home, so we can stay focused on the what needs to be done and remain productive throughout the day. We always start with the most important tasks at the top that HAVE to get done that day.
2. Dedicate a Space for Work
This is an important one! Even if you don’t have a dedicated office in your home, try and pick out a quiet space that you can use just for working. You can set-up a space in your bedroom, dining room or even your back porch on nice days. While normally, you’re able to leave your work at work, working from home you may not have as clear of a distinction. Having a dedicated space will allow you to focus on your tasks at hand without the distractions of the entire family being at home.
3. Keep in-touch with Co-Workers via Video Chat
The average person spends over 90,000 hours in their lives at work. It’s not an understatement to say that co-workers are our friends and a lot of times like family. Luckily, technology available today allows us to connect with others unlike ever before. A few times a week, we recommend hoping on a video chat with your co-workers or maybe even the entire office to discuss work items or even just to chat for a few minutes to see how everyone is holding up.
4. Lots of Coffee
There’s a reason over 75% of Americans drink either coffee or tea in the mornings. Coffee and teas are a soothing stimulant to help your mind and body get going. Caffeine is also a natural pain-reliever, helping to crush those headaches. Keeping your routine as close as possible during these uncertain times are critical for a feel of normalcy. If you need an afternoon pick-me-up after a long day at the home office, head into the kitchen and brew your favorite joe or make a cup of hot tea.
5. Take Breaks
Just like working at the office, it’s critical that you take a few breaks during the day. Take a lunch like your normally would and be sure to set work aside for 10-15 minutes every couple of hours to take your mind off work, reduce stress and gain some motivation to finish out the day. Go and check on the kids, take the dog out for a quick bathroom break or grab a healthy snack from the fridge! Numerous studies have shown that breaks during work increase productivity, efficiency, and your overall mental health.
6. Spend Time With Loved Ones
Once work is done for the day (hey, we won’t tell if you skip out a few minutes early)…be sure to spend time with your loved ones stuck at home too. Stress and uncertainty is high during these times, everyone (yes, even you) needs some love and attention to help them get through this, especially kids. Make a pizza at home, turn on a movie, break out Monopoly and have a good old fashioned family fun night.
Thanks for reading! If you have any tips to share we’d love to hear them. Stay safe and be good to everyone.