How the home-bound can survive and thrive while working remotely through the coronavirus lockdown.
Based on recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's self-quarantining and social distancing are key to combating and further preventing the spread of Covid-19 infections.
And with quarantine periods lasting as long as 14 days many employers are encouraging employees to work remotely in the interest of public health. For many of us, working from home will become the norm for the foreseeable future and while working in your pajamas it may seem like a vacation from your daily grind, it is important to set some personal ground rules to make sure you have a productive and positive time in your new home office routine.
Tips for Working from Home
Find Your Focus
Switching up your daily office routine can be unsettling, especially during times of uncertainty. So during your remote office hours test different techniques to see what helps you find your working rhythm. It may be binaural meditation music, fresh air or a sound-proof room to help boost concentration. Everyone finds their remote office bliss differently so take note of what works for you.
Get The Right Equipment
If you're asked to work from home it's important to understand what equipment they will provide to support you. Asses your environment and ask your boss for any additional items you need during the transition. Noise-canceling headphones, a remote Wi-Fi connection or an additional computer screen can go along way to improving your remote work experience.
Create a Dedicated Workspace
Carving out a dedicated space within your home to work from while on lockdown is especially important for productivity. The creation of physical boundaries between your 'work' space and home life allows you to mentally and physically leave work at the end of your day. Say goodbye mid-afternoon napping or secret Netflix binging!
Tempted to get straight out of bed and into your emails when working from home? You may want to rethink this. We know how easy it can be to roll out of bed and on to the computer in pajamas, but is that the most productive ensemble for getting stuff done? Having a work from home outfit can still be comfy, but getting out of sleepwear and getting dressed is important. When you look good you feel good which all helps contribute to a positive mindset during this uncertain time.
One undeniable downside to remote work is the lack of casual conversations with your colleagues. For those who aren't used to this kind of solo time, full-time work on a remote basis can feel incredibly lonely. Fill the gap where you can by embracing online social time where you can. Use your staff Slack channels over emails to encourage real-time responses with your team or embrace video calls to keep the connection alive.
Maintain Your Personal Life
No matter how easy it can be to get on a roll with your emails it is equally as important to maintain your personal life when working remotely. By putting everything away once your working hours are over it can help establish boundaries between work and play. Use your evenings to check in with family and friends, maintain healthy eating habits, encourage yourself to try indoor exercise or indulge in your very own self-care ritual.
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