The recent COVID-19 outbreak has impacted the way people live their lives. Many companies are implementing voluntary or mandatory work from home policies. Considering many of us are working from home, we have decided to put together this guide that details the top five work from home tips.
1) STAY DRESSED
It might seem like a simple tip, but it’s a crucial one. Getting dressed literally boosts up your mind and makes you energetic instantly. While we all are stuck at home during the pandemic period, it is tempting to stay in pajamas all day, according to analysis and reviews, it usually tends to reduce the overall productivity.
A simple act of changing clothes serves as a signal that it’s time to wake up and get things done. Getting dressed also applies to other appearance-based tasks: Take a shower, brush your hair, even put on makeup if that’s what you’d usually do. You don’t need to dress up completely formal like a regular office, but waking up and taking care of your appearance can go a long way towards helping you feel like you’re taking care of yourself.
Besides, just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean that no one from work will see you. It’s 2020 and we’re all about to have a lot of video meetings. So, be productive and fresh in the lockdown period.
2) Stay motivated with a list
A simple to-do list can do wonders for keeping you organized, motivated, and productive as you work from home. Scheduled work is very important to keep your mind ready to complete your tasks productively. As you create your list, think about big, long-term goals, like finishing a project, as well as small goals, like completing tasks that lead to that big goal. Checking off those smaller everyday tasks and goals lets you know you’re making progress, which gives you positive reinforcement throughout your day.
Work feels much more doable when it’s in parts and segregated. Write or type out your list instead of just having it in your head. Checklist the tasks and note your consistency. You won’t have to devote headspace to constantly remembering what you have to do, and the pleasure of crossing tasks off your list can help you stay motivated.
3) Build Transitions Into (and Out of) Work
A workspace is important to keep you organized and focused. Your workspace should not compulsorily be your bedroom, but it should feel as separate from the rest of your home as possible. Try to make your workspace comfortable with a chair you can sit in for eight hours a day and remember to keep it clean and organized with all your TO-DO lists attached to your workspace. Find an area with good natural lighting if at all possible.
Entering your workspace will help you turn “on” at the beginning of the day and get down to work. Your morning commute not only gets you to work—from one physical location to another—but it also gives your brain time to prepare for work.
Try to make slots to relax, meditate, have family time and self-care sessions as well. Do not sit at the same place constantly for hours as it will stress your body out as well. So, as soon as you get time from your schedule, do take a walk around nature, cycle, yoga, read books, communicate, watch quality content, and spend time doing positive things.
4) Stay away from Distractions at Work
Distractions are one of the biggest challenges of working remotely. To keep your brain in the right mode, avoid doing nonwork tasks during your work time. For example, schedule a separate time to do laundry instead of tackling it while you’re finishing a work presentation.
Spending time on social media and socializing is a good aspect, but make sure to not hamper your schedules due to these distractions between work. Start a task with dedication, and complete it. Stay away from your phone when not needed, as the messages and social media tend to be easy distractions during work. Once the task is complete, you can Chill 🙂
5) Communicate, Connect & Socialize!
Working from home might seem like a solo experience, but it usually still involves interacting with others, whether it’s meeting with your team, getting assignments, making decisions, or giving and receiving feedback.
At certain instances, one might feel alone, lonely, zoned-out during the work from home process, but once you communicate with a person, the mind feels free. Communication is a very important aspect. Connecting with different people or just getting updated with your colleagues or friends can boost you up. A simple text message, a call, a video call, or even a conference call can keep you surrounded with positivity and help you socialize.
So, while working from home remember to not get bored and lazy. Get up, dress up, work & complete tasks, update your checklist, explore various new interests, socialize, and stay happy!
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