The global spread of COVID-19 is keeping people at home. Major conferences have been canceled to decrease the risk of infection. Some employers are encouraging or requiring people to work from home for an indeterminate amount of time. If you’re new to the work-from-home lifestyle, whether due to coronavirus or because you’ve managed to find a remote-based job you’ll need to change some of your habits and routines to make working from home a success. Here are 5 tips for leading a better and more productive remote-working life, based on my experience and what I’ve learned from others.
1. Develop a morning routine
An enjoyable perk of working from home is not having to get up, rush out of the house, and commute to an office. However, working from home doesn’t mean you get to skip your morning routine altogether. A routine can be more powerful than a clock at helping you get started each day.
Morning routine could be making breakfast, daily workouts and many more, as long as you follow it every morning, you’re good to go.
2. Build a workspace
The second step in your “work from home” journey is to designate an area of your home, specifically for getting work done. This could be an empty or spare bedroom that you convert to a home office. If you are pressed for space, you can set up a desk for your computer and office supplies. Regardless of space or location, establish an area of your home where you will work, and commit to working in this space every day. Be sure your workspace is quiet so you can focus on the task at hand.
3. Set real work hours
Now that you have your office or work area set up, it’s time to get down to business — literally. If you are going to make working from home an everyday commitment, then set specific business or work hours.
The beauty of working from home is that you can be flexible in setting your working hours. For example, if you are most productive in the morning, then you may want to set your work hours from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. if you work best at night, then you may want to set your work hours from 6 p.m.
4. Take short breaks
It’s ok to relax even while you work from home. Give yourself adequate time during the day to walk away from the computer screen and phone. A lunch hour and two 15-minute breaks seems to be the standard for full-time US employees.
5. Create a Reward system
This is an easy way to help you get things done, even the things you have been procrastinating or putting off. Create a reward system, when you complete a particular task for the day, reward yourself, it could be extra break hours or extra movie time.
Start putting these tips into practice now to streamline your routine and increase your productivity.