In the midst of a global pandemic, many companies are still suggesting or even requiring that more employees work from home. Remote work can be lonely, especially when it’s combined with social distancing. For those who are not used to working at home or who don’t have an organized work station, distractions can have a major impact on your productivity and quality of work. Since you’re working from home, you’re in your personal space, which can be hard to associate with your usual professional environment. There’s laundry to be folded, the new puppy that needs attention, and a house that needs to be cleaned. And of course, you’re also trying to help your kids with their “Zoom school”. Thankfully, there are some ways to tackle the challenges of working from home in order to be productive.
Have a defined schedule and stick to it.
Avoid sleeping in or taking too long to finish your morning coffee. Get to work just as if you’re commuting to your office, even if you’re just going upstairs to your office.
Confine your work space to a specific area in your home.
Don’t let your job translate into the lives of other household members or quality time spent with family. Have a space that you designate as your workstation instead of checking emails, voicemails or slacking in front of the TV. Make your space a quiet nook or room of solitude where you can concentrate. If you don’t have a separate room, find an area with minimum traffic flow or a corner of a room off from the main area.
Invest in noise-cancelling headphones or ear buds.
Did you know studies show that a blend of soft music combined with soothing nature sounds—such as waterfalls, rainfall, or ocean waves actually work to calm part of your brain? This helps you concentrate and lowers heart rate and blood pressure.
Set boundaries with coworkers and family members.
It’s easy to feel like you can’t step away from work when adjusting to the remote lifestyle. That being said, it’s important to remember that we all need to recharge after a long day. Don’t get into a bad habit of responding to emails late at night while watching a movie with the children or first thing before you’ve officially signed on for the day. The same thing goes for your family members. Let them know you’re not to be distracted unless there’s an emergency during work hours. Make sure your children and spouse know how to handle any situations that may arise with a plan of action. Afterall, work is still considered a professional setting and should be treated as such.
Get some fresh air.
Now that you’re spending a lot of time at home, get outside as much as possible with gardening or walking around the block. Research shows spending time in nature lowers stress, helps you relax, and clears your mind. If you can take an internal call while enjoying a walk – even better. After work hours, enjoy other areas of your home by sitting on the porch with a good book, enjoying a fire with the family, or taking a walk in your community.
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By Kendra Stowe