How to be productive while working at home?
As long as many of us continue to work from home, here are some key strategies to working from home when it comes to getting your tasks done efficiently.
Create a work space…
Although it’s tempting to stay in bed or head to your sofa, those who successfully work from home agree that you’re best off setting up a station. If you don’t have a desk, use your dining room table. Besides making you feel like you’re at an “office,” this helps you maintian good posture, avoid distractions, and leave your work behind at the end of the day
…but don’t just sit there
Sitting all day isn’t healthy even if you’re at the office, but working from home means you skip your commute and have fewer reasons to get up from your chair throughout the day. Make sure to stand up regularly to stretch or move around.
If you’ve gained an extra hour or two from not commuting, it’s a good opportunity to exercise, either by working out at home or going for a walk outside. A lunchtime walk can also help you feel like you’re not stuck inside all day.
Get some fresh air
Since experts advise to limit contact with people who may be sick and many companies are urging employees to stay home, you’re likely going to spend a lot of time indoors. Open your windows to let in as much natural daylight and fresh air as possible, and take short walks if you live in an unpopulated area — and be sure to wash your hands as soon as you return home.
Stay connected with your colleagues
If you work on a team, make sure to check in regularly just like you would in the office. Create to-do lists to keep yourself organized and focused. Besides email and messaging programs like Slack, it’s a good idea to set up regular check-ins via phone or video conferencing like Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom.
If you have kids, get help from a family member
It might not be the best choice for your family with the social distancing advisory, but if you have someone that can help out (e.g. a family member that can stay isolated with you), you’ll be able to get the most amount of work done.
Mix up your hours. If your job allows for it, try to squeeze in work when your baby or toddler is asleep, like early morning, nap times, and at night.