Companies around the world are now implementing and mandating their employees to adopt a work from home policy amid the spread of COVID-19. Shifting to remote working especially at home will be a normal day for others, however for employees who will be working from home for the first time means transitioning from the normal office to home office can be much more jarring.
There are different pros and cons of working from home. One of the advantage of working from home is that you can save time on commuting from home to your office, it’s convenient and you can spend more time with family. But there’s always another side of the coin like communication problem and prone to more distraction that affects productivity.
Here are some tips to help you stay focused on the tasks and be mentally and physically healthy while working from home.
Create a morning routine
Treat each new day as if you were going to your normal office. Set your alarm, drink your coffee, take a shower and get dressed normally.
Make a plan
Create a daily schedule and a to-do list that includes your time for meals, breaks, your work to do’s) your schedule can help you organize your day and make you more efficient at home.
Schedule a break
Like in a normal office setup, take a proper breaks study says that humans work best by taking a short breaks. Stretch your muscles, drink your coffee at your garden, go for a walk and play with your kids for a short time.
Identify and eliminate distractions
One of the challenges of working from home is all the distractions from your family, your pets, your TV’s. So, if you have a separate room for a home office that is great. If not, you can use your noise cancelling headphones and earphones.
Communication is one of the major problem of working from home. Though there are lots of options out there beside phone and email. Effective communication especially working remotely is not only helpful, but it is essential so invest in online communication tools which create collaborative culture like Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
Follow these simple steps, and trust me: you’ll have a productive day every day and may not want to back to office anytime soon 🙂 .