Stay productive while working from home during Covid19

The COVID-19 pandemic means that you, along with your other colleagues, may have to work from home. Feelings of social isolation can be overwhelming during this era of social distancing. If you have not had experience in remote working before you may worry that distractions could disrupt your efficiency and productivity. Or on the flip side, you might be working 24/7 as there is no definite end to your workday, in which case, you risk burning out.

Working from home tips

Remote working is different from working at the office. You have to create a set schedule and ensure you follow your plan daily. A few tips to assist you in adjusting to your new situation during the coronavirus outbreak include:

1. Ensure that you have a designated workspace in one area of your home. Your workspace must be an area where you can focus and concentrate. If your house layout does not allow for a designated room, find a quiet space where other family members are less likely to disturb you.
2. Invest in noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds to decrease your chances of being disturbed.
3. Treat your work station as your office. Go there regularly to increase your productivity, follow a set schedule, and set psychological boundaries. Psychological boundaries are vital, so you do not get distracted by unfinished personal tasks. You must complete all your activities outside of your working hours as you would typically do when working at the office.
4. Once your workday is complete, put away your electronic devices and work tools as this helps you to relax and recharge your batteries.
5. Discourage personal intrusions. Set boundaries with family members and let them know that interruptions and drop-ins can cause you to lose your concentration, and may lead to procrastination which puts you behind on deadlines. Remember, although the location of your job is different, your profession requirements are still needed.
6. Ensure you have the technological equipment necessary to stay in touch with your boss and colleagues. Zoom, for example, helps you stay connected with team members through video calls. Setting regular meetings with colleagues is essential to staying on the same page and combating any feelings of being alone.
7. Embrace nature. When you spend a disproportionate amount of time at home, you can quickly develop cabin fever. Go outside during your breaks to take a walk around the garden or the block. Not only does this assist in lowering stress levels, but it also helps you relax and clear your mind.

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