Are you looking for best practices for working from home that will keep you motivated and productive? Now, more than ever, remote working is becoming a new reality. Here are eight tips that may help you stay energized and boost your work productivity while providing a work-life balance we all need.
TIP #1: Keep A Routine
The simple practice of showering and dressing (even if it is casual dress) will mentally prepare you to focus on work. Also, have a daily schedule that is realistic and balanced so you don’t work too much, which is easy to do when you are working from home.
TIP #2: Dedicate an Area Just for Work
Whether it’s an entire room, or just a small corner, be sure that anyone else you live with understands this is your work space and needs to respect your time there. Make it comfortable, functional and inspirational for your work.
TIP #3: Make a Task List
It is easy to get distracted, so having a to-do list can keep you on track and focused. Also, keep it flexible as priorities can change, but be sure to check off items as you complete them. This sense of accomplishment will keep you motivated and provide a work record of your activity.
TIP #4: Turn OFF the TV and Turn ON the Tunes
There are many free or low-cost streaming music services available to create your own playlists, or find a new playlist based on your music preferences. Pandora, Spotify, YoutTube, and Apple Music are just a few to consider. Having the appropriate music can help you concentrate and provide mental motivation. Choose music that will inspire you but not distract you.
TIP #5: Take Frequent Breaks
Stop working and look away from the computer at least every 30 to 45 minutes. Even if it is only for a few minutes, these will provide your eyes with relief from screen time and let you take a few moments to relax and stretch out your muscles from being in one position for too long.
TIP #6: Go for Walks or Runs
Outdoor activities recharge you and you can still practice social distancing. Get some fresh air any way you can. Look at the trees outside. Listen to the birds. Open your senses to stimuli outside your home. Get away from work and relax in nature.
TIP #7: The Kitchen is NOT a Buffet
Do not use the kitchen to graze or fill up on junk food. Evaluate what is available and what you shop for. Junk food and food with lots of sugar provide temporary energy and are loaded with unneeded calories. Stock up on health food options that provide natural, long-term energy and are better for your overall well-being. Having the right snacks on-hand will prevent unwanted grazing or stress eating.
TIP #8: Get Face-to-Face Online
Whether it is FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangouts (which is offering their Premier service for free during this critical time), or any other WebCam interface, connect with co-workers, friends and family live. Schedule a happy hour and enjoy your favorite drink virtually! This will energize you, give you a break from the solitude of work, and keep you connected to those people you care for and love.