Working from home has quickly become the new way of working all throughout the United States. Our entire lives are shifting; we are dealing with something we have never seen and adjusting to this pandemic, the coronavirus. Newscast are being produced from people’s living rooms, we are having virtual conferences through zoom, teachers are teaching through a screen and children are going to school in their living rooms, times are changing.
The stay at home order was introduced to help stop the spread of the virus, however some people are not taking this serious. We should be practicing social distance and staying home to protect ourselves and others. I’m seeing people out hiking, going to the beach, hanging out with friends and I hope soon enough they realize that they are putting others at risk. The quicker this situation gets controlled the faster we can all get back to our lives. Stay home!
Within the last week I caught a cold and I’ve been concern about my health and others around me. Luckily, right after I got sick I got sent to go work from home and I isolated myself. I have not left my house for a week because I’m concerned for my health, but I’m also taking into considerations other. I just have a common cold however; I’m not taking chances or risking others. I’m staying home for myself, my family, friends, and others and you should too.
A week ago my company decided to send us all to go work from home so we could be safe. For many this might be their first time ever working remotely, not for me. In my previous job working remotely was allowed once a month, and that was the first time ever I experienced working from home. I worked there for about a year and a half, which really made me enjoy working from home and helped me practice for our current situation.
Working from home certainly has its perks like not having to get ready for work, don’t have to commute to your office, don’t have to deal with traffic, saves you gas money and it allows you to sleep in. However, working from home can also be challenging because you can easily get distracted, get lazy and not get your work done.
Having experienced working remotely has definitely prepared me for this situation so the adjustment hasn’t been all that hard. What has been hard has been staying home, isolated and not going out at all, but we got this and we will come out stronger than ever.
Here are 5 tips that can help you stay productive while working from home during this quarantine:
1. Get out of your pajamas – “look good, feel good” being in your pajamas might make you feel sluggish, lazy, sleepy which might make it difficult to be productive while working from home. There is no need to get all dressed up neither or do your entire makeup routine, but do change and brush your teeth. Since you’re home it is perfectly fine to be in a comfy outfit, put on some sweats and hoodie or whatever makes you feel comfortable just make sure you get out of your pajamas.
2. Have a routine/schedule – It is very important to have a routine or schedule while working remotely because it is easy to fall off track. If you start work at 9am make sure you’re waking up at least an hour earlier to get your day started. I promise it will make your mornings better and you won’t feel so sluggish. While working from home go about your day as you usually would, change, get ready, have breakfast, coffee, have your lunch, and do your work as usual.
Try taking your breaks and lunch around the same time you usually would while at the office it will make your day more productive. Once you’re done working make sure you do your normal things after work and go to sleep at a decent time, you still need your rest. Not having a routine or schedule will make your day seem longer, boring, draining and sometimes while working from home it’s easy to forget to eat, drink your water or you can start over eating.
3. Dedicated working place – Make sure you have an area for yourself where you can work from. If you’re working from a laptop it’s easy to work from your bed or couch which will make you lazy. In order to have a more productive workday find a spot in your home where you can set your laptop/computer and you won’t have distractions. You might already have a desk so use that space, or use your kitchen table, your coffee table just make sure you get off the bed. You can work from your couch however, it can get uncomfortable and you can easily get too comfy where you might fall asleep.
4. Shut down distractions – Being home already can be a distraction because you don’t have anyone checking in on you or looking over your shoulder. However, you are working remotely which means work needs to get done. Put your phone on silent or vibrate and put it to the side, make sure you don’t look at it until you complete your tasks. Once you grab your phone it’s easy to get distracted texting back, going on your social media or do some online shopping.
Avoid having the TV on because if you’re watching your favorite show you will get distracted, but if you’re like me who needs some type of background noise then have some music playing or keep the TV on just make sure you put something that is not of your interest. That way you won’t get caught up and distracted. If you have roommates or live with others and they’re working from home too make sure to have boundaries so you guys don’t distract each other too much.
5. Take breaks – Working from home means that you are still allowed to take your normal breaks and lunches. Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you don’t need a break or you can’t eat. Especially with the situation we are dealing with it’s hard not to get overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious while being home so if you need a walk or a quick coffee break, take it. Also, be considerate that you are still on the clock, which doesn’t mean take an hour break or an hour walk.
“Create a vision that makes you wanna jump out of bed in the morning”
It’s easy to forget to take your lunch break or maybe not even take an actual lunch break so make sure you’re taking 30 minutes to 1-hour lunch. If you need a break to get yourself together or just breathe do it, it’s okay but make sure you get back to your work and complete your task.
Working from home isn’t for everyone it might come easier to others and that’s okay. Right now we are all adjusting to the situation and we should try to make the best of it as possible. If you are having a hard time adjusting to working from home reach out for help, contact a co-worker or a friend and ask for some advice.
Being home in quarantine isn’t easy either and if you’re having a hard time or feeling lonely you’re not alone. Reach out to someone, your family, friends, co-workers and talk about it. Right now it’s the time for us to unite and work together, we will beat this virus together and soon enough we will be back to our normal lives.