How To: Stay Productive Working From Home

How To: Stay Productive Working From Home

By Sara Bristoll |
Mar, 18 2020

Things have gotten pretty hectic fairly quickly in the United States. Many employers are asking employees to work from home (except our amazing first responders and medical personnel who keep going into work to help us all), restaurants are only open for pick up or drive through, and schools have closed down. We've all been asked to limit going out - and if you're anything like me, just being told you can't do something makes you feel like you're missing out. 

Working remotely in the best of circumstances takes a level of dedication and focus. Here are some top tips for keeping your productivity up and the cabin fever down.

1. Set a Dedicated Space

Whether this is in a bedroom, office, or your kitchen, make sure you have a comfortable spot to work and where you can store your work space. Bonus if it's in a room you can close off, so you can feel like you're going to work and shut the door on it at the end of your day. 

2. Get Ready for Work

Yes, it's fun to wake up and work in your pajamas sometimes, but it's not good for your motivation day-in and day-out. You don't have to wear business attire every day (unless your boss is mandating that), but take a shower, do your hair, brush your teeth and change your clothes, just like you were heading to an actual office. 

3. Set Work Hours

Most of us run off of a schedule at work. If it's not a set schedule every day, there are general hours we try to follow. Set your working hours and let your team know what they are. This way you have a start and stop time, and a divisible line between work and home life. 

4. Learn to Be Flexible

Things will come up during your work day at home. If you're a parent, you may have kids around that need extra help throughout the day, your dog could start barking during a conference call, teenagers may bust in to complain their sibling won't let them have control over the TV. When this happens, take a deep breath and try to laugh it off. Getting upset makes it that much harder to refocus when the interruption is over.

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