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- COVID-19 has forced many of us to work from home for the very first time. Staying motivated and focused can be difficult with the distractions that home can bring.
- Keep a schedule, create a dedicated workspace, keep frequent communication with your teams, curb distractions, and take frequent breaks are ways to stay structured and productive.
- We are fortunate to have the technology that allows many to work from home with or without a global pandemic. This time can be an excellent opportunity to broaden our skill set and work more effectively.
Around the globe, companies have rolled out mandatory work from home policies since COVID-19 has reached "pandemic" status. For some, this means working from home for the first time. With the technology present today, many companies are able to pivot, offering employees this type of flexibility. However, with the distractions home can bring, many of us may struggle to stay focused on the tasks at hand. Here are some ideas you can do to help keep structure and deliver productive results from home.
1.Keep a schedule
For some, the idea of extra sleep and staying in their pajamas all day is a "working from home" fantasy. But maintaining a regular schedule that includes; waking up with your daily alarm, maintaining your morning routine, and getting dressed for the day, will improve your state of mind and mentally prepare you for work. Have some extra time since you're not commuting? You can use it to write out everything you plan to accomplish for the day.
2.Create a space and establish boundaries
Create an area dedicated to working. This can be a spare bedroom or just a corner of the kitchen table. Having a space devoted to work will reduce distractions and symbolize productivity. The same way that walking into your corporate office sets the expectation that it's "go time," so will sitting down at your home workspace. This space will benefit you further when you're finishing up for the day. Often when there is no dedicated workspace, it’s easier to let work bleed into the rest of your life. Work might make its way onto the couch during family time, or in bed with you and your partner. Having a dedicated workspace will help create those boundaries so it will be clear when it's time to "go to" work, and when it's time to "leave."
3.Communication is key
Last year a study of 2,500 remote workers found that loneliness was the second most reported challenge. While in an office, co-workers are generally near each other with accessible communication, so remote working creates an unfamiliar obstacle. Just like in an office environment, it is vital to maintain high levels of virtual communication and socialization with co-workers to help manage feelings of inclusion and increase motivation. Consider daily check-ins or morning coffee meetings to get the team on the same page and provide some "face-to-face" time.
Most people who use social media spend 3.6 hours per day on it. To keep yourself from wasting time on distracting pages or apps, you can use website blockers or set your phone so that all apps are on "downtime" during working hours. If your phone is not needed, keep it in a room outside of your dedicated working space. Another effective method is to put it in your schedule! If you have 30 minutes dedicated to social media at 4:30 pm, you might be less likely to feel pulled to it throughout the day.
We've all had those days where we look at the clock and realize 6 hours have gone by, and we haven't even stood up to use the bathroom. A growing body of evidence has found that taking frequent short breaks throughout the day might be more beneficial than long, infrequent breaks. Microbreaks provide small interruptions in your focus, improve your ability to concentrate, and reduce workplace stress. So, stand up, stretch, take a lap, practice deep breathing, or drink some water, it’s up to you. Break like your job depends on it.
Working from home comes with advantages and disadvantages. Many may find themselves easily distracted if their day does not have enough structure to it. Keeping the day structured not only allows for productive workdays but will also allow for more downtown at night for family time and self-care.
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