With COVID-19 on the rise, and depending on what kind of work you do, you may need to prepare to work remotely. If you are reading this, chances are your company may have sent everyone home to work remotely, or you recently tested positive for the virus and you’re currently at home wondering how you’re going to get your work done for the next 2 weeks. Don’t worry, we gathered the best tips for working remotely in this week’s blog!
Designate A Workspace
Don’t look at this as an opportunity to lay in bed with your computer to do your work. Your bed is for sleeping. If you have a spare bedroom, claim that as your new office, or you can set up shop at your kitchen table. If you are required to attend video call meetings, work somewhere with a suitable background. For an extra boost in productivity, work near a window for some natural light.
Set Boundaries and Limit Distractions
If you are working from home, and your family is limited to the same four walls, make sure they understand that just because you are home does not mean you are free. Ensure that your spouse and children do not interrupt you during work hours, especially if you are in any video or phone call meetings. Keep pets out of the room or area and have the TV off or on a low volume.
Maintain A Consistent Routine
Just like you would during your workweek, wake up and go to bed within the same timeframe. If you normally have coffee and/or breakfast before you go to work, do the same thing before starting work at home. If you normally get a lot of work done in the morning at work, get bigger projects done in the morning at home too. Give yourself a lunch break, and 15-minute breaks at least every 2 hours as well.
Make sure you are doing everything that is expected of you from your supervisors. In most circumstances, you are not going to be able to do everything from home but make sure you are prioritizing what you can do. Out of sight and out of mind can become a real challenge when working from home, so maintain communication with your supervisors and coworkers regularly to make sure you are doing everything you can.
If you are staying home because you tested positive for COVID-19, your health should come before everything else. Make sure you are getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of fluids, and taking medications as needed. Do not let working remotely stress you out more than working at the office, that is not what it is meant to do. Focus on getting better, that way you’re ready to go back to the office when that time comes.
Embrace getting this time to be in the comfort of your home and having the opportunity to spend more time with your family. In times like these, it’s important to hold your loved ones close. If you do not work remotely, wear your mask, keep your surfaces clean, and maintain social distancing as much as possible!
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