5 Ways to Work from Home
In these unprecedented and uncertain times, it has become necessary for many to transition to working from home.
At this time, working from home can help our communities. But, it can also present a new set of personal and professional challenges. Fortunately, by implementing some strategies and tools, you can find working from home both productive and balanced.
- Set Up an Office Space: Create a specific space in your house in which you will work from home. Avoid places like the kitchen table or the couch to complete your work. For one, it’s easy to become distracted in these spaces. Secondly, in order to avoid a common work-from-home trap that makes it feel as though you never leave work, it’s important to be able to walk away from your office and focus on your home life.
- Invest in Tools: There are tools out there that can improve your productivity with others on your team while working remotely. While you’re typically part of a team, it’s important to be able to maintain that while working from home. Tools such as Zoom, Asana, Slack, and Google Hangouts can help you maintain effective communication and aid your productivity by assigning each group member specific tasks.
- Foster Community: Working remotely, especially when it’s something you’re not used to, can feel like you’re stuck on an island. Therefore, it’s important to foster community within your team to maintain connectivity at a time when we are being told to stay apart. Hold team meetings via Zoom or Google Hangout to get in some face time and check in with people while getting everyone on the same page.
- Create a Schedule: Like many, with business and school closures, you’re likely in a situation where you’re balancing a lot at home right now. A schedule not only helps you maintain productivity, but it also helps you maintain a work-life balance. You’ll be able to carve out time to complete your tasks without feeling overwhelmed by everything going on around you.
- Manage Expectations: If this is unchartered territory, it is important to manage expectations with those who will also be at home while you’re working and your employer. You will need to communicate with those in your space what you need in order to be productive to ensure you meet the expectations of your employer. Furthermore, be sure to communicate with your employer as well to stay on the same page and address challenges that may arise.
As always, be sure to give yourself breaks to reset your mind, get a little fresh air, and exercise. Doing so will not only help you feel better, but will also increase your productivity.
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