Updated: Apr 27, 2020
Recent events have pushed a lot of America’s workforce out of the office and subsequently out of its comfort zone. While working from home may not be the most comfortable situation, here are a few tips that might make this work-from-home period a little bit easier.
How to set up your remote “office”:
The first and most important step is to designate an area that is just for working. This will be an area that is as distraction-free as possible and can offer a reasonable alternative to your office desk. If possible, don’t set this area up in your bedroom. It is easier for you to separate work and relaxation if the areas are not shared.
It may be beneficial to arrange/organize your home desk similar to your office desk. A similar set up may help keep your brain as focused and productive as it is in the office.
Make sure you have all the resources you need, including hardware and software. There are a number of popular conferencing platforms that are popular right now such as Zoom and GoTo Meeting. While all of these options have a “dial-in” feature for your phone, don’t underestimate the power of a headset. A headset will provide superior audio quality, which is more professional and much less distracting than phone audio.
How to work efficiently from home:
Stick to your normal routine. Although you may be going days without seeing anyone, showering and getting dressed before work is still essential. This will get your body ready to head to work, even if your work is now just down the hall. Don’t forget your morning cup of coffee!
Don’t try to multi-task at home. It is tempting to try to do housework during the day, but keeping your mind focused on work will help you stay productive.
Expect interruptions. With everyone working at home right now, interruptions are bound to happen. Expecting interruptions will help you remain calm when they happen so you can get back to work quickly.
Hopefully, these tips will help you stay productive and efficient during this unprecedented time.