The coronavirus pandemic has forced many businesses to adapt to the social distancing regulations, with many opting to equip their employees with technology that will allow them to work from home rather than shut down entirely.
Working in a home environment is a significant adjustment for generations of workers who have spent most of their adult life in a busy work environment. Here are three tips which should help you adjust to your new work life.
1. Prioritize Your Tasks
Make a list of the most important tasks for the day. Prioritizing will help ensure you remain productive as well as guarantee that you will not miss or forget anything.
Once you get into the swing of working from home, making your list of tasks should be the last thing you do before finishing for the day, and the first thing you review when you sit back down at your desk the next morning.
2. Find a Quiet Work Area
Finding a comfortable and quiet place with little traffic is critical for avoiding distractions. It also allows you to separate business from your regular life and gives you a huge psychological advantage when it comes time to switch off from work and focus on your family or your personal life. Preferably, you should choose an area that has a door you can close.
Inform your family about the work area and be sure to let them know that when you are in there, you should not be disturbed unless it’s an emergency.
3. Keep Regular Work Hours
Make sure you work only during "regular hours." If you usually arrived at work at 9:00 am and worked through to 5:00 pm, then keep to the same schedule at home. This strategy will also help you maintain a stable work/life balance and assist with your family’s adjustment because they will know when you are working and when you are not.
You won't have to deal with a lengthy commute, so you may even end up having more time to yourself. You could adjust your schedule to start earlier and finish earlier, employer permitting, of course.
Working from home will be a challenge for people who crave the social interaction of their workplace, but these tips should help smooth the transition to working from home.