5 Ways to Be Productive While Working From Home

The threat of coronavirus has forced many companies to require working from home in an effort to comply with social distancing. While this is absolutely necessary to help flatten the curve of the virus, it might throw a wrench into your work routine if you’re used to heading to the office. So how do you make working from home effective for your business? We’ve got a few tips to help:

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1. Create a productive environment.

Create an environment that fits your needs. Do you need a quiet space to get things done? Does standing help you be more productive? Think of elements in the office that you rely on, and create those elements at home. Be sure to choose a dedicated space and avoid crashing on the couch with your laptop — which can often lead to an impromptu nap.

It can also help to declutter the space and remove distractions. Don’t set up your workspace near the fridge or in eyesight of the TV to help curb temptations.

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2. Stick to your routine.   

Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can slum it in your pajamas all day. That’s a one-way ticket to procrastination. Stick to your routine and get ready as if you were going to the office. Shower, get dressed, make breakfast, and set an intention for your day.

Your routine should also include your schedule. Establish a start and stop time, including lunch and short breaks, just as you would at the office.

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3. Use technology to stay connected.

If you’re used to the hustle and bustle of people in the office, working from home can feel pretty isolating. Stay connected with coworkers with the help of technology like Zoom, Skype, and Google Hangouts. You can also use programs like Slack or Google Chat to keep in touch.

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4. Set boundaries.

With schools closed and many companies urging employees to work from home, there are bound to be a few crowded houses. Set boundaries with your husband, wife, and kids so they are aware of your working hours. It doesn’t change, simply because you’re at home.

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5. Take a break.  

Working from home suits some people and is tough for others. Remember to give yourself some grace in the transition and take breaks when needed. Be cautious of social distancing, but go for a walk, get some fresh air, and rejuvenate.

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