Working from home? Here are 7 tips to get you through the day

There’s a lot of uncertainty right now surrounding the Coronavirus and how long some of these restrictions that have been put into place to help keep us all safe will last. One of those things – working from home. For some, it might be familiar but for others, it could be a completely new territory.

Here are some tips to help jump-start your new work-from-home routine:

1. Keep up with your morning routine- get dressed.

Get up and ready like you would for your normal workday. If you get up, shower, and get dressed as you would for a regular day at the office, it’ll help get you in the right mindset to start the day and stay productive.

  • Don’t stay in your pjs
  • Men, shave your face like normal
  • Keep the mindset of “going” to work

2. Set up a designated work-space

Whether it’s the kitchen counter, an actual desk, or your couch and coffee table, deciding on one specific spot from where to work will help keep you task-oriented throughout an atypical workday.

  • Add a lamp or a plant to make your work-space feel more permanent
  • Snag the best chair from somewhere in your house
  • If you can use a mouse and mouse pad

3. Keep the kids occupied

Chances are that your kids are also home during this time. Give them school or house-hold assignments to do throughout the day. Check out these online resources to keep them busy:

Online resources to help your kids learn at home during COVID-19

4. Communicate

For some, isolation and loneliness are pretty big deals, especially for your mental health. Check in to see how your friends and others are doing outside of your work organization. Chances are, they’re in the same boat and could use words of encouragement. We’re in this together!

5. Don’t stop moving

You get up and walk around the office to go ask questions or just to take a breather. Don’t forget to stay healthy during this time at home.  Try at home exercising like yoga, stretching or short work-outs that get your blood flowing. YouTube is filled with just about any short workout you’re looking for.

6. Make a to-do list

And stick to it. It may be helpful to add times to each item. Don’t forget to take breaks, writing those down will help you keep track of them.

7. Know when to really “go home” for the day

Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean work has to stay with you the entire day. Knowing when to call it a day will help you prioritize what you need to do tomorrow to help keep that momentum up during the rest of the week. Go enjoy some restricted free time!

  • Set normal “work hours”
  • Turn off your computer or put it away when your day is over