These tips will make sure you get your work done on time when you're confined to your home.
Most businesses have started giving their employees the option to work remotely in an attempt to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus. This does help reduce the risk of infection, but for someone who is just so used to spending their time at work, this sudden change of scene is not going to be easy. Mirror reports that Emily Lakdawalla, author, speaker, and scientist, took to Twitter to ask people with experience working from home to share a few tricks of the trade. She wrote: Friends, there are going to be a lot of people newly working from home starting this week, and it will be a difficult transition for some. *IF AND ONLY IF you are experienced at working from home*, please reply with tips for working effectively & avoiding distractions!
Field geophysicist, disaster researcher, sci-fi science consultant, science writer, and public speaker Mika McKinnon shared: Set & stick to work hours. You can split hours morning/night with afternoon “off” or timeshift, but still have set hours or you’ll constantly get derailed. It’s easy to get distracted by the flexibility to take a social call, duck out for an errand, or procrastinate with chores. Now, you do have working hours at office, don't you? Exempting the travel time, it would help for you to stick to the general working hours so you get to finish your work efficiently, instead of slacking off.
McKinnon added: Pick a healthy reset & refocus task to get back on track. It can be a stretch break, walking around the block, sweeping the floors, having a mini dance party, showering, whatever as long as it’s short & defined. Otherwise, you’ll idle by snacking & browsing social media. It's quite easy to get distracted because you're in the comfort of your own home. Also, it's important to take a break. TAKE BREAKS! Just time them so they don’t eat your whole workday. It’s easy to feel like you’re “cheating” by taking a break when you’re outside formal structures, but if you try to sit 8hrs straight your brain will melt. Take the same duration of breaks you would in the office.
Sophia Gad-Nasr shared a few tips since she's a pro at working from home. I work from home most of the time anyway. My advice: •stay away from the TV •if your bed triggers nap mode, work in the living room. If not possible, fill room with LIGHT (natural, or desk lamp) •keep your phone on another desk and put on silent for the hours you plan to work. More tips (especially if you live with someone else): •wear headphones and listen to music to block out external noise •if music doesn't work for you, get earplugs! They're extremely useful •schedule work time! Set up times with your roommate for using the living room for work.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey from The Washington Post also shared some solid advice. She says it's okay to wear whatever you want. If you'd rather shower and change so that it gets you into that workspace, then that's fine. If you think you work better in pajamas, then that's great, too. If you'd prefer having a designated space at home to work efficiently, it's best to allocate one. Or if the bed works for you, why not? Just make sure you don't doze off. Hydrate! At work you have coffee breaks with your colleagues, so you drink tea or coffee, but at home, most people tend to skip that step. Make sure you hydrate at regular intervals.
The best thing about being at home is that you get to be flexible. As long as you meet your deadlines, it shouldn't really matter how or when you work. However, if you have kids at home, they might be stuck, too, because schools could be shut due to COVID-19. Keep them entertained, and make sure they don't make too much noise, especially if you have an important call to make. Just give them their space but also make sure they are caught up with their studies. Keep your sanity, pay attention to your hygiene as well as your families, and stay updated on information shared by legitimate sources and medical experts.