It’s no secret that the new normal of how we are all working these days have changed due to the coronavirus pandemic and practicing social distancing. Love it or hate it, the crisis is making companies and employees increasingly more comfortable about working from home or out of the office. Millions of workers are adjusting to the new meaning of work-life balance. 

Working from home, while an adjustment, can be a joyful and productive experience. Productivity does not have to plummet or take a back seat. Here are some simple yet effective steps you can incorporate today to adopt immediately and get back to work. 

1. Get Dressed 
As tempting as it is to work in pajamas or sweats, get dressed as you were going into the office. Granted, you don’t need to dress as formally as you would, but nonetheless, dress business casual, brush your hair, and put on makeup. It is important to keep “business as usual” during this crisis. 

2. Dedicate a Workspace

Designate a specific area in your house for work. This will make it easier to stay focused and separate your work life from your home life. Find a spot that offers as much privacy as possible. 

3. Create a Comfortable Environment

The right equipment goes a long way. This includes having a computer that meets your needs, a desk, an ergonomic chair, office supplies, and plenty of light. Make your workspace as comfortable as possible. 

4. Set Clear Boundaries

If you want to maintain maximum productivity, you need to be able to work without distractions. This can be difficult for new remote workers. If you have family or loved ones in close quarters, they need to know the times when you can’t be disturbed.

5. Keep a Consistent Routine

Humans thrive on structure. For most people, morning is the best time to work, so try to wake up at the same time every day and get difficult tasks completed early. Find a routine that works for you and stick to it.

6. Stay Connected 

Tools like Skype, Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom will help you stay connected and fight feelings of isolation. Maintaining connections while working from home enhances team unity and productivity. 

7. Take Breaks

It’s easy to lose track of time when working remotely. Taking breaks will help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle your to-do list. Make sure to step away from the computer occasionally. Consider using the Pomodoro Technique. It’s a time management method that helps you set up scheduled breaks throughout the day and can be used for any task. Breaking up the day and moving around increases your productivity when you return to work.

8. Share Your Progress

Remote workers need to be proactive and consistently share their project progress with colleagues and managers. Project management tools and email can help you share your progress daily and keep others informed.

9. Be Responsive

Promptly return emails, calls, and voice mails. People can be more time aware when working remotely. Communicate expectations and timelines for replies.

10. Ask for Help

Be aware of your mindset and any anxiety you may be feeling during this time. Make sure to ask for help to talk to someone you trust. We are all in this together and there is no shame in asking for help. 

Supporting you in your success,

Coach Cheryl