Wondering how to work from home effectively? Amongst the many changes the COVID pandemic has brought, working from home has affected a great number of us. I recently started my new job remotely and had to quickly adjust my ways of working. These are some tips I have found extremely helpful and made for a more productive day.
1. Get up early
One of the greatest benefits of working from home is not having to commute! However, waking up 10 minutes before you’re about to log on does not give your brain enough time to become fully activated. Instead, try waking up at whatever time you normally would if you had to commute. Use that time for something you enjoy! This is how you work from home the right way!
Here are some ideas:
- Go for a morning walk
- Read a chapter of a book
- Do some yoga
- Make a nice breakfast
2. Go through your normal morning routine
It might seem weird to say, but sometimes we need to “trick” our brains into being productive. Just because you can work in the clothes you slept in, or rock the bed-head look, doesn’t mean it’s the best thing for you. Going through your typical morning routine can really get you in the right mind-set to start working.
You don’t have to go full professional attire. I like to use a “2/3 Rule”: out of my make-up, clothes, or hair, I will pick at least 2 of them to get fully ready. Somedays, I’ll even do all of them!
3. Try to work outside of your bedroom
This one can be tricky, especially in a studio apartment or shared living space. Here’s the main goal: your sleeping space should be as disconnected as you can make it from your working space.
When you lay down to sleep at the end of the day, you want to be able to relax your brain. This is going to be extra difficult if the stressors from work are a step away from your bed.
If your space is confined, try setting up some sort of divider. Not only can they be super cute and decorative, but they can also help to physically separate your working space from your sleeping space.
4. Turn on your camera for meetings
Even if my colleagues don’t? Even if your colleagues don’t.
Turning on your camera makes you more attentive and focused in meetings. Not only that, but it allows us to connect with each other more than just talking to a little icon. Try it out a few times! None of these changes have to be permanent, but it’s good to test out different methods and see what boosts your productivity!
5. When you’re done, be D-O-N-E
Lastly, it’s super important to shut down when you’ve completed a day’s work. Now that our offices and home are more integrated, it’s harder to draw the line between personal and professional time spent.
To avoid burnout and stress, make sure you leave your workstation, just as you would leave the workplace. I’ve found it helps to go for a short walk to physically move my body and get out of “work mode”.
by Sara Beneke