How to Work From Home Like a Pro
During this pandemic, there’s a good chance that you just started working from home. If you’ve never worked from home before, this transition might feel a little bit weird. As such, it might be hard to stay productive. Along with your family and/or roommates, you have all of your home’s distractions that can keep you from your work.
There are things you can do to stay productive, and avoid distractions. Remember, this pandemic is going to end, and you want to prove to your employer that you are just as much of an asset at home as you are in the office.
Don’t Drop Your Day-to-Day Standards And Routine
Since you are working from home, you no longer have to worry about the commute to work. This means you can sleep-in a bit longer. However, you shouldn’t drop your normal routine entirely. The pandemic will eventually end and you will eventually go back to your normal routine. As a result, if you change your routine, it will be hard to go back to it once the pandemic is over. Don’t sleep in to excess, and don’t drop your morning routine.
Furthermore, don’t drop your standards too much for how you dress and present yourself. Shower and shave just as frequently as you did before. Also, just because you can work in your pajamas doesn’t mean that you should. First, you need to make sure that you look presentable for video-conference calls. You don’t want your coworkers to see you in your Scooby-Doo pajamas or your bathrobe. Studies also show that dressing properly for work makes you more efficient.
If you typically wear a suit to work, you obviously don’t need to wear a suit in your home every day. However, you should dress nice enough so that you look presentable, but are still comfortable.
Choose Your Working Area Wisely
When you heard you were going to be working from home, you probably immediately imagined yourself on your couch with your laptop typing with your right hand and surfing Netflix with your left. This is not a good idea.
Sure, some of us can stay productive while the TV plays in the background, but this isn’t the case for all of us. Also, if you sit in your couch you are much more likely to fall asleep and have an unexpected midday nap. If you have an office at your home, that might be your best bet. If not, the kitchen or dining room table is fair game as well.
Make sure wherever you work is both quiet and private enough for you. If you are going to be in video-conference meetings, your coworkers don’t want to hear “Tiger King” on Netflix in the background, or see your kids running around like crazy.
Discuss Your Work Needs With Your Family/Roommates
Even though you are at home, you are still on the clock. Just because you are home it doesn’t mean that you can goof around with your family and roommates during working hours.
Before you start working, let your family and roommates know how long you will be working, and that you cannot be disturbed unless it is an emergency. There’s a good chance that someone else in your home will also be working, so make sure that the two of you can both do your jobs to the best of your abilities without getting in each other’s way.
Make Your Work Space Your Own
Your home is filled with distractions and temptations that can keep you from getting your work done. However, there are things at home that can make for a happier and even a more productive work environment.
Since you currently don’t have any desk mates or nearby coworkers, you can play some music while you work. You can also stock your area with all of your favorite snacks and refreshments
If you have a cat or a dog, feel free to invite them into your office to give you some company. You might get lonely or stir crazy by yourself, and studies show that animals in the workplace can help reduce stress and up office morale!
Let Your Employer Know Your Needs
Since you are stuck at home, you probably have a lot more at-home responsibilities that take up your time. Laundry might be piling up, you need to shop for groceries, you need to cook more, and you need to clean more. As a result, your normal hours of operation might not be feasible any longer.
Let your boss know what times are going to work for you and if your schedule can be flexible. The worst they can do is say “no.” If they do say “no,” figure out how you schedule your at-home responsibilities around your work schedule. Maybe you can spend your breaks switching out the laundry loads or throwing some chicken in the crockpot.
If you can adjust your hours, you can work later, and go to the grocery store or do some cleaning during the day!
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