With millions of Americans working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, a new set of challenges have arised, like homeschooling your kids while managing a zoom call all at once. For a lot of us this is uncharted territory and it can be a stressful and scary time. Although some of you may be complete pros by now, some of us are still adjusting to the new normal. Here are a few tips to make working from home work for you:
Have a dedicated work space
Having a designated physical workspace at home will help you turn on your work-first mindset and help you disconnect when you are done. Look for a room or corner that is private and comfortable with minimal distractions.
Create a morning routine
Wake up at the same time every day. Set a work schedule for yourself and stick to it. Working from home means you can skip your commute and you don’t have to wake up extra early just to sit in traffic. Use this time to plan your day, make a healthy breakfast, or do a quick workout.
Working from home can be stressful at times, especially if your children are at home with you. It’s easy to forget to take break. Try to schedule short breaks throughout your day, like going on walks to get your mind off work. Don't forget to look away from your screen every 30 minutes to give your eyes some rest!
Work around distractions
It’s important to plan around the things that can distract you from being productive. Keep yourself away from the noise, if this is not possible you may need to invest in noise cancelling headphones. Lastly decide on meals and snacks the night before by meal prepping just like you would when you were going to the office, this includes packing snacks for you and the kids. Keeping your fridge stocked will save you from a “there’s nothing to eat” scenario.