Navigating the New Normal: Working from Home Tips
With the unprecedented challenges facing the business world today, we all are being forced to adjust to what has become “the new normal”. As someone who has been working from home for several years, I’d like to offer up some tips to help you stay productive while maintaining your sanity.
Dress for Success
While it may be tempting to roll out of bed, turn on your computer, and stay in your pajamas for the entire day, getting dressed is crucial for your productivity and mental health. You don’t have to get dressed as formally as you would to go to the office, however changing into something more proper signals to your brain that the day has started and it’s time to get things done. “It makes you feel human and confident and helps draw the line between being at work and being at home,” says Heather Yurovsky, Muse career coach. This step is especially important if you’ll be participating in video conferences, as you’ll want to give off a professional image.
Schedule Breaks, AND TAKE THEM
When working from home, it can be easy to get so wrapped up in what you’re doing that you find yourself tethered to your desk all day. However, for your own sanity, it’s crucial that you find time to step completely away from the screen and give your brain a break. While it can be hard, schedule time every day to take a break, and take it. This means no checking emails, no making a quick call, nothing. Completely disconnect, even for just 15 minutes. Doing so will allow you to mentally reset and come back refreshed.
Keep a Dedicated Office Space, or Two
In a perfect world, everyone would have a dedicated home office to work from where they can block out all distractions and focus solely on work. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. But although you may not have a traditional home office, you should try to find a space to make your own. Whether it a kitchen or dining room table, find a spot in your home that you can associate with work, then leave when you’re off the clock. Having this spot can also be useful as it signals to other members of your household that when you’re there, you’re working. Additionally, if possible, try and find an additional work spot. Having two work spaces will allow you to rotate during the day for a change of scenery. It may not seem like much, but a simple change of perspective can do wonders to break up the monotony of the day.
Stay in Touch with Colleagues
Working from home can be a lonely experience. Many people end up feeling like they’re on an island by themselves. That’s why it’s incredibly important that you stay in touch with your colleagues throughout the day. At Motorlease, we’re doing this in several ways. We have group chatrooms where employees can communicate with each other, and we also hold regular video chats, often with the entire company. These activities allow us to stay connected, even while apart. You must realize that even though you’re working from home, you’re still part of the team. Regular communication will help you remember that.