The coronavirus outbreak shows no signs of slowing down, and in many cases people are being forced to work from home. While some may see this as a huge disruption to their everyday lives, I choose to see the positive side of things, as this is forcing some to have to slow down, rest, and take more precautions. For some, this break means being able to do some things that they have been wanting to do, but may not have been able to do.
Personally, I am using some of my time to take care of some tasks for my business, writing, and planning for the weeks to come. I’m actually hoping to be able to get more done. However, I know that there can be many distractions when you are working from home, as it may not be the environment that you are familiar with.
For those working on their business, like me, or even work deliverables, I would like to offer the following tips to help you be productive, while working from home:
Create an environment conducive for productivity.
This may mean finding a quiet room or space within your home. You may want to set the room to a comfortable temperature or make sure that there is adequate lighting in the space, by opening the blinds or curtains. Personally, I plan to take some time while sitting on my deck to do some writing. If you need to use a computer or perhaps need to get some writing done, it may be best to sit at a desk. Try to avoid working from bed, as you will likely become sleepy.
Make a To-Do List
Sometimes it is best to make a list of all the items that you intend to accomplish for the day. I am a visual person, if I write it down and I see it, I am more apt to get more done. Muddling through the day and dealing with things as they come up, can cause you to be less productive. Be realistic about the things you can potentially get accomplished each day, but know that it is okay if you don’t get through the entire list
Set a schedule
Establish a start time, break periods and what time you’ll want to finish up your work tasks. This will keep you on track with your workload. If you have multiple things that you will work on during the day, it may be helpful to set the amount of time you will spend on each during the day. Having a timer also may not be a bad idea.
Don’t forget to take a break from working. Ideally, you should step away from your computer screen or from the actual space that you are working. Scrolling through Instagram or Facebook does not count as a break. Go for a quick walk, get some fresh air, grab a snack or refreshing drink, or even talk to a friend. Don’t stay away too long. A 15 minute break may be sufficient, if you are looking to get back to work.
As you navigate working from home, don’t let things stress you. Working in your own environment can be a great thing, if you set yourself up to be productive and work efficiently. Understand that there is a balance between work and tending to other necessary tasks around your home. Relax and enjoy your days!