How to Make Working From Home Work For You
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, workers across the country are experiencing a “new normal.” In fact, 88% of companies have encouraged or required employees to work from home since the outbreak began. This shift in operations presents a unique challenge: Employees are working from home full-time, for the first time, while dealing with unprecedented social isolation.
Even without a worldwide health crisis, the transition from an in-office routine to working from home can be tricky. Now more than ever, it’s important to set yourself up for WFH success. These tips will fuel your motivation, boost productivity and, most importantly, keep you happy and healthy.
Establish a Morning Routine
A good morning routine can put you in the right head space for a productive day. Without a morning commute, you’ll need another way to trigger your mind into work-mode.
Keep this routine simple and accessible so you are more likely to repeat it every day. Get dressed, have a cup of coffee, go for a walk or read the news. Find what works for you and commit to the routine!
Designate a Workspace
Similar to a morning routine, a designated workspace can help you separate your work habits from your home habits and kick productivity into high gear. Now is the time to know thyself. Do you need full isolation to stay focused? If so, try to put your working area in a separate room, behind a closed door. If that’s not an option, explore other ways to create a productive space.
Whether it’s a fully organized desk or a clean part of your kitchen table and sound-proofing headphones, create a space that tells your brain it’s time to work without distraction.
Keep Healthy Fuel on Hand
With your office and kitchen just steps away from each other, (or possibly in the same room!) it’s easy to fall into one of two habits: Non-stop mindless eating or forgetting to eat entirely. Whichever you fall into, neither is good for your body or mind.
To keep on the right track, meal prep lunches for the week and keep healthy snacks on hand. Remember to designate time between Zoom calls and Slack chats to fuel your brain with a healthy meal. A good balance of carbs, healthy fats and protein can actually increase focus and give your brain a boost! So, don’t forget to take a pause for lunch. Your to-do list will thank you!
For when you need a little something in-between meals, or even a reward for crossing another task off your list, keep all-natural snacks on hand. SmartBox Express offers home delivery of healthy snacks, so you can skip the grocery store and stay safe at home! These snack boxes are filled with high-quality snack options, free from artificial ingredients. There are even themed boxes that cater to a variety of diets, like vegan, gluten-free or keto.
Make a to-do list and avoid distractions
When you work from home, be careful to separate your work obligations from your home obligations. Without a commute to separate you from that hamper of dirty laundry you’ve been meaning to get to, it’s easy to fall into an unproductive level of multi-tasking.
The best way to separate your work and home duties is with a simple to-do list! Start each workday with a clear idea of what you need to accomplish. By avoiding non-work tasks, you can keep your brain focused and complete tasks much more quickly. It may be tempting to multi-task, but it ultimately hurts your productivity!
Schedule a separate time to tidy your bedroom. If there are obligations around the house that demand your attention, set designated benchmarks in your work day to take a break and take care of them.
Just as you set boundaries for your workspace, set boundaries for your personal space too. Working from home is not synonymous with working around the clock.
Especially with Stay at Home orders and social distancing in place, it’s important to set aside time for your physical and mental health. Step away from the screen to take a walk, cook a new meal, try a home workout or take a relaxing bath.
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