The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way we work. Many of those not on the front lines have found themselves working from home (WFH). Learning how to adjust and adapt to this new world of social distancing and self-isolation while staying productive is challenging. As with every new challenge, there is also an opportunity for growth. This new work paradigm will allow for a fresh perspective and a new skill set. These tips will help you stay at the top of your game during these unprecedented times.
1. Designate Your Work Zone
Set up an area of your home to use as a work zone. If you don’t have a separate room, find a low traffic area away from the main area. Make this an area of quiet and solitude where you can concentrate. Working in this same space every day trains your brain that this is the place to get work done.
Make sure that your workspace is ergonomic. While working from the couch or bed may sound comfortable, typing on your laptop there for a long period of time could strain your back or neck. Stay away from musculoskeletal strain or injuries that will interfere with performance and productivity.
3. Prepare for the Day
Take the time to go about a normal morning routine, i.e. exercise, shower, breakfast. If you normally go to the gym, try walking or strength exercises instead. Following the same routine, each morning will help you prepare mentally for a day of productive work.
4. Set a Schedule
Instead of having a vague plan, create a daily work schedule and put it in writing. Post your schedule in a visible place. This is like a contract you make with yourself to follow through on your daily goals.
5. Use Video Conferencing
Have your company’s video conferencing application (i.e. Zoom, Skype, Teams, etc.) opened and ready to go so you can stay connected with team members and colleagues. Meet with your team virtually on a regular basis and share what has helped you to adjust to the new situation and stay productive.
6. Get Outside
Before or after work, get outside as much as possible to walk, exercise or garden. Spending time in nature lowers stress, helps you relax and clears your head. This helps to reset you for your next productive day working from home.
Working from home may not be what you had planned on, but you can make this a professionally productive and rewarding time. It may take some getting used to. Utilize these tips to help you adjust and stay focused. Soon you will be back at the top of your game and ready for the next challenge life sends your way.
Kathy Lin, Marketing Communications Manager
Kathy writes content for Tal Healthcare, a healthcare career website. She has a background in recruiting, sales, and teaching. She holds a BA in Biology from the University of Vermont. When she isn’t writing you can find her outside running, skiing or biking.