Social distancing has led to many people working from home. Many people associate their home with a place to unwind and relax at the end of the day. Transforming your home into a workplace might pose some difficulties. Here are some tips to help:
- Have a designated work space: While its tempting to work from bed, this might make you tired as you associate your bed with sleep. Even if you have a small home, try to find a specific spot to work.
- Minimize distractions: Leave any distractions, like your phone, in another room. Do chores, like washing dishes or clothes, before or after work. While it may feel productive to do this during work hours, it may be a form of procrastination.
- Make lists: Every morning make a list of tasks you need to complete. Check the tasks off throughout the day. Consider using a timer for tasks. Work in 20-30 minute increments and take 5 minute breaks in between.
- Be understanding: Don’t set unachievable expectations for yourself. Working from home during the Coronavirus has a unique set of circumstances. Many people need to take care of their children, for example. If you aren’t being as productive as you want to be, don’t be too hard on yourself. Think of what you can control and what you can change to optimize your routine.