One of the most difficult things about transitioning to working from home is establishing a new routine. In most cases, the routines that you maintain while on regular work schedules are impossible or unfeasible to continue during this period of staying at home, so you’re forced to be flexible and find new ones—but once you do, it’s easy to sustain productivity and mood. That’s why we’re sharing our top three tips to help you work from home more smoothly and successfully.
- Establish a Workspace
Just because you don’t have a home office doesn’t mean you can’t have an office at home. First, dedicate a specific area of your home, whether that’s a desk, a spare bedroom, or a certain seat at your dining table to be your office. Then go to that space at the beginning of the workday and leave it behind when your workday is over. Defining your workspace will help you focus on your to-do list while you’re in that space and help you avoid urges to turn on the TV or do chores during the workday. Also smart: If there are things you wouldn’t have at your desk at work, like your phone, try to keep those things out of your home workspace as well. The more like your office you can make it, the more productive you’ll be.
- Leave Your Alarm On
With no commute, the time it takes you to get from your bed to your desk has become significantly shorter. And while it’s fine to take advantage of this and push your wake-up time back a bit, choosing a new time for your alarm to go off every day during the workweek will help you establish a new morning routine. Having a routine that you follow in the morning before work helps put you in the right headspace to focus on the tasks you need to accomplish.
While on the other hand, dragging yourself out of bed ten minutes before your first conference call can hurt your productivity, performance and ability to concentrate.
- Don’t Forget to Move
Without utilizing public transportation, walking from the garage up to your office or even heading down the hall to the kitchen or lunch room, the number of steps you take each day while working from home is likely significantly lower than the number you take while working in the office. What’s more, limited movement during the day can make you feel sluggish and lethargic, so you’re less likely to go for a walk or push play on an exercise video when the workday is over. Instead, make a point of taking a stroll up and down your street (if you can do so safely) once or twice a day, do ten pushups or twenty squats every time you finish an assignment, or simply stand up for a few minutes every hour. You’ll be more energized, more focused and feeling better on a daily basis. And if you happen to live in a P4LF community, joining our virtual classes is another great way to get your body moving.