In the face of a global pandemic, many businesses have given employees the opportunity to work from home if their job allows it. This may mean a paradigm shift in the way that we look at our workforce in general, and knowing how to kick-ass in a new environment is going to put you ahead of the curve. Here are a couple of things you can do to make the transition easier for you.
- Love Your Workstation – You don’t need to build an addition onto your house, but having a dedicated workspace will help you compartmentalize your work tasks with your home life. Working from the couch is a great way to get distracted. Pick somewhere with natural light and a view if you can. Set it up so it’s a professional-feeling space that speaks to you. If you can get excited about it, you’ll want to be more productive. While you’re at it, get the big comfy chair you’ve always wanted.
- Own Your Schedule – Plan your days in advance and figure out what you need to get done every morning before settling in. This might seem like something you’ve already done before, but until you adapt to the change, you might find yourself just winging it. Don’t sleep in or hit snooze. Eat breakfast and lunch at a consistent time, and your body will reward you with energy. Make lists of to-do’s that you can feel good about crossing off.
- Socialize, Smartly – Remember to check in with people periodically. Limit your social media intake, and instead focus on more meaningful conversations with people you care about. Check in with co-workers too! Use those video conferencing tools to the best of your ability.
- Eat Healthy – Eating healthy is easier in a workplace environment because we don’t have access to everything we normally do at home. You might want to tackle the jar of peanut butter with a spoon, but maybe put it on some celery instead.
- Get Exercise – Take little breaks where you stretch, or take a walk outside. Your mind will thank you.
By following these guidelines, you’ll be setting up yourself for success. The skills you acquire now will be something you can learn from and take with you moving forward. Stay safe out there, and remember there is light at the end of the tunnel!