Given the current situation with the pandemic, many businesses and organizations have transitioned to working remotely. Working from home can be difficult to adapt to, especially with all of the distractions around you. So we’ve done some brainstorming as a team to provide tips on how to keep positive, be productive, and maintain work-life balance while working from home.
Establish Work-Life Boundaries
One of the main distractions of working from home is all of your personal stuff being within close reach. It’s so tempting to pick up that book you’ve been reading, continuously search the fridge or pantry for some yummy snacks, or lay in that comfy bed of yours. This is where you need to draw the line and define work-life boundaries.
We recommend creating an office space, one that doesn’t contain all of these personal distractions. Change the lighting in this room/space to be bright, like it normally is in an office setting. Avoid working from the couch (unless of course you are most productive there). Consider setting up different logins on your computer… Create one for work and one for personal. Adhere to a regular work day schedule and avoid always being online.
Maintaining regular hours is really important. Set a schedule and stick to it...well for the most part. I find having a set time to "log off" and "log on" has been really important. It's awesome how flexible working remotely can be though, so if I work late one day I will make sure to sleep in the next day or leave a little early on Friday.Aly ByerlyProject Manager
Prioritize Healthy Habits
Don’t let the daily grind get in the way of taking breaks, eating meals, or enjoying a cup of tea. Consider stepping away from the screen while taking breaks or eating lunch. Without a formal commute to work or back home, exercise can seem nonexistent.
With that being said, incorporate exercise into your work day. Whether it’s during your quick breaks or lunch time, it’s important to get your body up and moving often. This is a great way to restore energy and come back to work feeling refreshed and more motivated.
Walk regularly. Now with the national lockdown underway, you should only be outside for essentials and exercise. Take advantage by exploring a new neighborhood, turn left down a street you normally turn right, and enjoy this time to decompress. Switch between headphones/audio book and silence, to toggle between education and meditation.Shane MichaelCEO
Designate Focus Blocks
If you’re struggling while working on projects, carve out some time each day to work on certain tasks. This will help break up your day a little more so it doesn’t feel like you’ve been working on that one, dreaded task all day.
I structure my day/time into different block segments so I don't get too burned out with one repetitive task all day.Justin CrawfordSales Manager
Consider appearing offline on Slack or whatever chat platform you use to get stuff done. Or just let your coworkers know that you’re busy and need some time without constant notifications to complete your high priority projects.
Organize Your Space
If you’re working in a cluttered area, it’s common to become distracted. Clean up the space around you. This includes your desk, the room you’re working in, and all of those files sitting on your desktop. This is so important that there is actually a national holiday for this: National Clean Off Your Desk Day (the second Monday of January each year, you know, in case you were wondering).
A disorganized space = a disorganized mind. I find that I am much more productive when the area surrounding me and the files on my computer are neat and tidy. I make sure to reorganize my space often as things start to become cluttered quick.Cassidy CandelariaLead Creative & Brand Manager
We hope these tips are helpful and that you can come up with a plan that works best for you. Experiment with different things to see what keeps you motivated.
Do you have great tips for working remotely? Share them in the comments below!