Although we thought this period is going to be shorter than we initially expected, the facts prove us a totally different reality. While the coronavirus is spreading around the world, we are forced to spend time indoors more than we ever thought possible and adjust our priorities and work schedule accordingly.
First of all, in these uncertain times, you are lucky you still have a job to pay your bills. Many have been left without an income and the statistics show only alarming data: many industries are struggling to keep up with the crisis while only a few manage to succeed. So if you’re one of those who need to work from home, then read on to see what you can do to do your job properly and how you can emotionally adjust to the new situation.
How To Adjust To Working From Home
Clean your home office
Even if you are a first-time remote worker, you can learn how to manage your time effortlessly from the first day. Create a space to call your office and eliminate all unnecessary items that might distract your attention. A clean and tidy workspace is the key to stay focused on the tasks and even finish the job earlier than your colleagues.
Start work earlier
Now that you don’t have to commute between your home and the office building, starting work earlier can be a good idea if you want to get ahead the day with your tasks or take a longer lunch break. You will be able to plan the day ahead and double-check the tasks for the day before starting to work. Starting earlier will allow you to navigate slower among each task and pay more attention to details since you’re not in a rush.
Act as if you were at the office
Wake up early, take your breakfast and put on some confident clothes or even make-up or perfume. Even if nobody sees you, by doing so you send a clear message to your brain that it’s time to get to work. And you might feel more confident in your abilities knowing that you work having a professional etiquette.
Plan your day as you would normally do
When working from home, you are your own manager, so pay attention to scheduled daily tasks or meetings that need to be attended. If there’s nobody to check over your shoulder, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to work hard to achieve your goals. Use calendars like Google calendar or an activity planner application to set events and tasks. Consult the calendar often and stick to the plan.
Work when you are the most productive
You probably are more productive at some hours better than others, so take advantage of this time and do the most important task at that time. If you know you can focus better during the morning hours, grab a cup of coffee and start working on that demanding project you have unfolding at the office.
It’s important to stay focused on your work, but don’t forget to keep your Skype connected so you’re available for colleagues and your managers for those so much needed video meetings. You don’t want to let them waiting when there might be an urgent matter that needs to be addressed immediately.
Put on some music
Now that you have your home office and no one else is in the room, you can put on some music to help you advance with the work. Unless you are one of those people who like to work in total silence, you can choose what kind of music motivates you the most and use it to finish each project you have on the list.
Take short breaks and set an alarm for the end of the working day
Although you might be inclined to dive into the work and forget about taking breaks, they are as important as keeping your focus. Stand up and walk a few steps in the room, stretch your bones and take a few deep breaths. And remember, the work at home schedule has an ending, too. Set an alarm to remind you the working schedule is coming to an end and shut down your computer when you’re done. You need rest and recharge for a brand new day.
Conclusion and encouragement
Working from home doesn’t have to be hard, but it can be challenging for many unless you learn to adapt and innovate your working process so that it matches the current requirements. And who knows, many of us will probably consider working from home more often if the company will allow us. And taking into consideration the advantages of working from home, why not after all?