Due to the very deadly coronavirus, many Americans have been forced to “work at home” in the last few months. Although this change may seem temporary, many companies are looking to possibly make the “work from home” system a reality. When the coronavirus quarantine first surfaced back in February/March, companies and their employees were forced to drastically change their way of working. Over the past few months, many companies have found benefits from working at home. This “temporary” change could turn into reality for many Americans in the future.
Over this period of time, employees have had to adapt very quickly to the rapidly moving change. For some this transition has been extremely easy. Some might even prefer this new change. However, for others, this new way of working might be very tough for them especially if they were used to going into an office daily. Luckily, I have put together a list of six things that will increase productivity and success in working remotely.
Wake Up Early.
I know what you are thinking… “is this guy serious with this one?” I know, I know, it may seem weird at first. But just keep reading. To start your day, working from home, you cannot just roll out of bed. If you do this, your productivity will plummet. Waking up early is one of the most important things to succeed in the “working from home” environment.
Now that you are not driving or taking the train to work, you have more free time. Take advantage of this time. Get in a workout to set you up right for the day. Spend some time doing yoga to relax before all of the craziness starts. Even spend some time eating breakfast instead of running out the door. Waking up early can get you ready mentally and physically for your day. Therefore, your productivity is increased.
Do Not Stay in Bed.
This piece of advice links to the previous one. Do not stay in bed. I repeat, do not stay in bed. I know that many of you think that working from home means that you can just stay in bed all day.
Moving around your home in the morning can be the best thing for a person’s success and productivity. As stated before, take advantage of the time that you have in the mornings. Waking up right before you log on can be destructive. Although you are up and ready physically, your brain is still asleep.
Write Things Down Digitally.
During this whole “working from home” process, I have learned many things. One of those things is to always write your progress, time spent, projects, and more, digitally. Personally, I use the free Google Sheets and Google Docs to do this. This is an organized way to keep your tasks and accomplishments in line.
You might not realize this at first, but completing this task daily can improve both your productivity and confidence. When you look at the things you have accomplished for that day, you will more than likely be further motivated to keep going. This is so important.
Breaks, Breaks, and More Breaks.
This piece of advice will more than likely be a “fan favorite” for most readers. Breaks increase productivity. Go for a quick walk. Go on your phone for 20 minutes. Breaks help you to be your best self in the “work from home” environment.
Keep Your Phone Nearby.
Keeping your phone nearby is a very important piece of advice. Your phone is your sanity. It keeps you connected to the world, in its entirety. During your breaks, you can use your phone to explore the web and even read some articles. This helps to divide the day and keep you from working for too long at a given time. Your phone also helps you to connect quickly with colleagues during the day. Having your phone nearby during your day is never a bad thing to do.
Do Not be Hard on Yourself.
This piece of advice, I believe, is the one with the most value. During this unprecedented time, everyone is adjusting to the “new normal”. Everyone handles things differently. Some will adjust perfectly. And others not so much. Just remember to not beat yourself up if you do not adjust quickly. It is perfectly normal.
Hopefully, this article helps you be a little more confident in yourself as you continue to work at home. Just remember to follow these steps to ease the transition to our new normal.