Social isolation. Working from home. So many Zoom conferences.

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, these phrases are the day-to-day reality for countless employees working remotely around the world. 

As businesses scramble to find a balance between productivity and keeping their workers healthy, employees who are working from home find themselves struggling with a different question: How do you stay productive at home?

Here are FIVE pro-tips from the tSG team to stay healthy and happy when working remotely.

 

Tip 1: Do NOT Work from Bed, Set Up a Home Office.

Have you tried to stay productive in your bed? Next thing you know, your eyes are wandering. Oh, is that a book I’ve been meaning to read?

Working from home blurs the line between work and personal. There are countless articles on the pros and cons of working in your bed. However, most agree that segmenting different parts of your home is the most efficient way to maintain a healthy and productive balance.

Set up boundaries. Designate your bedroom as a space to relax, and if you set up a workspace, make sure you work there, and ONLY there. Over time, you can train your brain to stay alert and focused when at your home office. 

 

Tip 2: Routine, Routine, Routine.

In hectic times, maintaining a sense of normalcy is critical. Your work from home routine should mirror your normal workday as closely as possible. If you normally wake up at 7:30 eat breakfast, and commute to work, you should try to keep to that schedule as closely as possible. But because you aren’t commuting, take extra measures to ensure you wake up at your regular alarm. 

There is a proven science between mental health, productivity, and routine. Take some time to learn the best cycle for you at home, and then stick with it!

 

Tip 4: Communication is Key. For Real.

When you work from home, your inter-work communication becomes limited to a set number of channels. Running to a coworkers desk to confirm an assignment or read over an email draft is no longer possible.

While working from home, a miscommunication can exponentially take away from company efficiency more than working in-office. 

Right now, more than ever, it is essential to communicate with your coworkers as much as humanly possible. Make a point to check in with all of your teammates at the beginning, middle, and completion of every project you are working on together to make sure nothing is missed. When working remotely, one miscommunication takes significantly longer to fix than if you were in the office.

Also, it’s hard out here. Say hello and check-in as much as you can. Being alone all day is tough no matter who you are.

 

Tip 4: Take Breaks, Please.

When working from home, it’s easy to forget to take breaks. One of the biggest problems of working from home is feeling like you have to work, constantly. 

So many people feel pressure to make their work “show.” Whether it’s guilt or anxiety over working from home, no one wants their boss or co-workers to think they are slacking off.

But remember, your extra time is still your own. Don’t use your off hours to try and squeeze in more work. Think about what you usually do when you normally are commuting to work. Do you frantically answer emails, or do you listen to a podcast? Are you editing a client’s photo, or are you reading a book? 

Many people will work well beyond their limits during this time, and continue to work without recognizing the need for personal boundaries. Make a set schedule and stick to it.

 

Tip 5: Keep Things in Perspective.

Most likely, this is the first time everyone in your company has had to work from home for such an extended period of time.

There is going to be a learning curve. 

Don’t make things harder by expecting things to be smooth sailing. There are going to be countless challenges that you will have to face. But, don’t make things harder by trying to deal with them on your own. Use your teammates to deal with these challenges together. 

We are all in this together. Let’s hold each other up.

 

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