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10 Tips for Working From Home

by Kenyana Ejiogu

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In light of COVID-19 more people than usual are working remotely. Most people travel to a different location for work making it difficult to transition into working from home. The best way to work from home is to everything you would normally do when working from the office. Here are 10 tips to help you successfully and effectively work from home.

  1. Morning Routine
  2. Dress to Impress
  3. Designated Space
  4. Stick to a schedule
  5. Separation
  6. Interact with co-workers
  7. Take breaks and lunch breaks
  8. Leave the home “office”
  9. Self-care
  10. Keep an Open Mind
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Morning Routine: Having a routine will keep you motivated. The same way you prep yourself in the morning before you go into the office is the same way to start off your workdays from home. Consistency is key.

Dress to Impress: It’s hard to get into work mode while working in the pj’s you’ve been wearing for the past week. They say if you look good, you’ll feel good. If you look good while you work, it’s a guarantee that you’ll work even better.

Designated Spaces: In the office there are designated spaces for doing your work and taking breaks. Find an escape in your home that can be specifically used as a workspace. Also, make a space to take a break and have lunch. If possible, take some time to have a moment of fresh air. Either on the balcony, in your backyard, around the neighborhood or a trip to the park. (if you are leaving the comfort of your home remember to practice social distancing)

Make a Schedule: The purpose of having a schedule is not only to keep track of your daily tasks. But it’s a form of motivation. Every time you cross something off your to-do list or schedule it can help you feel accomplished.

Separation: Working from home might be difficult when you are sharing your workspace with your children or partner. It’s important to set a boundary in order to make sure you can work effectively from home.

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Interact with Coworkers: It’s hard to get into work mode if you are used to interacting with people on a daily basis. Take the initiative to start a group message with your work buddies to check in on each other. Schedule group FaceTime’s or download Zoom for meetings. Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you cease communication with the outside world. Lastly, keep an open line of communication. Make sure your email, cellphone, or other modes of communication are open during your work hours.

What happens at the office, Stays at the office: One of the most important things parts of working from home is to be able to separate your office life from your home life. You don’t want to burn out. When your workday is over, make sure you mentally clock out, to preserve your energy for the next day.

Self-care: Taking care of yourself means knowing when not to work. Just because you are working from home doesn’t exempt you from taking a sick day. Or a mental health day. Being inside more than usual can begin to take a mental toll mentally and lead to feeling unmotivated.

Keep an Open Mind: Working from home will not be exactly like working from the office but, try to keep an open mind. There are a lot of benefits from working in the comfort of your own home. But following these tips you’ll be able to try to make the best out of a temporary situation.