The appearance of the new coronavirus is changing the lives of many people around the world. The outbreak of the disease that has already killed more than 7,000 people on the planet and infected hundreds of thousands caused several governments to take drastic measures to prevent its spread. Due to this pandemic, people have taken Work From Home quite seriously but are still struggling with the dreadful routine.
Among them are restrictions on the movement of people and the request that they stay in their homes. For this reason, thousands of people are likely to work for the first time from their homes doing what is called remote work.
5 tips for working from home during quarantine (and not failing)
Useful tips and tricks if you have to work from home due to the new coronavirus crisis. What is the best way to be efficient and keep your spirits up?
Here are five tips to work from home during the coronavirus quarantine and not fail.
1. Get dressed!
For some people, being in their pajamas all day is the most tempting aspect of working from home. But bathing and dressing will not only improve your mental state, it will psychologically prepare you to start working, says an article by BBC business journalists Eleanor Lawrie and Sara Parry.
The style of clothing you wear to work depends on the type of person you are and the nature of the job you have. Some people find that dressing formally is helpful and appropriate if they need to make video calls.
But for many others, dressing up to go to the workplace is also being forced to bathe and change the clothes they associate with sleep and rest, even if it means just wearing a clean T-shirt or jeans. Likewise, changing your work clothes when business hours are over – even if you’re at home – helps your brain understand that the day is over.
2. Set limits
If you work for a company, you probably have set working hours, and it’s important to stick to them when you’re working from home. Start your day at the same time that you would normally arrive at the office or workplace, and end your day at the same time. Go to bed at a reasonable time to get enough sleep and then wake up at the usual time.
If you have space, reserve a specific and separate area in your home where you can settle in, ideally with a desk and chair similar to your workplace. You should adjust a chair to be able to use the keyboard with your wrists and forearms straight and level with the floor. If there are other people in the house, it is essential to find a space where they will not disturb you. It’s also important not to “overact” because you’re eager to work from home.
Many people tend to over-communicate when they work from home, either wanting to be ‘seen’ to ensure that people know what they are doing. That is fine, but don’t overdo it.
3. Get out of the house (if you are not self-isolated)
Working from home shouldn’t mean you stay locked up in it all day, come out at least once, if you can. Changing air helps undo mental blocks and will give you a new set of eyes for whatever task you’re doing. If you can’t go out, you could even bring the office vibe to the home.
I like the hustle and bustle around people, so I use sound to help create a little bit of that atmosphere. Use an app that plays background sounds, like a train moving along the tracks, or a coffee shop conversation.
4. Talk on the phone
When you’re at work, you’re more likely to interact with colleagues, but when you work from home, you can spend the entire day without talking to someone. Take time to pick up the phone and have a real conversation, instead of doing everything with email and instant messaging. More and more people use email instead of picking up the phone and talking to colleagues and contacts.
When you spend the day working on your own, calling people and having a conversation, it can be much more stimulating and productive than an email chain.
5. Take regular breaks
It’s good to have a routine when you work from home, but work shouldn’t become monotonous. You should not remain glued to the computer screen all day. It’s important to take regular breaks, get up from your desk, and move around like you would in an office.
Scientific studies found that short breaks during the day are more beneficial than less frequent but longer breaks. It is important to stand up, stretch, move, and even take a short walk to take a break from work and the screen. Being locked up non-stop for a break can mean that your productivity levels drop that you tire more and are less motivated to complete what you’re working on.