With our current COVID-19 situation, where it's possible, there are many, once office-based employees, that are starting to work from home. If you're new to the work-from-home lifestyle, we've compiled a shortlist of tips and tricks that will help you ease into working remotely.
Try to Maintain Consistent WFH hours - having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain healthy work, life balance.
Create a Morning Routine - A routine can be more powerful than a clock in helping you start your day. Get dressed in your best business attire if that helps. Make sure your workspace is organized and ready for you to be productive.
Set Boundaries and Ground Rules - Don't let your productivity suffer because of other people in your home (admittedly a challenging task to enforce, especially if you have little ones).
Schedule Breaks - It's easy to get desk-bound when working from home. Stretch whenever you can and step away for a walk when you need to. Both are great and help to naturally boost those essential endorphins.
Socialize with Colleagues - Loneliness, feeling disconnected, and isolation are common issues that face the remote worker. Use chat channels such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, Skype or FaceTime to keep in touch. Schedule a Zoom to check-in and see some smiling faces or get some much needed virtual encouragement.
Communicate - Make sure your teammates know your schedule and availability. Check-in often and let them know when you're taking your break, stepping out, or done for the day.
Be Positive - It feels better! Although challenging right now, try to maintain a positive outlook, it will not only help you, but it will help your coworkers!
Make Time for Self-Care - Meditation, yoga, and breathwork are great ways to take much needed moments for yourself.
Ask a Friend - Many of us know those who have worked from home for years. Ask them what their best practices and tips are. When all else fails you can at least share a good laugh at any pitfalls they have encountered.