It’s been nearly a year since the pandemic hit the U.S., and many of us are still working from home. But that doesn’t mean we all have the hang of it yet. Working remotely poses many challenges, and we thought now was a good time to offer a refresher to help you better navigate the world of remote work. Here are our best tips for working from home.
Set Up a Workspace
Is your work spilling over into your personal life? We know working from bed is tempting, but it’s a better idea to set up a separate workspace for yourself at home. That way, you’ll have clear boundaries between your work space and home. When you’re at your workspace, that means it’s time for deep work, which brings us to our next point.
Structure Your Day
As an in-office worker, you’re usually expected to arrive at a certain time each day. This may not be the case with remote work, so you’ll need to structure your time efficiently. A simple way to do this is to plan your workdays in advance. Write out a to-do list each morning, and be sure to give yourself an end time, too. Otherwise, you run the risk of working nonstop.
This is one of the most important tips for working from home that we can share. Research shows that sunlight is vital to our mental well-being, and we know our moods have a profound effect on our productivity. Don’t coop yourself up in your apartment all day. Instead, take some breaks, even if you just spend a few minutes outside (weather permitting).
Talk To Others
Isolation has been a reality for many of us over the past year. The internet makes it easy to connect with others through a screen, though. Staying in touch will help you personally and professionally—some social interaction helps us feel motivated and connected. Don’t forget to give yourself some time to catch up with friends, family, and loved ones.
Breaks are also super important as a remote worker. You may enter a state of deep work or flow and find that hours have passed without any breaks. It’s great to be productive, but regular breaks need to be a part of your daily schedule. Research shows that breaks are necessary to restore motivation. Additionally, they increase creativity and productivity, among other benefits.
Move Your Body
Last on our list of tips for working from home is to get moving! Exercise increases dopamine and will help improve memory and concentration levels for greater productivity throughout the rest of your day.