Working From Home During a Pandemic
Has the COVID-19 pandemic found you suddenly working from home? Although you may have fantasized about working from home often, actually making that a reality, literally overnight, can be a bit jarring. In order to successfully work from home, you should put into practice what home-based employees have been doing for years. Let's look at the top 3 things to remember when working from home.
Manage Your Time
You will be very tempted to think of this as a sort of mini-vacation. Stop this thinking in its tracks. You still have a job to do. You should still have regular work hours. In fact, if you already had a regular work schedule in place, do not change this. When it's time to work, work. When it's time to set work aside, set it aside. If you let work time bleed into your leisure time, you will find your productivity dropping dramatically.
Manage Your Space
One thing that work from home employees have discovered is that when you allow your workspace and your leisure space to co-exist it greatly affects productivity. For this reason, many people refuse to work from the couch, or even from a room which is associated with relaxing and leisure. If you do not have the luxury of a home office, at least designate a space for work in your home which is different from other spaces. You may need to get creative with this, but as much as possible designate a space and reserve it for work.
Manage Your People
We are not talking about your co-workers, but rather we are talking about any people you share your house with. During this pandemic, it is likely that your housemates, whether they are roommates, spouses, children or relatives, are also being stuck at home with you. This will be the most challenging aspect of your work at home experience. Make a stern boundary concerning your work. If your housemates feel that you are accessible to them during work hours then they will infringe on the boundary. You are not accessible except for emergencies, just as if you were at work physically.
Regardless of whether you fall in love with working at home or you can't wait to get back to the office, these tips will help you through this time of change.