It has officially been a full month of working from home due to COVID-19. While we greatly miss seeing our coworkers at the office and attending in-person meetings with clients, we have used this time to adjust to the “new-normal” and develop good habits while we are working from our homes.
One important component to working from home is finding your perfect new space to work. Keeping an organized space away from distractions is key! You’ll see a few of our team’s remote offices below.
We’ve also put together a few tips that have made adapting to the working from home transition a little easier. Read on to learn more about these tips that you can incorporate into your #WFH routine!
Develop a morning routine that you look forward to! Each morning, I make an effort to get up an hour before I start working to enjoy my coffee and mentally prepare for the workday. It’s nice to not have to immediately start working when the alarm goes off.
Be sure to take short breaks throughout the day. When I am feeling depleted creatively, I like to do a short 15-minute walk around the block or a quick 10-minute video workout. Everyone needs a recharge!
Find a refreshing beverage. My roommate has started making “spa water” – aka water infused with fresh fruits and veggies – every afternoon. I look forward to it every day and it helps keep me away from the gallon of Goldfish.
Working from home can come with many distractions, so I’ve found it helpful to stick to a routine that’s as close to my pre-COVID-19 days as possible. Having a schedule gives me a sense of normalcy during this uncertain time.
Set a timer reminding yourself to take periodic breaks. Grab a snack, doodle, walk your dog. Doing quick 3-min meditations on Headspace helps me release tension and refocus on work.
Be it a slow internet, standing in line to pick up prescriptions, or wiping down all of our groceries—everything in life is just taking much longer to accomplish. Don’t judge yourself if you seem unable to produce the same level of output. These are strange days and each of us is dealing with new challenges physically, financially and mentally. Set realistic goals for each day, communicate with your team, and breath.
Find alternative ways to communicate with your coworkers. While we are normally in the office together, we are used to discussing projects and asking each other questions multiple times throughout the day. While it can seem a little isolating working at home instead of desks right across from each other, there are tools to make quick communication easy. Send instant messages periodically, check in via text, or simply give someone a quick call! Communication is key, even when we are no longer working in the same physical space.
Pick a place in your living space that won’t distract you when you’re working, and try to keep a regular schedule as if you were going into the office. Don’t start and stop work at all different hours every day!
I don’t do the working in PJs or sweatpants thing – I need to feel like I am at work and part of that is looking professional (at least casual Friday level) – especially in case of an unexpected video call.
I take my lunch away from my desk – it’s good to have a few minutes away from work – even when it’s at home – to refresh with a change of scenery and no email alerts.
I open all the windows I can – natural light and fresh air helps keep me happy!
Check in regularly on your co-workers and see how they’re doing. This will help you have a more thoughtful perspective and could change how you approach certain tasks and situations.
My WFH tip is about to do lists. I have always loved making action item lists at work, but now I find it even more important to keep me focused and on task for both home and work items. Every night, I write out my to-dos for the next day. I start on post-it notes to capture all the tasks, then enter them into my planner in two columns, one for work and one for home, and in priority order. If something doesn’t get done, it’s incorporated into the next day’s list; usually it falls at the top unless it is something I’d like to do, but don’t need to do.