As with many people worldwide, you may find yourself now working from home with the current COVID-19 situation.
If you’re new to the work-from-home lifestyle, this may present some new challenges for you, whether you are working from home alone, working from home with your children (while trying to keep them entertained or motivated to get their school work done!) or even having the added responsibility of homeschooling them.
Regardless of your lifestyle, personality, and the type of work you do, you will need to make some adjustments and create a solid plan for yourself if you want to be productive.
Our personal experience has brought us to share these very helpful tips to ensure you are leading a more productive and healthy work-from-home life!
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1) Continue Your Morning Routine – Make it a top priority to stick to that schedule you had before everything changed. Wake up and get dressed as if you ARE going to the office! This will set the tone for the rest of your day.
Wearing pajamas while working from home may seem like a perk, but does have negative effects on productivity and motivation.
2) Set a Schedule – This will help you maintain a healthy balance between your work and personal life. Make a plan for what time you will start work and what time you will call it a day. Be sure to include your lunch hour within this schedule.
3) Plan Your Day the Night Before – There are some great time management and action plan apps out there – one we love to use is “Google Keep”. Utilizing the last 15 minutes of our work-day to set a clear path for the next day is crucial to ensure maximum productivity each day. Click Here for other great time management apps.
4) Get Out of the House – During your break(s), be sure to leave your home or workspace entirely, get some fresh air and sunshine, take the kids or the dog for a walk. This is a great opportunity for a “reset”, and the added bonus of moving gets your blood flowing and provides much-needed energy and motivation!
5) “Show-Up” to all scheduled virtual meetings with your company or team – At this point, we can use any social interaction we can get anyways, right? Showing up to scheduled meetings and make your presence known by engaging.
6) Don’t co-mingle your work and personal space – Creating a dedicated workspace drives motivation and also helps create that balance between personal and work life. If you have a dedicated space for work, you also can leave that dedicated space during your breaks and when the workday is over, just as you would leave the office.
Tips for Setting up Your Home Office
7) Set Very Clear Boundaries – Just because you’re working from home does not mean you can leave at any time to taxi the kids to the movies. Set expectations with your children and spouse when it comes to what you can and cannot do during the day (and what they can/cannot do as well!). Additionally, don’t pick up all of the household responsibilities (i.e. chores, cooking, etc.) just because you are home, as this will affect your productivity.
8) Come up with creative ways to entertain your toddler – There are so many FREE learning programs out there now for the kiddos. However, regardless of the number of programs and activities you set up for them, it is their natural instinct to want interaction with mom or dad. Don’t feel guilty about taking short breaks in between working to focus on them, it will only help you out in the long run and their need for attention will be met.
9) Last, but not least, take a break and check out our website to look at some beautiful homes on the market in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe!