To slow the spread of COVID-19, our state is under a stay-at-home order. That means most of us have been working remotely for the last few weeks.
Unfortunately, working remotely for an extended period of time can be difficult. Here are some tips on how to stay productive while working from home!
Stick to a Schedule
There are a lot of benefits of sticking to a schedule. Wake up at the same time you would normally wake up for work. Shower, get dressed, have breakfast, etc.
It’s okay to give yourself a little wiggle room when it comes to time but sticking to your regular routine while working from home will give you structure and help you stay on track. Be sure to still take a lunch break and set a time to clock out of work for the day. Sticking to a schedule during this time will also help when the pandemic is over, and we transition back into working in the office.
Set Up an Office
If you don’t have a home office, it’s still important to create a space at home where you can do your work with limited distractions. It may be tempting, but don’t do your work in bed. The couch can be a hard place to get work done too, especially if there’s a television nearby. Try setting up at your dining room or kitchen table.
If you haven’t already, you may get a little stir-crazy being in the house for days. The best way to combat that is to get moving! Try to do something physical every day. Going for a walk or jog outside, streaming a fitness video or doing some stretching and yoga are all great ways to boost your mood.
If you’re feeling stagnant during your workday, take a break and go out for a walk. You’ve probably never noticed how often you walk away from your computer and take breaks to socialize with coworkers in a normal workday. Don’t feel guilty to give yourself little breaks at home too.
It can be very difficult to stay focused on work when you share a living space with someone else. Tell the other people in your household what your schedule is and communicate with them when you will and won’t be available. That way there are clear expectations and you can minimize distractions by trying to cut down on contact during work hours.
If you’re a parent, it might be difficult to focus when children need your attention. If you have a flexible work schedule, try scheduling in time during your day to spend time with your children. Even little chunks of time can make a big difference.
We want to thank all of the essential and healthcare workers who are putting their lives on the line for our community! We appreciate you more than you know!
To get the latest developments on COVID-19, visit these websites:
- Calhoun County Public Health Department
- State of Michigan
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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