Many workers have been suddenly thrust into working from home because of coronavirus COVID-19. Living and working in the same space can lead to some pretty bad habits. We’re here to help make sure you get back on the right foot, for your emotional and physical health. Here are ten good practices to help make working from home easier during this challenging time.
👍 Tip #1 – Keep Up with a Daily Routine
When working from home, it is easy to deviate from normal daily routines. It is important to stick to waking up at the same time and going to bed at a normal hour, as it would when working at the office. Staying up too late will make it difficult to concentrate the next day, especially when trying to get the hang of working from home.
👍 Tip #2 – Get Dressed Every Day
For your overall mental health, it’s important to get dressed everyday. Your productivity levels will be higher and you won’t fall into a deep dark depression of wearing your night shirt and not knowing when the last time you showered was. Dressing in workout wear or sitting around in pajamas all day is also not appropriate clothing for video conferencing, if required for work.
👍 Tip #3 – Eat a Healthy Breakfast Every Morning
Not only is this a habit that you should normally have, but especially if you are working from home, it’s easy to snack on and off all day without eating a proper meal. Food is fuel for the body, making breakfast your most important meal. During a health crisis, such as coronavirus COVID-19, everyone needs to pay attention to their health. A great way to do this is to make sure to start the day with a healthy and sustainable breakfast to ensure your body is getting what it needs.
👍 Tip #4 – Create a Dedicated Workspace in Your Home
One of the biggest challenges at-home workers face is finding a space in their homes to work that is free from noise and distractions. This can be difficult if a spouse, partner, or child(ren) are also home. If there are others in the home, it is a good idea to avoid setting up workspaces in the kitchen or family room. Instead, opt for a spare bedroom or den area that has a door that can be shut. This could also just mean setting up a desk or small table in a corner of a room. Just make sure this workspace is not where you are going to be relaxing after work.
👍 Tip #5 – Do Not Work in Bed
If a bedroom must be used as a workspace, it is never a good idea to work in bed. Beds are for sleeping and resting and should be left that way. It is too easy to become overly comfortable and not be very productive. It’s also important to keep your work and non-work spaces separate.
👍 Tip #6 – Take a Scheduled Lunch Break
Working from home does not mean that regular breaks cannot be taken. It is essential to take a lunch break and other breaks that would normally be taken throughout the day. Breaks help with productivity because they give you small goals to work towards. This lunch break should also be used to eat a meal that will sustain you for the rest of your work day.
👍 Tip #7 – Get Some Exercise
Not being able to go to the workplace, to the gym, or engage in regular activities during this health crisis can really cut down on physical activity. It is a good idea to take time during the day to do a little workout or to take a walk to stay active. You can do a yoga YouTube video on your lunch break! You can do stretches every morning. You can take a walk around your block after you clock out. It’s a great way to boost energy, keep your immune system up, and improve your mood!
👍 Tip #8 – Take Time to Be Outdoors
We all need some fresh air! Make time to be outdoors, whether it is doing a little gardening around the home, walking the dog, or working from a porch or patio on a nice day. Being outside for at least 30 minutes a day helps our bodies absorb Vitamin D, which is essential for good health and helps fight off depression.
👍 Tip #9 – Set a Work Cut-Off Time and Stick to It
It is too easy to fall in a rut and work longer in a day than one would normally at the office. When working from home, it is vital to set a work cut-off time, and then stick to it. Once that laptop closes, do not open it again until tomorrow! Don’t take work calls or answer emails. They will be there tomorrow. Setting some serious boundaries for yourself is important.
👍 Tip #10 – Take Time to Decompress
With all that is going on right now with the uncertainty and anxiety, you still need to chisel out some time to decompress and have fun. That could look like: calling your family, watching a new comedy special, having a group video chat with your friends, coloring, trying out a DIY project, planting seedlings. We all need an outlet, especially now. This is a scary world, just make sure you’re still laughing. We could all use some joy right now.