Tips for Working Remotely
Over the past month, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced professionals and students to transition to a remote work lifestyle. For some, this transition has posed an array of new challenges, especially for those of us who have never experienced working from home before. For many of us, our work or our studies are areas where we shine
Here are 5 ideas for staying focused and disciplined as you navigate the experience of working from home!
1) Create a Schedule and Stick to
2) Designate a Work Space
Working from bed or the couch, while extremely comfortable, is probably not the most productive place to get work done. Our minds and bodies associate these comfortable locations with rest and relaxation. If we begin to associate work and studying from these spaces, it could make transitioning from ‘work’ to ‘home’ life more difficult. It is important to choose a location that is not only comfortable, but that provides adequate space for any materials that will be needed throughout the day. If you do not have a desk at home, setting up shop at the dining room table or kitchen island are great options. Be sure to communicate with roommates or family members that you will be using this location as a work space. A space that is quiet and provides distance from others is ideal.
3) Avoid Distractions & Set Boundaries
Working from home presents a variety of new distractions. If you are finding it difficult to focus due to noise, try utilizing headphones. Many music streaming platforms have ‘focus’ playlists available to users. Keep the music loud enough that it drowns out the extra noise, but quiet enough that you can hear yourself think. If unable to focus while listening to music, utilize
Many individuals may find themselves struggling to adapt to working out of a shared living space. Whether it is a family member, roommate or furry friend, boundaries are key to increasing productivity. If necessary, sit down and have a conversation with all members of the household about designated working spaces and expectations during working hours.
4) Take Productive Brain Breaks
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5) Know When to “Leave” Work
Working remotely can be challenging, but can be made easier by implementing healthy habits. In doing so, we will establish a strong foundation for professional and educational success during this time.
– Lexi Moore, EΦ