Eight Tips from People Who Are Used to Working from Home
Working from home takes some getting used to, unless you were ALREADY doing it. A new survey talked to over 3,000 people who worked from home before the crisis hit. Here are eight pieces of advice they had for newbies.
1. Don't forget to take breaks. It was the most common piece of advice they gave.
2. Develop a routine. Don't just drift through every day without a plan.
3. Create a home office space. It doesn't have to be a separate room. Even your kitchen table is better than working from bed.
4. Get up and move around. Don't stay on your computer when you take breaks. Give your eyes a rest, and your muscles a chance to stretch.
5. Set clear boundaries between work and play. Do your best to separate your free time from your work hours. Meaning specific start and end times.
6. Don't watch TV. A lot of people in the survey said it's important to avoid distractions.
7. Get dressed. It's hard to get in the right mindset if you're always in pajamas. (This means wearing pants! I know no one can see you from the waist down on Zoom or Skype, but you'll feel more professional!)
8. Keep in touch with co-workers. Take time to call and email people, even if it's just to say hi and catch up.
A couple I might add, if I may:
STAY OFF OF FACEBOOK! It's become very divisive and counter productive to life. Stick with your true friends on there, and eliminate annoying ones.