If your employer has instructed you to work from home for the time being because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be feeling overwhelmed by all the changes this transition brings. It can be tough to imagine advancing in your role without meeting with your boss in person or bouncing ideas off your coworkers during your lunch break. But with the right approach, remote work can be gratifying. These resources will help you find a place in your home to work, communicate effectively with virtual tools, and structure your day so that you can do your best work.
Setting Up Your Workspace
Having a private space is is important to encourage concentration. Here are a few possibilities to establish your home office.
- An unused nook in your home could be the perfect space for a tidy desk.
- If you need more space for your desk and storage, consider outfitting a particular room in your home as your dedicated office.
- If you don’t have a spare room, you can construct a cozy outdoor shed for your “cubicle.”
- You could also plan to finish your basement and create a quiet, functional workspace.
Tips for the Workday
Whether you’re worried about giving in to distractions or missing an important message from your coworker, these tips will help you stay on top of your professional obligations.
It’s easy to lose track of time without the rhythms of office life – these essential apps will help you stay focused and organized.
- Check your inbox throughout the day so that you can respond to emails in a timely fashion.
- Since you won’t be able to talk to your team in person, it is vital that you are fully prepared for video conferencing.
Without chatty coworkers coming up to you, you might find that it’s easier to work efficiently at home if you lay the foundation for productivity early on.
- Stick to a schedule so that you can maintain a healthy work-life balance.
- Set some ground rulesso that your children know when they can’t interrupt you!
- Be flexible – be prepared to make adjustments to your daily schedule, workspace, equipment, etc.
The idea of completing projects without being in the same building as your coworkers may seem odd at first, but as you get accustomed to working remotely, you may find that you enjoy it even more than working at the office. You may have the option to return to your former office in the future, but if you find that remote work suits your lifestyle better, you just might choose to stick with telecommuting instead!
About the Author:
Chelsea Lamb has spent the last eight years honing her tech skills and is the resident tech specialist at Business Pop. Her goal is to demystify some of the technical aspects of business ownership. firstname.lastname@example.org
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