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Tips for Working at Home During the Pandemic
Many communities around the world are still actively trying to prevent the spread of Covid-19. For many businesses, this means employees are working at home for the foreseeable future to curb the rise of cases.
If you’re one of the many people working remotely instead of your usual workplace, here are four useful tips to help you get through this unique period of time.
- Set up a workstation
If you’re sitting on your bed with your laptop, or awkwardly trying to work on the couch, you might be more comfortable than productive. While we all need days where we feel more comfortable, most days we need a proper workstation. This can be beneficial for productivity and getting in the ‘work’ frame of mind.
A desk or table set up with your work essentials, such as a computer, notebook, phone, headphones, etc. is the best way to have separation from work and relaxation. Having natural light is also a great thing to incorporate if your space allows it.
- Take breaks
When working at home, you might notice that you aren’t taking breaks because you are already in a comfortable space. It’s still important to take some time during your workday for breaks! Get up and stretch, grab a snack or lunch, chat with a friend or family member, and then return to your work. If your company has set break times, ensure to follow those to keep up with your routine.
For some people, it can almost feel like they are taking too many breaks while at home. This isn’t ideal, either. The key is to find the right balance between working your set work hours and knowing when you need to get up, even if that’s just for a few minutes.
- Avoid Distractions
Avoiding distractions around your home will ultimately help you get more work done and stay focused throughout the day. When at home, things like the television, a cell phone, family members trying to get your attention, noise, and more can all take attention away from the work at hand. Try to interact with these things on your breaks, or after work only. It may be difficult at first, but you will get into a routine in no time!
- Venture Outside of the Home When Possible
Working at home usually means that you are in your home basically every single day for most of the day. When you can, whether its during a break or after work, it’s a great idea to go outside of the home to avoid feeling stuck or going ‘stir crazy’.
Not sure where to go? Head out for a walk when weather permits, drive to your favourite coffee shop, take your kids to the park, get take-out lunch at a nearby restaurant, and so on. Even going for a short drive can get you out of the house and provide a change of scenery! Remember to be safe when entering public places by following all health guidelines in your city or town.