It’s official: working from home is the new normal (at least for the moment).
Since self-isolation is the best strategy to counter the spread of Covid-19, millions of people cannot travel beyond their living room. Turning a house into an office is not an obvious undertaking (and believe us, we know something about it since we too have had to do it). How do you stay productive? How do you avoid distractions and a sense of claustrophobia? And how to coordinate the work commitments of all people under the same roof?
The key to working from home is to stick to a routine that you feel comfortable with and that you know you can stick to. But there is so much more, so we want to reveal our 10 tips to keep your productivity at its peak.
1. The new normal
Start your day as if it were a normal day to go to work. Get up at a time that gives you enough time to shower, get dressed, and put on contact lenses. Even better if you can include some exercise, which will help you wake up well and fill up with energy. It is important to take time to prepare your mind for work, rather than waking up 5 minutes before connecting to the first video call meeting of the day (where you can show everyone your disheveled look from just up).
2. Enter the part
Speaking of video calls, here’s a golden rule: be prepared at any time of the day. Taking off your pajamas is not only a fundamental rule for entering work mode; it also means being ready to jump from one video call to the next without worrying about adjusting the look every time. In addition, it is important to continue doing these small operations that make us feel comfortable, like combing our hair, putting on make-up, putting on your favorite work shirt.
3. Create your workstation
As for the space in which to work, choose an area of the house that defines a clear separation between life and work. Even better if near a window, because the combination of natural light and fresh air can work wonders on your mental health. Keep your bed as a sacred area made only for sleeping and relaxing, an area where work is prohibited.
4. Plan your day
Now that your look and station are ready, it’s time to organize your day. Each morning, write a to-do list, including goals and schedules. By doing so, every time you get distracted, you will have a reference that brings you back to the order. In the program, including your lunch break and any other small breaks, you may want to take to stretch your legs. It’s also a great way to plan your meals, so you have total control over your day. Also, plan activities you are looking forward to after work, such as calls to friends and family, movie and video game sessions, or other entertainment.
5. Get into the right mode
Working from home can sometimes be a little too quiet and quiet. There aren’t any of your colleagues chatting out loud and going around the office. Or, you have the opposite problem: you live with someone who is having a very loud phone call in the next room, preventing you from concentrating. Whatever your situation, you need something that keeps you in the right “mood.” Play your favorite music playlist; it will help you focus and get to the bottom of your to-do list. If you lack inspiration on what to listen to, ask your friends and colleagues what music they have chosen these days.
6. Remember the 20 – 20 – 20 rule
Managing screen time is one of the great challenges of working from home. Between the computer, Whatsapp, and the TV, it seems impossible to give your eyes a moment of pause. Try relieving eye fatigue by following one of our favorite eye health rules: Every 20 minutes in front of a screen, look at an object 20 feet (about 6 meters) from you for 20 seconds. Even small actions like making a coffee, filling the water bottle, or watering the plants are enough to give the eyes some rest.
7. Keep moving
Playing sports is very important for our physical and mental health, especially now that we have to stay at home. Whether you love yoga or a walk is enough, find at least an hour a day to dedicate to physical exercise (to be done within the limits of current restrictions, of course). It is a goal of your daily routine that will give you a great sense of satisfaction. You will have done your part, that the endorphins do theirs.
8. Hydrated, hydrated, hydrated
You will forgive us the parental tone, but drink lots of water! These days it’s more important than ever. Make sure you always have a full glass at your workstation.
9. The breaks are sacred
Taking small but frequent breaks to rest your mind and stretch your legs is essential. If you think about it, you don’t work 100% of the time, even when you’re in the office (yeah, you have to be honest!). Try not to watch anything work-related during your break, particularly if it’s your lunch break.
10. Stick to business hours
Working too much can be a problem, so clearly define what your working hours will be and stick to it. At the end of the day, log out of your email account and any other online platform you use for work, especially if you use a personal computer. It would be good to stay away from any digital device for at least an hour: by doing so, you can relax and fully enjoy your free time, without worries of work interfering.