Working remotely in the age of COVID-19

With the recent rise of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and with most countries residing to lockdowns, many companies asked their employees to start working remotely. If you’ve never worked from home before, you might find it challenging. Making the shift from on-premises to remote work might have an impact on your performance if you don’t learn how to deal with it. Whether you’re new to remote work or you’re been working remotely for a while, here are some tips and tricks that can help you along the way:

1. Consider your workspace

An essential thing when it comes to working from home is to set up a small space to work. It doesn’t have to be a fancy home-office with an entire setup. Just a desk and a comfortable chair can do the job. The important thing is to work in a place where you can focus on the task at hand. If there’s someone else at home with you and they have nothing to do because of the lockdown, they would probably be watching TV in the living room. In that case, working in the living room would be so distracting, and you should look for a quieter place around your house.

2. Know when to stop

When working at a company, there’s usually a fixed schedule and you know when to stop working and head back home. However, when you first start working from home, you might feel that these boundaries start to disappear. You might receive emails and chat messages at any time, and this could be overwhelming. Even when working remotely, you should keep in mind that you’re not a machine and that you’re not expected to be available 24/7. The best strategy is to stick to the same work schedule as if you were still going to your company, and log off at the end of the day. After all, you deserve some rest too.

3. Take regular breaks

Don’t sit on your desk the entire day without moving. At a company, you might usually walk to attend some meetings, or chat with some of your coworkers, or take a coffee break… These things might seem trivial at first, but they are essential to keep you going throughout the day. Even if your meeting is online, take a walk around the house before it starts. Remember not to skip lunch time. Don’t work while you eat. Stand up from time to time. It’s important to use your breaks to get away from your desk, not open YouTube and watch some videos.

4. Don’t work in your pajamas

It might feel tempting to stay in your pajamas all day since you’re working remotely and you don’t need to leave the house. However, starting your day as if you were actually going to your office will boost to your productivity. Your brain usually associates your PJs with rest and relaxation. When you get dressed, it signals to your brain that it’s time to work. You don’t need to wear a fancy suit, anything other than what you wear to sleep will do the job.

5. Turn the music on

Some people enjoy listening to background music while working, and there are tons of amazing playlists out there! If you enjoy music, putting your favorite playlist in the background is a plus! However, not all music would be a good fit here. Some of the best playlists are movie soundtracks without any lyrics, nature sounds, lofi music,…

We hope these tips can help you boost your productivity during these hard times. Stay home, stay safe, and hopefully we’ll get back to our normal lives soon!

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