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Working From Home: Useful Tips to Maintain Productivity and Connectedness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While most people surely think that working from home is better when it comes to staying safe from the virus than having to report to the office every day, it is still challenging especially for those who are working from home for the first time.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

We have been practicing the "new normal" for months now since the COVID-19 outbreak. The coronavirus pandemic surely has changed the way we live and work. Some are already going back to their respective offices, but most of us are still working from home, whether the remote work policy implemented is voluntary or mandatory. While most people surely think that working from home is better when it comes to staying safe from the virus than having to report to the office every day, it is still challenging especially for those who are working from home for the first time.

If you find your WFH setup difficult and stressful, these tips will help you make remote working productive and successful, as well as maintain your mental well-being.

The first and most important thing you should do: Set boundaries at home.

If you do not live alone in your house, for example, your family, children, or partner live with you or you are with a roommate, it is advised to communicate with them about your working arrangement. Let them know when you have meetings or important things to accomplish so they know when they need to be a little quieter. That way, you can stay more focused during your work hours without any distractions. I am sure your family members will understand that.

Don't stay in your pajamas. Get dressed.

Yup, I know how tempting staying in your nighties or pajamas all day is. But I'm telling you, it will just give you a less productive day. It will only slow you down and make you a little lazier. Getting dressed for work does not mean you will put on your formal clothes. Changing your bedtime clothes is enough to wake you up and get things done. Putting on "working clothes" helps draw the line between working and being at home.

Have your workspace at home.

Working from home is more comfortable because you can basically work from your bed, couch, or anywhere in the house. But did you know that these spots at home can only keep you from being productive? It is recommended to have a dedicated place that will help you establish boundaries between life and work. A working space away from your bed, TV, and other distractions will help you concentrate on your tasks more.

Keep defined working hours.

You have set up a workplace, so you should also follow your working hours. Just because you are working from home does not mean you won't follow your working schedule when you were reporting in the office. Focus on your tasks first then give your family your full attention once you are done with your work. You should take short breaks too, to avoid overworking.

Stay connected.

Now that you are working from home, you will see your colleagues a lot less. But be sure to still communicate with them or with your friends through a video chat from time to time. This can break up some of the social isolation that can come from working remotely.

Make a daily schedule.

Staying focused when working remotely might be tough, so it is best to plan out each day and set goals to stay on track and motivated.

Be consistent with your routine.

Following the same routine every day will help your body and mind adjust. Just waking up, working, and sleeping at the same time every day is enough to condition your body and mind with your new working setup.

Clear your space.

In able to work properly, make sure your workspace is clean, clear, and has a calm atmosphere. Organize and clean your area at least once a day. Disinfect your device and the surfaces regularly. You can also spray some scents through the air to boost your mood.

Headphones can help you concentrate.

Reduce auditory distractions with the help of your headphones. Listen to music that can help you calm and boost your mind. Make sure you invest in a pair that is both comfortable and provides good sound quality. If you do not have over-ear headphones, earbuds are just fine.

Bonus tip: Set your computer screen on dark mode to avoid tiring your eyes from looking at the screen all day!

Take deep breaths and relax. You will get used to working from home sooner. Just always remember to take short breaks, walk around, relax your eyes, and avoid distractions.

To find more helpful tips and advice to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, check out Cleaning Corona.