Tricks of the trade: Working (or schooling) from home

Teams and classrooms across the world have entered a new normal – trying to find productivity and comfort in their remote environment. Being stuck at home 24/7 is difficult. Luckily, we have a few tools and tips to ease the transition.

Set up your workspace

Find an area in your home that’s conducive to working. It can be a desk or the couch, just make sure it’s separate from your non-work space and allows you to focus.

Stick to your routine

If you typically wake up early, take a shower, have breakfast or a cup of coffee, continue to do so in your new normal. This will prepare your mind and body for a productive day.

Have a to-do list

Before you start each day, list down your priorities the evening before. Set specific windows of time to complete your projects (uninterrupted) and stick to your schedule.

Communicate

Check-in with your employer/teacher and colleagues/classmates from time to time. Update them on your schedule and deliverables, especially if there are any changes.

Take breaks

The key to a productive day (and your sanity) is balance. Give yourself enough time to walk away from your computer screen and phone. Move around, take a water break, work on a personal hobby, find a 15 minute reward.

Socialize

When the entire office or class is working from home, you’re not exchanging the same pleasantries as a normal in-person day. You may go hours without a real conversation. Take time to call, text, or FaceTime important people in your life.

Curate your work from home media

Create a playlist or listen to a podcast while you work. Share it with your colleagues and classmates too to share the vibe.

Align work schedules with your family/roommates

Working from home is an adjustment. Coordinate with your parents, partner, children, or roommate so you’re not in each other’s way and can help one another throughout the day.


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