Working from home is usually a choice, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, most employees no longer have another option. Even though it has undoubtedly grown in popularity, some people do not thrive in a remote work environment. So, how do you stay productive while working from home? We have some tips and tricks our team uses that are sure to keep you focused and motivated!
- Get comfortable with remote collaboration tools. If what you don’t enjoy about working from home is the solitude, there are plenty of ways to stay connected with your coworkers. Tools like Slack, Zoom, or Google Docs are key to staying in touch and remaining productive.
- Have a dedicated space away from distractions. Working from your bed may be comfy, but it is a surefire way to want to nap instead of work. Get away from your TV, bring some snacks to the area so you don’t have to get up frequently, and focus as if you are in the office.
- Take breaks when needed. If you feel like you need a break, take one, but try to make sure it is a helpful break. Getting on the couch and watching your favorite show for 10 minutes can easily turn into an hour, which can easily turn into two. Getting too relaxed can be counterproductive. Try to go for a quick walk, do some indoor exercise, or read a chapter of a book!
- Consider noise-canceling headphones. Many people who work in offices already have a pair of these, why not use them at home, too? They are especially helpful if you have distractions in your home like other people, pets, or noisy neighbors. Just make sure you aren’t ignoring your loved ones, it is all about balance!
Try using these four tips to transform the way you feel about working from home. We know most Maryland and Virginia schools are halting in-person instruction right now so there might be more distractions than usual, but hopefully, you can still implement some of these and stay productive while working from home. And if you have some more extra time, it’s the perfect opportunity to do an insurance inventory for your policy with us.