As COVID-19 spreads throughout the world, more companies have sent their employees home to do their jobs, possibly forever changing the way we work. Whether you are working full time, taking on contract assignments or managing a team of remote employees, there are a few things you can do to ensure you stay on top of your tasks and prioritise that ever-elusive work-life balance. From meetings to revenue streams, there are ways to manage everything business-related from a distance — you just have to know what best practices and tools work for your own productivity. 

Set Up Your Space

The key to setting clear boundaries and keeping your sanity while working from home is to set up a designated workspace. If you have an office in your home, try to keep your work contained to that room. Even if you don’t have an office in your house or apartment, you can still create a proper workspace at your kitchen or dining room table. Try to set up a workspace that will not need to be completely cleared away at the end of each work day. Perhaps you can even set up a folding table in a corner or a quiet, unused bedroom where you can store your computer and needed supplies. Having a designated spot in which to work will help you step away from your work at the end of the day and move on to enjoying time alone or with family.

Take Advantage of Technology

There are so many software programs, mobile apps and gadgets that can help you work well from home. Use video chatting to keep in touch with your colleagues and schedule regular phone check-ins with your team and clients. Sending daily or weekly email updates can help keep everyone on the same page and motivated to get their work done on time. If you are not already using cloud computing, now is the perfect time to do so. Storing, sharing and processing data on one platform is key to staying organised while working remotely. It will also help you protect sensitive information and keep your lines of communication clear. 

Take Care Of Yourself

Working from home means you should absolutely keep up with your healthy habits. Now is the time to keep up as much of your routine as possible, especially those that keep you well. Try to take breaks at least once or twice a day to get outside for a walk, some sunshine and fresh air. Be sure to keep your home workspace clean to keep the virus at bay, especially as you come in and out of the house. Whatever you do, keep your body moving, drink plenty of water and maintain a healthy sleep schedule. These small steps will go a long way in keeping up your physical, mental and emotional health through the pandemic.

Hopefully you are able to take your work home with you during this time, ensuring your safety and the health of those around you. Taking the proper steps to set yourself up well to work from home will help you be more productive in the long run.

Article source: Katlyn Eriksen

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