Social distancing, washing your hands to the tune of “Happy Birthday” twice, and scrambling to find hand sanitizer: A few items on a long list of “new normals” to help slow the spread of coronavirus. However, there’s one “new normal” that’s taking a little longer for many to adapt to: Working from home.
Us at Business Solutions by Design have long worked virtually and have compiled some tips for working at home during the coronavirus pandemic:
When you’re used to working in a bustling office, working from home for an extended period of time can feel lonely.
We recommend setting up “virtual water coolers” with coworkers over video conferencing tools, like Zoom, to mimic the casual in-office conversations that break up the workday.
Setting up a Zoom call with colleagues or friends to talk about work, life or other conversations you would normally have is imperative to minimize the feeling of social isolation and also helps with productivity.
Find a routine that works and stick to it
It’s easy to fall into the trap of staying in bed all day when you work from home, but from past experience we warn doing so is counterproductive, because many end up working constantly, without breaks, and, as a result, burn out quickly.
Try setting both personal and physical boundaries, like leaving your bedroom to work, is key.
Make sure your routine sets boundaries for yourself and whoever you live with. This will, in turn, create a strong balance in both your work and personal life. Once you find it, follow it religiously, for this will be key to your success.
Some strategies we recommend include:
Don’t try to completely clone your in-office work routine
While it’s important to create a sense of structure and social stimulation similar to your office environment, it’s important to remember you can’t completely replicate your in-office work model.
When you’re at home, you have more distractions and disruptions to take into account. Setting up a rolling Google Doc that everyone can update throughout the day — in real time — is more practical than trying to find a time where everyone is available for a video chat or call.