Working at home during the coronavirus pandemic? 5 tips for best results

Are you one of the growing number of people across the United States who’ve suddenly found themselves working remotely due to coronavirus precautions?

Whether you’re a seasoned work-from-homer or a newbie, this can be a stressful time. Observing some simple guidelines can help you stay on track with your work — and as a bonus, these tips can also help allay any anxieties you’re feeling about life during a pandemic.

  1. Set up a dedicated workplace. Try to find a separated physical space with a desk and other equipment you need. If you don’t have a separate room, at least try to reserve a set workspace that’s only for work.
  2. Check your connections. You’ve likely received specific instructions and/or software from your employer. Take the time to review these thoroughly, double-check your WiFi or network connection, and update your software. And ask ahead of time who you should contact in the event of a problem.
  3. Stick to a schedule. It goes without saying that you will be putting in the same number of hours at home as you would in an office, but it also helps to take your schedule one step further. Do you usually spend the first hour or last hour of each day catching up on email? Does your team have a standing meeting each day or week? Sticking to those routines can help everyone stay focused.
  4. Dress for success. It can be tempting to forego the shower and stay in comfy sleeping gear all day, but research shows you’ll be more efficient if you feel more professional. This doesn’t mean you need to wear a suit, but feeling somewhat pulled together will make you feel—and be—more competent.
  5. Practice self care. Being stuck at home can make it easier to give up your usual self-care routines. Remember to get some movement or exercise each day, try to eat healthy meals at mealtimes rather than snacking all day, and get outside for fresh air at least once a day.

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