By Cheslea Lamb
When the COVID-19 restrictions first started, working from home probably sounded like a pretty sweet setup. As the weeks have gone by, however, you may have started to realize that staying productive and focused while you are working from home is a little trickier than it seems. For one, working in your PJ’s rarely works out for the best, and having kids at home can also interfere with your workflow. So how can you deal with these challenges and still get anything done as COVID-19 closures continue? Well, these resources can help:
Avoid Working From Your Couch at All Costs
Sending a quick email from your couch or kitchen table may not be that big of a deal, but trying to get more complicated tasks done can be impossible without a dedicated workspace.
- Workspace design takes some thought and planning, but location takes priority.
- There are plenty of ways to set up a functional workspace without spending a fortune.
- DIY office furniture can be a practical way to save money and time.
- Make use of online savings, such as Staples coupons and cashback offers, to help you bring your home office to life without spending a small fortune.
Avoid Working From Home in Your Pajamas
We know, we know! Working in your pajamas is one of the benefits of being able to work from home. Unfortunately, this isn’t the best look for video calls or productivity.
- Creating a morning routine will get you energized and ready to take on the day.
- Know that getting dressed can set a productive and positive tone for your workday.
- A few simple hacks can help you look your best for those midday meetings.
Avoid Distractions & Potential Work From Home Issues
Getting dressed and getting into your new office should help keep you focused, but other distractions and issues can also pop up.
- Find reliable tech support to repair issues from interfering with your productivity.
- Pomodoro timers can help you minimize distractions.
- Communications tools can keep you connected to supervisors and team members.
Access Information About Remote & Work From Home Jobs
All of the tips and resources above can help if you already have a remote job, but you may also need to find a job that will allow you to work from home.
- Starting a home business is a good way to generate additional income.
- Knowing where to look for part-time remote jobs can supplement your income now and turn into a second job or side gig in the future.
It’s easy to fall into a rut when you’re working from home, especially if this is your first lengthy foray into remote work. However, working from home shouldn’t feel like extra work. So if it does to you, definitely give the tips and resources above a try to improve your routine!
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