Work from Home Tips
By Emma Shehan,
With the unprecedented spread of the novel COVID-19 comes a new daily reality for many: working from home. You may not have experienced working and/or learning from home before but there are plenty of ways to make it more manageable and even fun!
First, one of the most important things you can do to make working from home better is to re-frame it as an opportunity instead of a hurdle. Changing your mindset in this way will help to ward off feelings of hopelessness, which is incredibly important to keep your mental health strong. This is a chance for you to work on new skills that you may not have been able to develop before, such as independence and time-management. These skills are invaluable both professionally and academically, and they don’t come without experience. Consider this a time for your own personal development!
The most successful way to prepare yourself to work from home is to make sure that you’re taking care of your needs both in and outside of work. Establishing a routine will help in creating a balance and ensuring that you’re looking after both your responsibilities and yourself. You can format your routine however you want to by taking into account things like when you feel most productive and what you want to to accomplish. One particularly important routine is how you get ready for work. Your ‘getting ready routine’ could involve getting dressed, making a cup of tea or coffee, or doing a work-out. By doing this, you’ll be able to get in the mental headspace for work. organized and prepared to tackle your day.
"Changing your mindset in this way will help to ward off feelings of hopelessness, which is incredibly important to keep your mental health strong."
Once you’re ready for your day, organize your time by setting goals for yourself to help you stay on track. This is a good way to hold yourself accountable and make sure that you’re staying on top of your work. Don’t forget to celebrate reaching those goals!
An important part of effective work is taking breaks. Make sure you schedule in breaks as part of your routine to give yourself a chance to refresh your mind. You can get creative with your breaks and use them as an opportunity to work on a hobby or exercise, or just relax. Whatever helps you to re-focus and re-energize!
Finally, make sure you make time to socialize. Staying in touch while working at home helps you to feel connected to others, which benefits your work and your mental health. Check on coworkers and classmates, call your friends and family - reach out to your loved ones. Remember that even though this situation may seem scary, it is new and unknown to everyone. You are not alone, we are in this together. Stay safe and stay productive!