How to Be Productive While Working from Home

Jessica Davies
March 30, 2020

Sway is embarking on our second week of working remotely and like most others, this is a first. Each day we learn what adds to our productivity and what distractions to steer clear of.

Rather than reporting to our office desks every morning, we now find ourselves setting up impromptu workspaces anywhere and everywhere we can. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are doing their part in slowing down the spread of COVID-19 by implementing working from home policies to comply with self-isolation and social distancing conditions. With this abrupt change of environment, we tend to miss the aspect of built-in discipline that comes with an office setting.

Here are our tips for nipping cabin fever in the bud.

1. Create a Daily Routine

Maintaining a daily routine builds structure to your day. If you start your morning off as if you were heading into the office, it will help to keep your mind focused throughout the day.

2. Designate a Workspace

Confining your workplace to a specific area in your home not only benefits you, but everyone around you as well. Try to avoid setting up your workstation on your bed, the couch or anything in front of a TV and instead make a stress-free zone in a quieter area of your house that resembles your office desk.

3. Fuel Yourself Throughout the Day

In order to resist the urge to snack all day long, you must properly fuel yourself in the morning and early afternoon. Take a few extra minutes before you clock in to make a well-balanced breakfast and use your lunch break to get creative in the kitchen.

4. Stay Connected

Although working from home can sometimes feel incredibly lonely, connecting with your team members throughout the day can help boost your morale. At Sway, we have a morning meeting every day at 10 am and are even taking time to schedule video lunch dates when possible.

5. Reset and Recharge

After you’ve clocked in your hours for the day, put away your computer and notebooks. Keeping anything work related out on your kitchen counter can serve as unnecessary reminders and cause you stress. Out of sight, out of mind.

 

While an extended period of working from home may bring uncertainty, it’s best to keep an open mind to every challenge that comes your way. Your greatest power is your perspective. Use it to your advantage.

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