Ever since March 2020, the standard workplace has changed and evolved to the point that there really isn’t a “standard” anymore. With an abundance of jobs becoming hybrid or remote, the average work week is no longer an in-person nine-to-five. It’s more of a “Yeah, I’ll log on for the Zoom meeting at 9, but then I’m taking my dog to the park while I’m technically on the clock.” We’ve all been there, but now we’re going to give you with some strategies for staying productive, even if you’re WFH!
Get Dressed for Work
Having a productive, remote work day starts as soon as you crawl out of bed in the morning. Being successful includes dressing for success. Staying in your pajamas or comfy clothes all day may make you feel more relaxed, but it will only make you more tired and lazy throughout the work day. Throw on a nice outfit (even on the bottom) and inspire all of your other work-from-home colleagues!
Create a Separate Work Space From the Living Space
We’ve all had those days where “breakfast in bed” becomes “spend the whole day in bed,” but it’s important to dedicate a space for getting work done. This helps separate your work life from your personal life, and for the stay-at-home parents out there, this is crucial to set those boundaries. It will also help limit distractions from your work.
Establish a Routine
Did you always run to Starbucks on your way to work in the morning? Or maybe you went to the office kitchen for a snack after getting through your morning emails. Don’t lose your routine just because you’re in a different environment! Continue to grab a coffee before work or a snack after responding to emails. This will help you stay focused and on-task for the day.
Connect With Managers and Colleagues
In a time like the present, it is more crucial than ever to keep in contact with friends, family, and colleagues. Especially if you are working from home, take the time to check in with your coworkers, even if it’s not work related. Working out of office can be isolating, so it’s essential to continue work-life bonding to boost esteem and morale.