Working from home can be very enjoyable, but it can also come with its own set of challenges. Here are some tips from the Government of Canada to help you adapt and get the most out of your teleworking experience.
- Keep a routine. We are creatures of habit. A routine will help you physically and mentally prepare for the day.
- Get ready for work. Wake up at the same time as you normally would. Get dressed and eat breakfast (think of it as fuel your day).
- Set up a workstation. Create a dedicated workstation you feel comfortable in. Try to set up somewhere in your home where you’re least likely to get distracted.
- Create a schedule. Set regular working hours. Take breaks and make sure to include time for yourself between different tasks.
- Eat healthy meals. Make sure you get proper, balanced nutrition throughout your workday to keep your mind alert.
- Stay connected. Physical distancing can cause feelings of disconnect. Take a virtual coffee break with your colleagues and catch up with each other.
- Make time for self-care. Know when to take a break. Grab a snack to refuel or go for a quick walk to get some fresh air.
- Know when to call it a day. Resist the temptation to keep working beyond your established work hours. Finishing work on time will help you avoid burnout in the long run.
Working from home means a more flexible schedule and virtually zero commute time. By being aware of potential distractions and actively trying to avoid them, you’ll be able to maintain your productivity levels so you can get your work done on time.
Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/government/publicservice/covid-19/mental-health-tips.html External link. Opens in a new window.