COVID -19 outbreak/ Tips to be productive when working at home

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March 20, 2020


Written by Maike Benner  

The world is facing one of the biggest challenges since World War II, as coronavirus has spread in 186 countries and territories around the world.
There are so many companies who have asked their employees to work remotely as a precaution against the novel coronavirus.
In this era of social distancing, working from home can be a lonely experience but it doesn’t have to be. For those who are not used to working at home or who don’t have an organized work station, this can be difficult as well because the distractions can affect your productivity.
It is true that you’re in your personal space, not in your usual (boring) professional environment, but if you’re not used to working at home, it can take some getting used to new challenges that you might not have at the office.


It’s important to have a defined agenda and follow it every day


Regardless of your personal style, you should schedule your time. Avoid sleeping in or lingering over breakfast, and get to work just as if you’re driving across town to your office. Sleeping late could be the worst thing for you to stay focused and get work done.

‘’Make’’ your workspace to a specific area in your home
Make a space in your home where you can concentrate, check your emails, post in social media or do video communication to speak with your colleagues and team (such as Zoom), etc . If you don’t have a separate room, find an area with minimum traffic flow, so you can focus and increase your productivity. The number one rule of working from home is… leave the house.


Switch off distractions
At home, there is a fridge, a TV, other family members who may want to talk to you, and so on, but you need to stay away and not let anything distract you from your work.


Have some social interaction
Working from home can be lonely, so we should have some social interaction. Use Facetime, Facebook or Skype to connect with friends and your loved ones. You need to know that they are doing well.


A vision board
Working from home it might eventually become boring and uninspiring. You might struggle with enjoying your work. A vision board can help. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.

Your greatest power is your perspective. This situation will not be eternal, so you need to think about your future and what you want to achieve. Find the opportunity in the difficulty instead of the difficulty in the opportunity. Take advantage of this difficult time to get caught up on fun hobbies you’ve neglected for a while.


Doing what you have missed before helps you relax and recharge your batteries.

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