Shakespeare wrote King Lear while in quarantine.
By now, it’s obvious— if working remotely isn’t the new mandatory option, it’s the new convenient option for tens of thousands of people in the workforce. Here are a few ground rules for making working at home actually work for you.
How You Wake Up Makes a Difference
Yes, your smartphone is your friend, but that doesn’t mean you have to immediately grab it and start scrolling through emails. If that feels too much like muscle memory, try putting your phone somewhere else in the room, out of immediate reach.
Your Office Shouldn’t Be Your Bedroom
It doesn’t really matter where your office is. What matters is that your workspace is someplace other than your bedroom.
Put Some Consideration Into Conference Calls
If you haven't mastered the art of video conferencing with colleagues, now is the time to do so. Consider a few etiquette tips to keep your calls productive: share content to go over before the meeting starts, take the call in a quiet room to limit distractions, and keep your phone on mute when you’re not the one speaking.
Establish a Pattern of Practice
Everyone, and every day, needs goals. Before the day begins, set your intentions. Make a list of things that need to be tackled today, this week, and this month.
Block out disturbances. Make sure there are boundaries for your workspace. You love the family, but that doesn’t mean that everyone can invade your work area whenever they want. The simple rule is no interruptions unless it’s important.
Activity Is Important
You aren’t chained to that computer. It’s essential to make time to get out and take a walk. The fact is, activity is going to contribute to your productivity, creativity, and your health.
When the Day Is Done, You’re Done
How you launch the day is important and so is how you end it. There’s great value in knowing that when you’ve completed that last task, the day is officially done. Close your laptop, and enjoy your time at home.
Take Time to Appreciate It
Downtime is important — however you define it. Take time to appreciate the fact that you're spending more time with the family, having more sit-down dinners, reading more books, joining more Netflix parties, and checking in more often with your loved ones.