The coronavirus pandemic has changed how work is structured for many Americans. First, there was quarantine and lockdown that saw many people working entirely from home. Now, many states have loosened their restrictions, which has seen some people returning to the office. As we adapt to this new normal, it’s important to keep your work-life organized so you don’t fall behind. In this article, we’ll be going over some of the best tips and tricks to keep you productive when you’re working at home.
Claiming a space
Not everyone has access to a home office, but it’s still important to keep all your work in one place. With state reopening, it’s even more important. Many offices are adopting a blended approach to working, staggering which days employees are in the office to reduce contact. Keeping all your supplies in one place will not only make it easier to transfer between your office and your home office, but it will help you stay organized throughout the day as well. If you can, try to keep your work out of your bedroom. Contaminating your sleep area with the stress of your job can be a recipe for insomnia. You also don’t need a specified office room, anywhere with a comfortable chair, decent lighting, and a table will do the trick.
Organization and cleaning
Nothing feels more hectic than a cluttered office. That goes for your one at the office, and your one at home. Cleaning up the clutter that’s built up through the day is also a great way to work out some stress too, so it’s a win-win situation. Keeping your home office and your regular office organized will also help you keep up with the demands of a staggered work week. A cleaning routine can also be a great way to wind down the workday or distract yourself from feeling overwhelmed.
Setting up for online meetings
Love it out hate it, the zoom meetings is a huge part of working life right now, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon. Nobody wants to see their coworker’s laundry in the background of a conference call. Always check your background before logging on to a call to avoid unnecessary embarrassment. Keep your backgrounds fairly neutral, but don’t be afraid to have fun with it. Maybe organize your online meetings in front of your favorite art piece, or in that kitchen you just got redone. As long as your house is clean and your lighting is bright enough, you shouldn’t have any problems. Working from home is normally a bit relaxed compared to in the office, but make sure not to get too comfortable, if you know what I mean.
Set the mood
If you’re working from home for any part of the week, one of the biggest perks is you can ignore all those stuffy office rules that govern your life normally. No strong smells allowed because someone in accounting has an allergy? Take the opportunity to light your favorite candle at your new desk, or try a relaxing essential oil diffuser. Your home office can be whatever you make it, so why not have some fun?
Whether you’re working from home, you’re back in the office full-time, or a combination of the two, these tips can be helpful in keeping your productivity levels high. In times of stress, it can be important to take a step back and reassess what helps and what hurts you. If you’re thinking about upgrading your home design in Tampa Bay, Vitale Homes is here to help you. Whether you want to build your dream home or move into a fully upgraded home, Vitale Homes can help with any of your concerns.
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