As a precaution against the coronavirus, companies are urging their employees to work from home, as the entire business world has joined forces to slow the spread of COVID-19. Global, national, and regional face-to-face live events are also being canceled or postponed with work-related travel. As you find yourself working from to limit your exposure to the global coronavirus crisis, Bannersnack put together this infographic below with tips on how you can be productive and focused while working from home.
Here are some highlights:
1. Find your ideal working spot
Make sure you have your laptop, your smartphone, and an Internet connection. Then, find good spot in your home to work productively. It is critical to your success.
Make sure the spot has enough light, especially natural light. You can adjust your working spot for different tasks.
2. Stay focused on your job
There may be a lot of distractions at home. It can be a challenging to work done. Make sure your ideal working spot is away from the television, pets, and other family members.
You may also get distracted online, especially if your job requires you to be in front of the computer from 8 to 10 hours a day or more. There are 15 tools to help you increase your productivity.
3. Structure your day and prioritize
Make sure you check the calendar in the morning so you can plan your day. Also, write down the important three to five tasks you want to accomplish that day. You can even write out your weekly tasks so you can stay focused.
Also, set your hours for the day. Are they going to be 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.?
4. Learn to communicate effectively
Take advantage of today’s technology to stay connected and collaborate with your colleagues online. Discover how to best communicate in an inter-generational workforce.
5. Prep ahead of your calls
It is critical that your meetings or conference calls have a meeting agenda and someone is leading the meeting. Share the meeting agenda ahead of time so people get a chance to review it beforehand so they can come with questions and ideas. Also, limit distractions during the calls as much as possible.
6. Don’t skip lunch
Allow yourself to take a lunch break. You need food and drink to be productive. Put a calendar hold on your calendar to remind you to take a trip to the kitchen to get lunch. Also, make sure you drink a lot of water during the day so you stay hydrated.
7. Log off
Working from home can give you the false impression that you can work ALL day. Turn off your devices to relax and recharge after work so you are ready for the next day. Do some physical exercise, talk a walk if possible, read something. Anything to get you ready for another productive day tomorrow.
Discover more tips from this infographic below on how to be productive while working from home:
This infographic was created by Bannersnack.