Working from home can be challenging even when there isn’t a global pandemic to contend with. Here are some ways to make sure you’re on track at home.
Find a routine and stick to it
When working from home, it’s easy to get distracted by things around the house, family members and more. Plus, sitting on the couch and watching another episode of Netflix before getting to work is all too appealing.
One thing that helps to combat distractions and lack of motivation is creating a routine that works for you. This means getting up at a certain time each day and having the rest of the day mapped out. That way, you know exactly what to expect for the workday ahead of you.
Need some inspiration to build your own routine? Check out this article from Forbes for inspiration on the routines of highly successful people.
Hold yourself accountable while working from home
This next step follows closely once you have built a routine or schedule for yourself. Make sure you’re following through on what you want to accomplish each day or week.
An easy way to keep track of your routine and hold yourself accountable is by making lists. It’s so simple to write out each item on your agenda for the day or week and know whether it’s been accomplished or not. Plus, it’s oh-so-satisfying to finally cross something off your list.
Another simple way to hold yourself accountable while working from home is keeping a planner where you can keep track of assignments, projects, meetings and anything else. While most of us probably already have a planner or calendar of sorts, it bears worth repeating. Here are some of the best planners to increase productivity.
Take care of yourself and others
Finally, make sure you’re taking care of both yourself and others while working from home. This whole situation is new to a lot of people, even those who have worked from home before. Make sure you’re practicing self-care, whether that is working out or cooking healthy meals and looking out for friends and co-workers.
No matter what, we’ll all get through this crazy time together.