After a recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the country, many states are going back under quarantine to prevent further outbreaks.
For all those who have been working remotely during the quarantine, here are a few helpful tips inspired by The Muse to stay healthy and productive while you work from home during quarantine:

Get Dressed

With most people working from home, it seems like an exercise in futility to get dressed before hopping on the computer for the day. But getting dressed is a great way to signify to your body and mind that it’s time to get to work! You don’t have to don your full business-casual attire, but avoiding wearing pajamas all day during the work week can have a significant positive outcome on your morale and work ethic. Getting dressed signifies that you’re out of bed and ready to start the day as productively and constructively as possible.

Define a Clear Workspace or Home Office

Most people are used to leaving their homes to go to work, which is a clear sign that you are separating work life from home life. But for those working remotely, it’s important to delineate a physical work space for your home office in order to separate work from home when working remotely. It may be a space at the kitchen table, a quiet room or an organized desk in your home, but designating a dedicated workspace is crucial to optimize productivity and physically cue yourself to start working even if you’re not in the office.

Set a Work Schedule

Remote workers may have a difficult time separating work from home when they spend all day at home. Whether you’re not putting in enough work hours or you’re working into the night, working from home can confuse your work schedule and also lead to burnout if you’re not careful. To avoid over or under-working, set a defined work schedule that you abide by every day of the week so you can be sure that you are staying productive during work hours and taking a well-deserved break each day.

Create Beginning of Work and End of Work Habits

Remote employees often find it difficult to start and stop their work days when they work at home. For most, the commute to and from work was a great way to change your mindset before and after work. But working from home requires a different mental and physical activity to cue your body that it’s time to start/stop working. Try something like taking your dog for a walk at the end of the work day or taking a walk outside before you start work to get your body into a regular work/home schedule.

Avoid Distractions as Much as Possible

For many, the challenge of working from home can be all the distractions that one encounters throughout the day. Whether it’s the news, a TV show or other family members that pull attention away from work, it’s important to tune out the distractions and not let them interfere with your workflow. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t take breaks throughout the day, but don’t let them derail your progress or break your productive train of thought.

Maintain Constant Communication

When you work in an office, it’s easy to maintain constant contact with your supervisors and direct reports. However, working from home presents a new challenge in communication. Going days without reporting to your coworkers can have a negative impact on workflow and productivity, so it’s important to set clearly defined expectations for how often you should be checking in/communicating with your team. This way, you can help each other stay on task and stay updated with ongoing projects and deadlines.

Stay Social

Working from home can be straining mentally and emotionally. Isolation and social distancing bring on a whole new set of problems to navigate. So it’s important to stay social and talk to friends and family throughout the day. This can not only help your mental and emotional well being but can also ensure that you are giving yourself adequate breaks throughout the work day and separating work from home life.

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