9 Tips for Successfully Working from Home During the Current Health Crisis

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“If working remotely is such a great idea, why isn’t everyone doing it? I think it’s because we’ve been bred on the idea that work happens from 9-to-5, in offices and cubicles. It’s no wonder that most who are employed inside that model haven’t considered other options, or resist the idea that it could be any different. But it can.” — Jason Fried

Last week, we examined things to consider when setting up a home office. This week, we will stay on track and look at several tips that will aid you in successfully working from home. And that will help keep you focused and working efficiently. 

By now, if you’ve been pushed into working from home due to COVID-19, you’ve been at this for a month. You’ve got the basics down. Now, let’s work out the kinks!

The global pandemic is not only forcing new working environments, but also new working rituals.

Think about it: If you’ve been used to commuting to an office, some of your daily rituals might include waking up and showering, grabbing some breakfast, and getting on the road — or catching a certain bus, train, or subway — on time so you won’t be arriving late to work. You may have grabbed a cup of coffee at a certain location.

You may have been used to taking a morning break at a certain time and heading out to lunch at a certain time. Same basic things for the afternoon and the ride back home.

Of course, there are many other details you attended to during the course of the day — too many to try to mention, in fact. But the bottom line is — you were acclimated to your schedule. There were few, if any, surprises.

Now, you’re forced to work from home and your professional world has been turned topsy-turvy. There are new distractions and temptations to take you away from your work. Maybe you like it, and maybe you don’t. But this might be the reality for a while, so you need to learn everything you can about successfully working from home… that way you can make the best of it.

And following are several tips to help you do that… to stay motivated and to treat your new working environment in a professional manner…

1) Get up, get showered, and get dressed — Yes, it is tempting to stay in your sweats all day. However, developing good habits is important in a remote work environment. This is why it’s important to start your day as if you were going to your office. Getting up on time, showering, and getting dressed will help instill a professional mindset and set the tone of your workday.

2) Set some ground rules — It’s important that your loved ones know you’re working and that it’s not okay to interrupt you or be loud. You don’t want to treat your livelihood haphazardly. You need to stay focused on your work.

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John Torre

I reside in North Brunswick, NJ, with my wife, Lynn, and daughters Kasey, Jaclyn, and Shelly. We also have a 110 pound, lovable Rottie named Leo that keeps us on our toes! When we're not hard at work we enjoy spending weekends at our bungalow down the Jersey shore, or take extended trips to Walt Disney World as members of the Disney Vacation Club. For kicks, I draw on my dominant "right-brain" and play guitar in classic rock and blues bands, act for local plays and independent productions, and enjoy writing creative fiction. I'm a published author in short fiction and stage plays and a graduate of a local community college's Commercial Writer's Certificate Program. After graduating from the program I was selected as an instructor and taught "Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror" writing for 8 years. I enjoy many fine relationships I made with my students to this day.

2 Comments

  • Great post and healthy ideas . As a professional artist , even though I know what I know I have to on any given day, numerous people and distractions often knock me off my immediate duties. Thanks for the great information.

  • Good stuff, John!
    I need the reminders as well as the fresh ideas.
    Lot’s of plates spinning, so your help with herding the cats is great.
    Thanks!
    RDA

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