Staying Productive While Working From Home

With the emergence of COVID-19, many schools and workplaces are insisting that you work remotely from home. While this is a dream-come-true to many, for others it can make learning and/or working significantly more difficult. Here are some tips to help you remain on task and productive while transitioning to remote learning and working.  

Create a Designated Workspace 

Rather than working from your bedroom or living room couch, find a place in your home that you can dedicate to work purposes. Being in a secluded workspace can help you keep a clear head and stay focused on necessary work.  

Organize Your Week From the Start 

Set aside some time during your Sunday to write out due dates, deadlines and expectations for your week. This will give yourself a clear view of what you need to accomplish and a timeline for each task.  

Create a Daily Schedule and Set Hourly Goals 

Curating a personalized daily schedule can assist in staying focused on personal and academic goals. Whether you prefer a physical or virtual calendar, organizing your tasks can help you stick to your deadlines. Not to mention, dividing your work into a specific hourly schedule can allow for more free time. 

Try to Stick With Your Normal Routines as Much as Possible 

Whether this means setting an alarm to a consistent wakeup time, getting a workout in, cooking a meal or even sitting down to review class notes, routines are crucial in staying productive. While it may be tempting to call it quits and have a free day, you’ll be happy you stuck to your routines and accomplished your goals 

Separate Your Workday From the Rest of Your Day 

Just like the saying “work hard, play hard”, keeping your schedule divided is a key component in staying on track. Coming up with a few free-time incentives once you complete your work can help you to stay motivated and increase overall morale.  

Remain in Contact With Classmates or Co-Workers 

Keeping in touch with your colleagues will help maintain a sense of normalcy. In addition, through communication and collaboration you have the opportunity to elevate the efficiency and quality of work while establishing peer accountability.  

Get Out of the House 

Allocate time in your day for a change in scenery. Whether it is a short hike through the park or a bike ride to run some errands, getting outside can help to improve both mental and physical health.  

Unplug 

Despite the fact that you have 24/7 access to your work, having boundaries is an important aspect of working from home. Allow yourself to have down-time and log off in order to create a healthy work-life balance.  

Maddie Boyd 

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