The Home Office

Just a couple of weeks ago, who would have guessed so many of us would be working from our sofas and kitchen tables? It’s an unexpected reality, to be sure, but it doesn’t have to be uncharted territory. Fortunately, we live in an age that offers plenty of ways to stay connected and get things done remotely! Here are some ideas to make your home office a more productive place—especially if you are pulling double duty as a parent and an employee.

1. Keep your schedule as much like a normal workday as possible. Get up at the usual time, and shower and get dressed just like you would on a regular day. Routine can help you focus.

2. Have a set location to work from, whether it’s the dining room table or your home office. Keep all of your work materials organized there.

3. Set up video meetings using FaceTime, Skype or Zoom so you and your colleagues can see each other’s smiling faces. Sit in front of a non-distracting background like a wall, not a window, so others can see you clearly.

4. Give yourself a break. Take some time here and there to grab a healthy snack or step outside and get some fresh air.

5. Consider getting a good office chair with proper ergonomics for good posture and breathing.

6. Buy headphones or earbuds to help block outside noise and an inexpensive cell phone stand to help you work hands-free.

7. Set a definite stopping time each day so you don’t find yourself working all evening.

Sources: Forbes, USA Today 


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