March 13, 2020
Nowadays you can do almost anything right from the comfort of your home, whether it is banking, working out, grocery shopping, or even working. Due to the Coronavirus you may be advised to work from home for an extended period of time, if that’s the case check out our tips on how to do so productively.
Set a schedule – Though it may be tempting to call it quits after an hour or two, it is important to have the mentality that you are going into work. To stay on schedule, establish what and when you’ll do tasks over the course of the day. Create personal events and reminders that tell you when to start on new projects.
In addition, plan your schedule around your most productive time. For example, planning an important project during a “2 pm slump” may not be beneficial. Save your harder tasks for when you know you can handle them. Use your slower points of the day to knock out the easier things.
Choose an appropriate workspace – Get into the right frame of mind by working in a space that allows you to work efficiently and neatly. Rather than working from your bed or favorite couch that are associated with leisure time.
Avoid distractions – Working from home sounds great, but with distractions like the TV, radio, cell phone and social media you can be less productive. To avoid the distractions, consider having the TV and radio off and your cell phone on silent mode. For social media consider signing out of any that you may be logged in to and removing any shortcuts you may have to them.
Interact with others – If you are working from home for an extended period of time you may feel loneliness and/or disconnected. Remember you are home and interacting with other people during the day is allowed.
Pick a time to end – Have you ever been caught up in an activity where you say, “Where has the time gone”? It’s easy to lose track of time in a relaxing environment that’s why creating an alarm to signal the end of the day is important. By doing so, this can help start the process of saving your work and calling it quits for the day.
On behalf of OceanFirst we encourage you to stay safe during this time.