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How To Work From Home



There are a lot of people who are starting to work from home due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. If you are new to it, here are a couple of tips to help with the transition:

Create a morning routine: Since you'll be in the same space, set a routine to get you in the mindset to work. Also, still get dressed! I've found that I have a much harder time staying focused if I’m in my chill attire.

Set a schedule: Structure is going to be your best friend. Set designated work times, and be sure to discuss these times with everyone in your household. This will ensure you are all on the same page, and you can try to get work done uninterrupted. Also, don't forget to schedule breaks.

Set up a designated space to work: Mentally, it's best to try to separate social and rest areas from workspaces. That way, you are mentally prepared to work and not be tempted to nap.

Avoid TV: No, seriously! I know it's tempting, but you'll likely get sucked in and productivity will be low. Save it for breaks and when you are really done for the day.

Mute your phone: On conference and video calls when you're not speaking. No one wants to hear the background noise or you randomly burping. Or screaming at your kid to get down.

Use headphones: When video conferencing - it's usually more accessible for people to hear you and stops feedback when you unmute your mic.

Get coffee and snacks: A lot of people who work in offices are used to coffee and snacks being readily available (like that cake in the break room), so when you're stocking up be sure to include these on your list!

Speak up more: Especially on conference calls. Since you're not physically present, you'll have to make your presence known by being a bit more vocal than you usually would.

When you sign off, actually sign off: It's really easy to get sucked into working long hours when you work from home. Try to create space for yourself to relax and turn off work-related notifications like Slack, Email, and other work-related apps.

As a person who has worked from home for over a year, I thought this was great advice from my frat brother Tristan L Layfield. I don’t personally abide by all of these, but I can see how doing so could give the best results possible.

Stay Safe, Elijah

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