COVID-19: A Professional’s Guide to Working From Home

In light of current developments surrounding the coronavirus, various companies and organizations have enforced a Work from Home policy for their workers. If at all possible, we encourage you to avoid going out into public spaces for now as we try to #FlattenTheCurve together. However, staying at home doesn’t have to mean not staying productive. Here are a few ways you can maximize working from home:

Focus on Communication

Working remotely when you have other team members or bosses to take into consideration can be quite a challenge. Establish a proper system of communication between yourself and those you work with so that everyone remains in sync. Don’t be afraid to make use of messaging apps like WhatsApp, Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Telegram to communicate with workmates.

Treat It Like a Real Job

When you’re working from home, it can be very tempting to just work on your laptop while you’re laying in bed in your pajamas all day. Avoid that. Get dressed as you would for your real job and find a table or a workstation that can function as your temporary office. This will help get you in the mood to work.

Stick to Your Daily Routine

Follow your daily routine as much as possible. So, if you regularly exercise before or after your work day, find some time to do so at home as well. If you do meditation, stretching, or light reading on a consistent basis, then incorporate that into your Work From Home schedule.

Eat and Drink Healthy

Now, more than ever, it’s important that you practice healthy habits. Load up on food and drinks that you know can help boost your immune system. Take care of your body and it will take care of you.

Clean Your Work Station Regularly

Cleanliness is key right now. Aside from disinfecting your hands and body with soap and alcohol, you should also be cleaning the items that you regularly come into contact with. So, regularly clean your desk, keyboards, mouse pads, and everything that you touch while you work.

Don’t Isolate Yourself

Lastly, don’t isolate yourself. Even if you’re just working from home, know that you are still a member of a larger community. Stay updated on the latest developments that are taking place in the world around you. Knowledge and awareness are the best possible ways you can arm yourself while you’re in a self-imposed quarantine.