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4 Tips on working from home during the Coronavirus outbreak

With the attention on Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) turning from containment to prevention, companies around the world are implementing a work from home policy for their employees. Even if you’ve worked from home before, this might feel like a whole new world: Your whole company is involved, it could be for an extended period of time, and you’re not at all sure how long it’ll last. These 4 strategies should help you stay productive and keep your sanity during this time.

Set a routine and a designated workspace.

Working from home comes with plenty of distractions. At-home tasks like doing the laundry, tidying up the house, or catching up with your favourite TV show can easily shift your focus from your work. Whether it’s a spare room, spot on the couch, or the kitchen table, you’ll need a place where you can focus on work, a space that reinforces that even though you’re physically at home, you’re actually at the office.

Communication is key

Out of sight, not out of mind! If your employer has an internal messaging system that allows you to chat with co-workers, use it. This is a time for over-communication, not only because this is a different way or working for some people, but because it helps you feel connected, which is also crucial to productivity and happiness. Otherwise you’ll find yourself talking to your dog about how how crazy you aren’t. Remember, your colleagues are only a text, video chat, or email away. Better yet, did you know your phone can also be used as a phone?

Make a list of goals for the day

The work day isn’t as regimented when you’re doing it remotely. How you go about accomplishing daily tasks might not be as linear as if you were in the office, but jotting down what needs to get done will help you manage your time better.

Don’t get too sucked in by the news

Distraction is one of the big challenges facing people who work from home – especially people who aren’t used to it. Right now, one of the biggest distractions is the news. And if you’re working from home because of the new coronavirus outbreak, checking in on COVID-19 updates is going to be at the front of your mind. It’s good to stay informed, of course, but it’s also easy to scroll yourself into an anxious mess.

For many during the coronavirus outbreak, the new normal will be working from home as we practice social distancing. Human interaction is still key, so remember you are still on a team and your colleagues are there to support you. Though many companies are implementing their work from home policy indefinitely during the coronavirus outbreak, this will not be the situation forever, and we’ll all return to the office before we know it!

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