Events like COVID-19 could make remote work necessary for everyone. For those who prefer the office, we’ve compiled these tips to help you keep to your usual, productive routine wherever possible.
1. It’s Business as Usual…
- Follow the same routine you would as if you were going into the office.
- Structure your day around your natural flow of motivation and productivity (for example, are you more productive in the morning or after lunch?)
2. Have a Dedicated Workspace
- If possible, the workspace should be separate from areas of the home where there may be distractions or that you associate with relaxation.
3. Mirror Your Office Setup
- Create a home working environment like the one you have at work. If possible, try to recreate the physical setup, including monitor(s), keyboard, mouse and other peripherals you use daily.
4. Stay Connected Through Technology
- Make sure your home internet service can handle your typical workflows, for example, cloud-based collaboration, data-intensive workloads or large file transfers.
- Install your organization’s collaboration software and have easy access to training, support materials and contacts for your IT service desk.
- Use instant messaging and video calling to stay responsive and maintain real, person-to-person communication.
5. Structure your Day Like You’re in the Office
- Set a schedule and stick to it.
- Stay off personal social media. Make it harder for yourself to access personal social accounts and sign out if necessary.
- If you have the option, take advantage of tools like Microsoft Office 365’s MyAnalytics and Focus Time features to book automated “do not disturb” time.
6. Set Realistic Daily Goals
- Work with your manager or team to set and prioritize daily tasks. Don’t underestimate the time it will take to accomplish a task.
- Communicate your daily and weekly goals with your manager or team. Sharing these goals helps keep you accountable.
7. Don’t Forget about Snacks, Lunch and Breaks
- It’s easy to lose track of time. Make sure you include time for regular breaks.
8. Set Clear Boundaries with Family Members
- Set clear boundaries with family members or others who may be at home during the workday. Just because you are home doesn’t mean you’re available.
- Establish signals (such as headphones on or closed door) that indicate you are not to be disturbed.
9. Remove Distractions
- Do your best to remove distractions like the TV, household chores like laundry or anything that threatens to take your mind off work-related tasks.
10. Set Regular Hours and a Finish Time
- Set clear start and end times for your workday – and respect them. It’s important to separate work and personal life to avoid burnout.
- If you are a people leader, consider setting the example for your team by “signing off” for the day.
Don’t let the unpredictable impact your comfort or productivity. Our team of experts and product specialists are on hand to help you select, deploy adopt, secure and manage an end-to-end solution to support your users in any event.