Corona is here. The Kenyan government announced quarantine measures as from 16th March. All day primary and secondary schools were ordered to close and Universities to close on 20th March. The president requested employers to allow their employees if possible to work from home.
Majority of people are used to the work from the office and relax at home kind of routine and it can be difficult to be productive at home especially if you have kids. Also a lot of distractions come from such an environment.
Here are some tips on how to work from home productively.
Setup or identify a working space
Not everyone has a home office so you need to work with what you have. Identify a room or place that will get your productive juices flowing for the next couple of days. It could be the dining area or the balcony or even the sitting room, make sure its secluded and comfortable enough. Make it as comfy as possible and all you need should be in that space.
Let people know of your plans and routine
For those people who don’t leave alone, it is important to set some ground rules for the roommate or family members. Let them know you are still working to minimize distractions. This will know where not to go and not touch your items. It is basically a way to let them respect your space.
Setup your schedule and stick to it
Your productivity depends on setting up a schedule on your work load for a day, preferably the day before. This is to ensure all your deliverables are catered for and you won’t fall behind on any project. The most important bit it STICK TO THE SCHEDULE.
Have breaks and once in a while take some fresh air
Staying indoors will make your feel enclosed. Step outside for a walk, take a nap or even play with the kids a little. Monotony is not good for anyone. Discover an indoors hobby. After all the commuting time has been cut down to zero.
High time you start those home workout routines
We have those body goals that we want to reach and one of the best excuses is work. Now you have work with you at home and well you can get a workout scheduled within the day. Keeping in mind that you need to eat healthy.
Don’t throw your normal routine away
Your normal routine should help you shape your day to maintain productivity and keep you sane. With some minor adjustments with the environment and a little fun you will be fine. You don’t have to put on that tie or a dress code, the comfy clothes can come out to play.