This pandemic is like nothing this generation has seen before. It’s unlike previous generations have seen before, too. You have to go back a long way to find something as strange and as potentially perilous as this. We must still work and keep the societal wheels spinning, though. The world has almost stopped, but that doesn’t mean we can come to a grinding halt. Here are some great tips for keeping you work organised at home.
As a busy individual with lots of responsibilities like, say, a family and many, many professional commitments, you might say that the COVID-19 outbreak has put a spanner well and truly in the works. Working from home has its benefits, but it’s pretty awkward as we’re not used to it – even if it has been a couple of months now.
Have A Plan Or A Routine
Having a plan always helps in any situation. When it comes to working in an unorthodox place (even if it is your own home), then working off the cuff could end up being a negative experience. It’s so easy to get distracted when you’re in the comfort of your own home, as there are so many things going on around you. You are also literally sitting in your private abode without the pressure of a work environment and your boss breathing down your neck. Write out a particular plan and stick to it. Get yourself into a routine if you have to. Treat every day like a normal day in the regular office.
Create A Home Office
If you already have you, then go for you – you’re proactive and productive. If not, then perhaps you could take a spare room and give it a little makeover. This might seem like a purely cosmetic idea to make it look like you’re doing something, but the psychological impact it actually has is pretty significant. When you’re in a more formal setting, you get more done. It’s a lot better than lounging on your couch with your laptop on your legs.
Have Your Computer Systems Organized
In your regular office, you probably have everything set up in terms of your personal computer(s). At home, however, you might need to get all of that stuff done again. Make sure you’ve installed everything you need – whether it’s your automatic templates or pieces of discrete, important data. Also, be sure to get everything backed up just in case anything goes wrong – you should know the drill by now.
Stay Away From Distractions
The number one distraction these days will be your phone, so do your best not to give in to the temptation that it holds over you. Obviously, your family isn’t going to be classed as a distraction as you need to care for them, but if you have young kids, figure out a way of keeping them occupied while you do what you have to do. Balancing work and family isn’t exactly the most straightforward task, but it’s one that can absolutely be done.
How do you keep organised from home? Are there any extra points you want to add in the comments below? I’d love to hear them.