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How to Make Working From Home, Work For You


​​​​​​​In these uncertain times, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Many of us are adjusting to a work from home model and experiencing major disruptions to our regular routines. Some of the things you'd normally do to boost your productivity (like going to lunch with the team, going to the gym, spending extra hours at office) may not be accessible at the moment. So what can you do? 

Reset Your Morning Routine

A major perk of working from home is ditching the commute. Use this time in the morning for a workout, self-renewal, or family time. This is the perfect time to adjust your mindset and prepare for a productive day. Try these tips on how to create the perfect morning routine. 

Get Your Technology in Order

Make sure  you have a strong internet connection or consider getting a Wi-Fi extender. Install all applications you’ll need and test video, sound and any other programs  you will use to communicate with your co-workers and clients. Iron out what your team is planning to use and make sure everyone is trained on the new software.

Location, Location, Location

Find or create a dedicated spot to work from that you can associate with your job and leave when you’re off the clock — that means get off the couch, and definitely out of bed. Preferably a room where you can shut the door and leave when you are done for the day. Consider adding some personal touches like an essential oil diffuser, pictures and a goal board to create an enjoyable working environment. 

Stay Connected

Use video calls when you can to increase face time with clients and colleagues and avoid isolation. JoinMe, Zoom and Skype make it easy. Consider creating an online work or networking group where you meet for a virtual coffee date in the morning or afternoon.

Bring The Outdoors In 

If you do not have any greens in your designated work from home location, consider adding some indoor plants to create a more inviting and creative space. Plus, they make your home's air healthier! Check out the link here for a list of beginner indoor plants.

Manage Expectations

It's wise to have a discussion with your team or boss about what can actually be accomplished from home. Clearly outline what the top priorities are, and discuss how tasks will get done. Be honest about what isn't working or can't get done in these circumstances. More overall communication is going to be necessary.

How has working from home changed your business and communication skills? Will you make this a permanent changed. ​​​​​​​

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