Are you working from home? If you’re new to the work-from-home routine, here are some helpful tips to help you work efficiently, without stressing.

Set a Schedule and Stick to It

Making a schedule is a must while working from home. While at home, get up and have breakfast at the same time each day. You can also exercise, read, or listen to music, before starting work. After work hours, shut down your computer, stop checking emails, and focus on your personal life.

Make a Dedicated Workspace

Find a quiet space away from your family and other distractions and make it as comfortable as possible. Also, ensure that you have everything you need in one place.

Take a Break

Make sure you take regular screen breaks and a lunch break to keep your stress levels low. Take time to focus on something else, whether it is a walk or a coffee. If you are feeling tense or stiff, move around.

Stay Connected

Human interaction is important, so speak to your manager if you are struggling. You could also meet in person for lunch if you can while following the latest social distancing guidelines.

Set Boundaries

Speak to your family about your needs and share your schedule with them. By doing so, you can enjoy being with family, housemates, or your partner at the end of the day.

Brush up On Time Management

Here are some helpful tips to manage your time better:

– Delete half of the emails you get.

– Do tasks that are urgent or can be completed quickly.

– Delegate a few tasks to other people.

– Defer tasks that will need longer preparation to deal with if they are not urgent.

Think Long-Term

Explore different activities or software tools that interest you so that you can boost collaboration with others.

Be Kind to Yourself

Do remember that we are in an unusual situation, so ensure that you are kind to yourself and accept that you might not be as productive as you usually would be if life was not this way. Be realistic about the goals you can achieve given the circumstances.