The right way to handle working from home can make all the difference. You need to learn how to manage your newly designated office space and work flow in order to maximize efficiency. Here are some steps you can take that will help improve your productivity while working at home
Establish a Routine
Most employers are trying to keep the same work hours that they used to before everything was closed for business. Setting a home routine close to your office routine will help you stay grounded and start everyday off right.
Early in the morning, get dressed for work by showering, making coffee, and getting dressed. So many people find this to be a helpful reminder of what they need to do before starting their day.
Some employers offer a flexible work schedule. For example, if you were doing office hours at 9 AM – 5 PM before and would like to continue doing so after maternity leave, see if your company offers this option for new mothers.
Optimize your Workspace
A defined workspace is essential for anyone working from home. There would be no problem with separating this area into an office, but that is not always an option.
One of the most common solutions is to create a corner in your living room or bedroom. A basement might also be an option if you have one.
Think of what you would use in an office space and find substitutes for it at home so that your workplace is still comfortable. For example, there are many desks/tables made out of foldable plastic material which are easy to assemble or disassemble depending on how much time you want to spend working.
Keep in Touch
It is possible to damage relationships while working from home, but it has its benefits as well. If you let it, losing contact with your coworkers from five days a week to zero can have a profound effect.
Stay in touch with your colleagues with apps such as Slack and Zoom. Check in on people occasionally with video calls.
In addition to building teamwork inside the office, planning events outside can be beneficial.