COVID-19 is rapidly changing the way that millions of people live their lives. Many offices (including TLC) are mandating their employees now work from home in order to avoid potential infection. This new flexibility can be rewarding but also frustrating at the same time. Below are our top five tips to increase efficiency when working from home.
Have a dedicated workspace
Whether it’s a separate room in your house or a table located in your dining room, pick a spot where you can hunker down and focus on work without distractions.
Create to-do lists
Organizing your thoughts is incredibly important. This is especially true when you are in an environment that could distract you from getting work-related tasks done. Try and pick your top three items to get done for the day and check on them as the day progresses.
This one might seem obvious, but could be harder to do from home. Stepping outside the house is a great way to take a break and have a change of scenery. These breaks will refresh your mind and help increase workflow efficiency. TLC strongly encourages all employees to take a minimum of two 10 minute breaks at 10:00AM and 2:00PM.
One of the big benefits of working from home is you have more ways to increase your comfort levels. Whether it’s sitting in your favorite chair or lounging on the couch, do whatever you can to make sure you are comfortable. More comfort will lead to less stress.
There are tons of ways to stay connected in 2020. Email, phone, and apps such as Microsoft Teams, Skype, and many others all provide ways for you to connect with your teammate and coworkers. Try to setup daily or weekly phone calls to check-in with your staff and make sure they are all on the same page.