Millions of Americans are adjusting to a new normal amid the COVID-19 outbreak: working from home. And while it is true that a remote work situation has its benefits, it takes some getting used to. Chances are, your entire lifestyle has just been turned upside down, and you might not know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing just yet.
Here are some resources to help you get in the groove.
Workflow and Communication
For many people, communication and staying on top of projects is the most difficult aspect of being plunged into a work-at-home lifestyle.
● Look for ways to improve collaboration when working from home.
● Check out the Kanban workflow processes to help manage your tasks.
● Find out how Google Drive can help improve collaboration.
● Check out this quick guide for video meeting basics using Zoom.
● Tap into apps and software for project management and staying productive.
A New Routine
Something you might miss is your morning commute and the relative quiet of a professional workplace. Here are a few ways to streamline your morning, overcome obstacles, exercise (because that is still important!), and outfit your home office to perfection.
● Here are nine tips to perfect your ‘working from home’ morning routine.
● There are ways you can work remotely with kids at home.
● There are plenty of effective exercises you can do at your desk.
● Need to design a home office? These tips can help you get started.
Work at Home Resources
The following links can help you build a team, find your virtual community, keep yourself healthy, and overcome a remote worker’s worst nightmare: an internet outage.
● Slack has a number of great communities to assist/support remote workers.
● Always look for ways to stay healthy while working remotely.
● Prepare yourself for the possibility of an internet or power outage.
Few people ease into working from home overnight. It’s going to take time, dedication, and a new mindset. However, the resources above can help you get started and be more efficient and productive as you learn to navigate the nuances of an unexpectedly remote workplace.