Epperly Travel is a remote Travel Agency where the majority of our team works from home on a regular basis. With the new social distancing mandates due to Covid-19 many everyday office workers are getting their first-hand look at a work from home schedule. While for many people this sounds like a dream come true, working from home can be much harder than it seems. We have put together a few tips so that you can make the most of your schedule, time, and effort while working remotely.
1. Make and stick to a consistent schedule
Set a schedule that matches the one you would keep in the office. Schedule breaks, virtual meetings, and calls so that you can keep structure to your day and always know the next task at hand.
2. Set an alarm and wake up with a routine
What time do you normally wake up to get ready and head into the office? Keep your alarm set for that same time and actually wake up when it goes off in the morning. It’s easy to know that you have extra time to hit snooze, but sticking to the same schedule will allow you to build a morning routine that focuses on productivity rather than checking emails from your bed.
3. Get ready for the day
This is essential and will make all the difference in your day. When you associate getting yourself dressed, making coffee, and putting a little make-up on to the routine of getting ready for your normal routine of going into work, you are setting yourself up for a successful productive day.
4. Set a dedicated workspace
Just because you are not in the office doesn’t mean you can’t set up a space in your home that resembles the office. Rather than cooping up in bed or on the couch (spaces that represent leisure time) set up a dedicated space or surface that can house all of the materials you need to be successful.
5. Set boundaries
Now that your home is your office it is easy to let the workday roll into the night and take away the normal office hours that you had before. This is where you need to set boundaries for yourself, your team, and your clients. Continue to work the same schedule, such as from 9 am to 5 pm, and do not, unless an emergency, feel the need to answer that email at 9 pm or take that phone call while eating dinner. You deserve the separation of work and leisure.
6. Take breaks
When making your daily schedule be sure you schedule breaks in your day. It is easy to keep rolling with your to-do list and not take a moment for yourself. Ensure you take your whole break, whether this is your lunch hour or a simple 15-minute break away from the screen to mentally reset for the next task at hand.
7. Socialize with colleagues
Office culture is very important and to suddenly work in isolation can be very grueling. One thing that our team at Epperly Travel does is use Zoom Meetings to have face to face interaction with our team members to keep a watercolor talk type of atmosphere even though we may be states away from one another. Another great tip is to include a group message board to bounce questions and ideas off of one another so that no one feels like they are truly on their own.
8. Take advantage of the perks of being home
While yes, working and staying on task is the most important item each workday, you still have the luxury of being home. While taking your breaks you can work on home projects, focus on cooking lengthy meals that you may not have had the time to do before or jump back into your favorite hobbies such as puzzles or gardening.
Working from home can be rewarding as much as it is difficult. We encourage everyone to keep their heads up during this period of transition and stick to a routine to stay motivated, productive, and successful.