Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases, and our government’s attempt to stop the spread of the virus, many people have suddenly and unexpectedly found themselves working from home. It has been quite an adjustment for the majority of people, representing a lifestyle shift on a national level. As such, successfully working from home is proving to be a challenge for some.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of 5 tips for successfully working from home, to help you get back on track. 

Set a Schedule

It is incredibly difficult to be productive at home all day when you don’t give yourself a good amount of structure. When it comes successfully working from home, it helps to set a schedule for the day that includes all of the things you consider to be a priority. Focus on the major things first, and then build other activities and to-do items around that. 

Don’t make it too strict, though; it is important to leave a bit of margin for the unexpected and unforeseen. Write it out and post it somewhere that’s visible, to help you stay motivated throughout the day. You can even use timers to help you stick to the allotted blocks of time. 

Get Dressed 

You’ve heard the old saying “dress for the job you want”, but it also works to say, “dress for the job you have”. Sitting in loungewear all day might sound comfy, but it’ll get old quick. Dressing for the day, and doing your hair and/or makeup will alert your brain that it’s time to work and help make successfully working from home far easier.

It will help you accomplish more throughout your day to feel and look professional. This is especially important if working from home includes zoom calls or conferences. You want to show that you are applying the same level of professionalism at home just like you would at the office. 

Minimize Distractions

One of the hardest things about successfully working from home is all of the potential distractions. Maybe it’s your kids that are home from school, or the pile of laundry haunting you from the sofa. Whatever it is, make a plan for it! Use your scheduling to your advantage. 

Schedule a block of time to do homeschool with your children, and a block of time to get your work done while they are doing an online assignment. Schedule time to clean or get yard work done so you aren’t tempted to forego work duties at home. Reflect on what your biggest distractions are, and then make a plan to minimize them as much as possible. 

Build In Social Time

As everyone keeps saying, it’s social distancing, not social isolation. Everyone is staying at home, which means you have to be intentional and make an effort to connect with another person socially. Even if you are quarantined with your family, that doesn’t guarantee quality time. You have to be intentional about having conversations, laughing, making memories, and discussing your feelings. These are bizarre times, and we need to come together more than ever if we are going to come out on the other side of this intact. 

Outsource What You Can

It is probably unrealistic to think that you can perform 100% of your regular job remotely. No matter what you do, quarantine has changed our norm, which has impacted our normal functioning. Work also isn’t the only important aspect to consider right now. You most likely have a lot of important things vying for your attention. 

Instead of being a superhero and trying to do it all, outsource a task if you can. Lean on other people for help. Use a service you never have before. Figure out what you can let go of and hand off to someone else (a capable someone else). 

For example, companies like iCopy Legal provide copy services, as well we record retrieval services, and other administrative support to help simplify your work, and save you time. Why not utilize their help and take something off of your plate?

Ultimately, it is important to figure out what works best for you, whether you try one of these tips or other helpful tips. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to successfully working from home. Try several things and establish a rhythm that works for you. The most important thing is to not go it alone. Stay connected and reach out when you need a (figurative) shoulder to lean on.