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How to Work from Home: Ten Tips to Stay on Track

How to Work from Home: Ten Tips to Stay on Track

Jess Santini

Jess Santini

March 24, 2020

As a former freelancer, Jess Santini, Havas Media's Associate Director of Marketing & Communications, offers her advice when it comes to working effectively from home.

"Try to maintain a regular eight-hour shift with a beginning, middle, and an end"

Take it from me, a former freelancer who worked from my one-bedroom apartment almost exclusively for four years: working from home sparks an entrepreneurial and agile spirit, and you may find you’re even more productive at home than you are in the office.

For some people, this is a welcome change of pace from clocking into the office each day. You’re free to wear what you want, blast music, and enjoy the company of your loved ones while you put in your hours. For others, working from home throws a wrench into your routine causing stress and anxiety. No matter which bucket you fall into, here are some tips and tricks to stay engaged, connected, and sane.

Get ready for the day

Get up, get showered, and get dressed. It’s fine to slip on some cozy athleisure, but do not spend the day working in the same pajamas you slept in. Getting ready as you normally would makes you feel refreshed and sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Work regular business hours

Keep up with your normal routine: start your day by listening to your usual daily podcast or enjoying a fresh pot of coffee. Then spend 10 minutes prioritizing your to-do list and setting your schedule for the day. Remember to take breaks and stop for lunch. You might be nervous that unfamiliar distractions and a lack of structure will cause you to be less productive, but overcompensate and you’ll find yourself burnt out and miserable. It’s easy to get too “in the zone” at home, so try to maintain a regular eight-hour shift with a beginning, middle, and an end.

Designate your workspace

Find a clean working space free from distraction. A clutter-free desk or table is best, but even if you have to work in a small space like your bedroom or studio, make your bed and tidy up before you get to work.

Set the Tone

Working from home can be a little too quiet, which makes it difficult to focus. Put on some calm, background music to get you in the zone. Acoustic, instrumental music that creates a steady cadence yet doesn’t distract is my favorite, and Spotify has several playlists to choose from.

Set Boundaries

For a lot of us, working from home means working with roommates, parents, children, siblings, and significant others. It’s important to set boundaries and be clear about what you need. Ask for less chatter while you’re on conference calls or to respect your privacy if the door is closed. Don’t be shy about reminding them that this is not a vacation, this is a work from home situation.

"The silver lining in all of this is that you have the opportunity to multitask and enjoy the comfort of your own home"

Maintain Communication with your colleagues

Stay connected to your team via text, Microsoft Teams, email, and phone. If you’re craving some human interaction, schedule a Zoom conference or Facetime. Remember not to under or over-communicate. Again, try to maintain your regular office behavior.

Take a break

Don’t feel guilty for taking breaks, sharing a quick conversation with friends or family, or getting a few chores done. You’re not chained to your desk in the office, and you shouldn’t be at home either. Little breaks throughout the day keep your mind sharp and your sanity intact.

Get some fresh air

Based on your local laws and rules, it’s important to get out of the house if you can, even for just a minute. Take a quick walk around the block during your lunch break or step outside and do some stretches.

Reward yourself for staying on track

If you’re having difficulty focusing on your work, set small goals throughout the day and reward yourself for staying on track. Allow yourself to catch up on your favorite show or listen to a podcast during your lunch break, but only after you’ve finished your morning tasks.

Make lemonade out of lemons

There are a lot of benefits to working from home, and you might as well take advantage of them. Cook yourself a nice breakfast, throw in the laundry while you work, and take a lunch time virtual yoga class. The silver lining in all of this is that you have the opportunity to multitask and enjoy the comfort of your own home. Don’t feel guilty for doing so!

"Try to maintain a regular eight-hour shift with a beginning, middle, and an end"

Take it from me, a former freelancer who worked from my one-bedroom apartment almost exclusively for four years: working from home sparks an entrepreneurial and agile spirit, and you may find you’re even more productive at home than you are in the office.

For some people, this is a welcome change of pace from clocking into the office each day. You’re free to wear what you want, blast music, and enjoy the company of your loved ones while you put in your hours. For others, working from home throws a wrench into your routine causing stress and anxiety. No matter which bucket you fall into, here are some tips and tricks to stay engaged, connected, and sane.

Get ready for the day

Get up, get showered, and get dressed. It’s fine to slip on some cozy athleisure, but do not spend the day working in the same pajamas you slept in. Getting ready as you normally would makes you feel refreshed and sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Work regular business hours

Keep up with your normal routine: start your day by listening to your usual daily podcast or enjoying a fresh pot of coffee. Then spend 10 minutes prioritizing your to-do list and setting your schedule for the day. Remember to take breaks and stop for lunch. You might be nervous that unfamiliar distractions and a lack of structure will cause you to be less productive, but overcompensate and you’ll find yourself burnt out and miserable. It’s easy to get too “in the zone” at home, so try to maintain a regular eight-hour shift with a beginning, middle, and an end.

Designate your workspace

Find a clean working space free from distraction. A clutter-free desk or table is best, but even if you have to work in a small space like your bedroom or studio, make your bed and tidy up before you get to work.

Set the Tone

Working from home can be a little too quiet, which makes it difficult to focus. Put on some calm, background music to get you in the zone. Acoustic, instrumental music that creates a steady cadence yet doesn’t distract is my favorite, and Spotify has several playlists to choose from.

Set Boundaries

For a lot of us, working from home means working with roommates, parents, children, siblings, and significant others. It’s important to set boundaries and be clear about what you need. Ask for less chatter while you’re on conference calls or to respect your privacy if the door is closed. Don’t be shy about reminding them that this is not a vacation, this is a work from home situation.

"The silver lining in all of this is that you have the opportunity to multitask and enjoy the comfort of your own home"

Maintain Communication with your colleagues

Stay connected to your team via text, Microsoft Teams, email, and phone. If you’re craving some human interaction, schedule a Zoom conference or Facetime. Remember not to under or over-communicate. Again, try to maintain your regular office behavior.

Take a break

Don’t feel guilty for taking breaks, sharing a quick conversation with friends or family, or getting a few chores done. You’re not chained to your desk in the office, and you shouldn’t be at home either. Little breaks throughout the day keep your mind sharp and your sanity intact.

Get some fresh air

Based on your local laws and rules, it’s important to get out of the house if you can, even for just a minute. Take a quick walk around the block during your lunch break or step outside and do some stretches.

Reward yourself for staying on track

If you’re having difficulty focusing on your work, set small goals throughout the day and reward yourself for staying on track. Allow yourself to catch up on your favorite show or listen to a podcast during your lunch break, but only after you’ve finished your morning tasks.

Make lemonade out of lemons

There are a lot of benefits to working from home, and you might as well take advantage of them. Cook yourself a nice breakfast, throw in the laundry while you work, and take a lunch time virtual yoga class. The silver lining in all of this is that you have the opportunity to multitask and enjoy the comfort of your own home. Don’t feel guilty for doing so!

Jess oversees media relations, content management, culture, and events for Havas Media NA.

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