12 Resources on How to Survive Working From Home Without Losing Your Mind
With the rapid spread of the COVID-19, many companies have now shifted to working from home. Some may find this challenging. We all have our little routines, coming to the office and sharing a morning cup of coffee with our coworkers before diving into the daily grind. You might ask yourself: Will I be as productive? How do I organize my time? Will I be able to work with my kids around? How long will I last before going coo-coo?
Well, don’t you worry about a thing! We’ve got you covered!
We’ve compiled a list of useful resources, to make it easier for you to adapt to your new working environment.
Stay Productive Working From Home
If you don’t know where to start, now that you’re stuck at home yet still need to deliver on your tasks, read this amazing article by PC Magazine with 20 Tips for Working From Home, that covers all the basics of how to organize your time and space in order to stay productive.
It may be a bit of a challenge to find a spot in your home, where you won’t be disturbed and have everything at hand, for when you need to stay at your laptop and work. Here are 8 Ways to Turn Your Tiny Desk Into an Awesome Home Office that we’ve already tried out and can say for a fact that they work.
Who knows? Maybe this whole work from home ordeal won’t be as bad as it sounds. If you do it right, you might even get something good out of it. There’s even solid evidence that working from home might actually have some benefits, as you can see for yourself in the blog post with a pretty neat infographic visualizing how New Research Shows Remote Work Allows Us To Live Better Lives.
When working from home, it’s important to maintain a good work-life balance, so that you don’t get overwhelmed and stay on top of your tasks, without neglecting your family at the same time. Read another article from The Muse on Separating Work from Life: 3 Habits for Remote Workers to see if you’re doing everything you can to stay in touch with reality and not bite off more than you can chew.
If you need some advice on how to be productive even if not in the office, check out How to Work From Home: 20 Tips From People Who Do It Successfully. There’s lots of great advice on how to stay in the zone and do it right. After all, many people work from home on a daily basis and somehow manage to balance their life perfectly fine. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do it as well.
Time magazine offers another short guide on how to handle remote work in 5 Tips for Staying Productive and Mentally Healthy While You’re Working From Home, focusing more on finding your own pace and working effectively as a team.
And while you’re at it, check these 23 Essential Tips for Working Remotely. If all that doesn’t get you covered, then we don’t know what else!
Once You’re Done Working For the Day
Now that you know how to make the best of your working hours while staying at home, it’s important to remember to switch off and “come home” at the end of the day. Make the best of this time by spending it with your family or having some quality alone-time. Get some ideas from USA Today’s blog post 100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic.
If you don’t feel like doing much after you’ve spent your whole day working, you can always unwind with a good movie. This is also a great time to work on your cooking skills and teach yourself a few new recipes. Check out the NY Times article on What to Watch, Listen to and Cook During Your Coronavirus Self-Quarantine to get some ideas.
If you’re stuck with your kids at home, first of all, we all feel for you! But you can use this alone time with your offspring for good. It’s important to keep your kids entertained so that they don’t go bouncing off the walls. Check out Parade’s 125 Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained During the Coronavirus Crisis.
Another great way to spend all the time you’ve freed up now that you don’t have to spend hours on the commute to and from work every day is to do something for your inner growth, be it self-education, or enriching yourself culturally. Who’d believe, that now you don’t even need to go anywhere to explore the world’s greatest museums or watch theatre plays and operas? Check out a comprehensive list of all the virtual museums and concert halls in the blog post Explore everything from the Louvre to the Met Opera while you’re stuck at home.
To sum it all up, check out this Wired article on Gear and Tips to Help You Get Through the Coronavirus Pandemic that touches upon all the basics that you need to know when staying at home for the time being: anything from foods you need to stock up on, to games that you can play with your kids while on quarantine.
Now that you’re all geared up and ready to spend the next few weeks at home, don’t forget to stay positive and practice your patience. Let’s make this the best experience it can be and come out as better people in the end.