Working in an organized, clean, and tidy place can really help promote productivity. It makes finding what you need easier and ensures that you don’t waste time looking for that important document.
The panic over coronavirus is already stressful enough, and the last thing you want to worry about is how to Zoom call your manager — and whether your Wi-Fi can actually handle it. But alas, as the coronavirus outbreak shows no signs of slowing down, you could soon be in that position.
Working from home has its perks — you can work in sweatpants if you want, there’s no commute time and sometimes you can be more focused and efficient. But you’ll make the most of it if you approach the day intentionally.
Feeling messy? Below are some of Pro Waste Inc.’s best tips for working from home while staying sane and productive.
1. Select Your Space.
The first step is to set your mind properly. Finding the right workspace should be considered as clearing your mind and setting it ready to achieve new professional goals.
Would you like to fuel your creativity, or do you prefer a quiet environment for crunching numbers? You may find yourself curled up on the sofa one day and at the dining table the next, depending on the project.
Determine how you usually divide your day. For example, are you more creative in the morning? You may spend that time writing or brainstorming ideas for your latest project. The afternoons then could be a more relaxed time spent sitting on the sofa, sifting through emails and completing the rest of your tasks for the workday.
As you select what to keep from the “undecided” pile and reassemble your office, aim to keep your work area free of clutter.
Have you ever seen a CEO with stuffed animals on his or her desk? They are too busy being professional and working. Whether you work in a home office, kitchen or living room, if there’s “stuff” around that reminds you of your household chores, your eyes will go there and you’ll get distracted. Whenever you work from home, claim a clutter-free zone. This will help you stay focused on your workload and remain more aligned with an in-office experience.
3. Clean every inch.
With your stuff in piles, take the time to wipe down all surfaces, including electronics and the top of file cabinets, with a microfiber cloth and disinfecting cleaner.
If the budget permits, hire a professional cleaner, junk removal company and or rent a dumpster to get the job done thoroughly. Use a can of compressed air on the keyboard and around other areas with crevices that catch crumbs.
Meanwhile, don’t ignore water bottles and coffee cups, which can be breeding grounds for bacteria.
4. Clean Your Mind
Above all, be creative and don’t let your confined circumstances dwarf your tranquility, happiness or productivity.
Your greatest power is your perspective. It can victimize you or empower you. When you look for the upside in a downside situation and figure out what you can control and what you can’t, it’s easier to accept whatever is beyond your control.
Your best ally is to find the opportunity in the difficulty during an uncontrollable situation instead of the difficulty in the opportunity. Take advantage of this restrictive time to clear clutter out of your basement, pull weeds in the garden or get caught up on fun hobbies you’ve neglected for a while.
Bonus tip: Don’t forget to log off!
One of the most important aspects of a healthy work-from-home routine is creating boundaries. Log off for the day—and not just from your laptop.
Consider developing a phrase you say to yourself at the end of the day, to signal your mind that it’s time to stop thinking about work. Have a last-minute idea come up after office hours? Jot it down, but come back to it tomorrow. Just because you have access to work anytime doesn’t mean you should be logged in 24/7. Allow yourself to have downtime to create a work-life balance—we all need it, no matter where we are working.
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