Has the Coronavirus crisis turned you into a telecommuter virtually overnight? If so, you probably need time to adjust to your new working environment. Follow these three tips to better manage your workday with your new co-workers… your family!
Set Up a Home Office
If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room, you can create a dedicated workstation. But with a smaller home or apartment, you’ll need to be more innovative. Try to find a space tucked away from the center of the activity. Household noise and even unfinished chores, like dirty dishes and piles of laundry, will distract you and lower your productivity. A room with a door is ideal. In addition, keep all your work materials in one place. Even a box will do if you lack a permanent location. You don’t want to waste time searching for your supplies every day.
Establish the Rules
When you’re working remotely, you need to set guidelines. And, this applies to both your family and YOU. Let everyone in the house know exactly what your hours are. Depending on your employer, you may have some flexibility. For instance, you may work early in the morning and then later at night, so you can spend time with your kids in the middle of the day. Whatever you decide, be clear, “This is when I am working. Please do not disturb me unless there is an emergency.” Of course, your new co-workers may try to push the boundaries, so be prepared to enforce the rules as well.
Show Your Family What You Do
Have some fun, and think of your new working arrangement as an extended “Take Your Child (or Spouse) to Work Day.” Explain the types of projects you are working on, and if possible, enlist your kid’s help for small tasks. For example, Jimmy Kimmel’s children helped him design the opening for his Quarantine Minilogues. Also, this is a smart way to get your family on the same page as you. Instead of simply demanding, “Don’t bother me,” you are helping them understand WHAT you do and WHY you are asking them not to disturb you. However, be careful about your efforts to include your family are useful rather than an additional distraction.
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