October 27, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that millions of Americans go to work. When most people started working from home in March, they assumed that it would last for a few weeks at most. Considering that many of us still work remotely and that the upcoming winter will likely lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases, it is high time to make your work-from-home space a bit more permanent.
Below are some tips for setting up a more permanent and comfortable remote workspace.
- Set up a desk or table that is dedicated to working. Sitting on the couch in the living room to work may have been fun at first but is likely throttling your ability to focus now. Not to mention putting a strain on your neck and back. If you have space, set up a small desk or claim a seat at the dinner table as a dedicated workspace. Sitting upright and always reporting to work from the same location will help separate your living space from your workspace.
- Invest in a pair of good headphones. Not everyone has space for a home office with a closing door. For those people, we recommend investing in noise-canceling headphones. That way, you can effectively tune-out the noises in your home and focus more fully on your work commitments.
- Come up with a color-code system for your family. It is common to be interrupted by family when working from home. To avoid constant interruptions, develop a color code system. If a green sheet of paper is hanging from the back of your chair, then interruptions are ok. If a red sheet of paper is displayed, then your family should know to come back later.
- Delete social media apps and unplug the TV during working hours. Our homes are full of distractions. To keep yourself focused during business hours, remove those distractions, and reward yourself with them once you are done working for the day.
Blending a home and workspace is not easy, but by setting up some boundaries and establishing a routine, you can continue to be effective remotely. For help and support with workplace issues, contact Para Los Trabajadores today.