The Online Corner: Tips for Working From Home
The Online Corner
The Online Corner, as published in snapd Dufferin June 2020
Submitted by Sarah Clarke, Media Strategist and Founder of Dufferin Media
Tips for Working From Home
Currently there is a large population in our community of people that are working from home. Their physical job locations would have shut down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and most are not yet reopened. As we struggle to balance home life and work life, which for many also includes helping their children with school work, here are some tips I hope are useful to you to better manage working from home.
Have a Dedicated Work Space
This is one of my biggest challenges when I am working from home. It is very easy to become distracted if I am working from a common area in my household such as my kitchen or living room. I know that I will be more productive if I have my own space to work from, preferably with a door, that I can settle into and concentrate on working.
Maintain Regular Hours
Try to set a schedule and keep to it. Having a regular routine for eating, sleeping, working, and household duties will help structure your day better and make you more efficient and happy. It will also let other members of your household know when they can expect you to be “unavailable” if you are working for a set period of time each day.
Get Familiar with Online Tools
There are lots of online tools that can make you more productive when you are working from home. Scheduling your calendar, tasks, and meetings in an online calendar such as Google Calendar, or Calendly will help you stay focused on what is next to do.
Zoom or Google Meets are incredible tools to host or join online meetings, networking events, or even social time. If you are looking for ways to further organize your team there are tools such as Asana, Monday.com or Trello for project management.
Don’t forget to use social media tools to stay connected, informed, and help you if they can with tools such as messenger and groups.
Stay Positive and Practice Self Care
Most importantly if you are currently working from home, make sure that you are practicing self care and staying as positive as you can. Get enough rest, eat well, drink lots of water, and exercise if even for a few minutes a day.
If you are not currently working, I highly suggest you seek out opportunities that otherwise might not be available to you due to time constraints, etc. You could take an online course, learn a new skill, volunteer for your community or tackle projects around your home.
Above all else, please stay safe and healthy! Hope you enjoy this edition of snapd Dufferin / Caledon I know that a lot of extra work went into it, especially the section honouring the graduates of 2020.